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Edmonton home builder claims all its homes will create as much energy as they use

Fri, 22 Nov by Kevin Grenier

“Net Zero Home” is  a term given to a home that creates as much energy as it consumes effectively reducing its carbon footprint.

My bet is you are going to hear a lot more about this hitherto rarely attained goal thanks to Edmonton’s own Landmark Homes Inc and their commitment to creating all their homes to this level by 2015.

I was fortunate enough to take part in a tour of their plant located at 4403 55 Ave NW Edmonton. The tour was led by Curt Beyer Vice President of Manufacturing who is also a stakeholder in the plant.

The plant currently builds about 3 homes a day using processes adopted from other industries, most notably automobile manufacturing. Curt showed us the entire assembly line starting with the lumber being cut to size, walls being assembled, foam insulation bays, window and door line, roof assembly zone, floor assembly and much more.

Now at first blush you may be thinking pre-fab homes with visions of half a trailer being trucked to its destination to be placed on a foundation and mated with its other half. Or perhaps a Scandinavian  type of an idea where pieces are shipped in a box and put together at the other end with a less then top of the line stigma.

Well Curt put it this way. “How would you feel if you bought a (insert high end car brand here) only to find that a box full of all of the parts was placed on your driveway and a team of mechanics came by to assemble it?”.

Throughout the tour I began to disabuse myself of this notion that a house wasn’t built right unless it was built on site. Oh and the other notion that if it was built in a plant that it was done to cut costs or worse the idea of it being “slapped” together by a crew that “made it work” when things didn’t quite fit right.

I saw many similarities to the BMW plant in Munich, Germany that I toured in August and began to see Curt and his partner’s vision. One that went way beyond the building of a house for profit. One of quality using machinery that build to the millimeter instead of a fraction of an inch. One of consistency and greatly reducing and in many cases eliminating human error. A desire to revolutionize the way homes are built by the entire industry. The benefit of a process that reduces waste, a huge problem in the home building industry as witnessed by those of you who have ever seen the landfills and the amount of construction debris. This process greatly increases the quality, fit, finish and function of the end product. This process decreases worker fatigue and injuries. It takes only hours to assemble on site the walls, floors and roof to lock up stage so that the materials are not exposed to the elements for lengthy periods causing other complications. I could go on but in short the customer wins by getting a precision built home. One that often exceeds industry standards.

As a result the Edmonton plant attracts internationals visiting from other builders, universities and government organizations who want to learn the many industry firsts Landmark has accomplished with this method of building or would manufacturing be a better term?

I was glad I went to the tour, there is much more I discovered all of it good that I can share now with my clients to help them make a more informed decision.

Landmark’s dedication to excellence I applaud and their willingness to share their insights and methods to not only my REALTOR® colleagues but competing builders in the area and abroad is rare in the corporate jungle.

Why share this information so freely? Because they feel this is the way home building should be done, the right way. As a pioneer and leader in this technology they have such a head start on their competition that there is very little downside especially as for example they move to their new bigger plant in Ellerslie and already have the sale of the existing plant in place to I believe four local builders who are going to share the plant .

As more people see the benefits of this build style “Net Zero Homes” will become the sought after standard and what an impact that will have on our overall carbon foot print.

Next time I walk into a Landmark show home with one of my clients I”ll be better prepared to answer their questions, who knows maybe I’ll even teach the salesperson a thing or two…Just saying.

“Net Zero Home” is  a term given to a home that creates as much energy as it consumes effectively reducing its carbon footprint.

My bet is you are going to hear a lot more about this hitherto rarely attained goal thanks to Edmonton’s own Landmark Homes Inc and their commitment to creating all their homes to this level by 2015.

I was fortunate enough to take part in a tour of their plant located at 4403 55 Ave NW Edmonton. The tour was led by Curt Beyer Vice President of Manufacturing who is also a stakeholder in the plant.

The plant currently builds about 3 homes a day using processes adopted from other industries, most notably automobile manufacturing. Curt showed us the entire assembly line starting with the lumber being cut to size, walls being assembled, foam insulation bays, window and door line, roof assembly zone, floor assembly and much more.

Now at first blush you may be thinking pre-fab homes with visions of half a trailer being trucked to its destination to be placed on a foundation and mated with its other half. Or perhaps a Scandinavian  type of an idea where pieces are shipped in a box and put together at the other end with a less then top of the line stigma.

Well Curt put it this way. “How would you feel if you bought a (insert high end car brand here) only to find that a box full of all of the parts was placed on your driveway and a team of mechanics came by to assemble it?”.

Throughout the tour I began to disabuse myself of this notion that a house wasn’t built right unless it was built on site. Oh and the other notion that if it was built in a plant that it was done to cut costs or worse the idea of it being “slapped” together by a crew that “made it work” when things didn’t quite fit right.

I saw many similarities to the BMW plant in Munich, Germany that I toured in August and began to see Curt and his partner’s vision. One that went way beyond the building of a house for profit. One of quality using machinery that build to the millimeter instead of a fraction of an inch. One of consistency and greatly reducing and in many cases eliminating human error. A desire to revolutionize the way homes are built by the entire industry. The benefit of a process that reduces waste, a huge problem in the home building industry as witnessed by those of you who have ever seen the landfills and the amount of construction debris. This process greatly increases the quality, fit, finish and function of the end product. This process decreases worker fatigue and injuries. It takes only hours to assemble on site the walls, floors and roof to lock up stage so that the materials are not exposed to the elements for lengthy periods causing other complications. I could go on but in short the customer wins by getting a precision built home. One that often exceeds industry standards.

As a result the Edmonton plant attracts internationals visiting from other builders, universities and government organizations who want to learn the many industry firsts Landmark has accomplished with this method of building or would manufacturing be a better term?

I was glad I went to the tour, there is much more I discovered all of it good that I can share now with my clients to help them make a more informed decision.

Landmark’s dedication to excellence I applaud and their willingness to share their insights and methods to not only my REALTOR® colleagues but competing builders in the area and abroad is rare in the corporate jungle.

Why share this information so freely? Because they feel this is the way home building should be done, the right way. As a pioneer and leader in this technology they have such a head start on their competition that there is very little downside especially as for example they move to their new bigger plant in Ellerslie and already have the sale of the existing plant in place to I believe four local builders who are going to share the plant .

As more people see the benefits of this build style “Net Zero Homes” will become the sought after standard and what an impact that will have on our overall carbon foot print.

Next time I walk into a Landmark show home with one of my clients I”ll be better prepared to answer their questions, who knows maybe I’ll even teach the salesperson a thing or two…Just saying.

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Improving the buying and selling process

Sat, 16 Nov by Kevin Grenier

The technology for real estate professionals is constantly improving and as a result improving the overall experience from a client’s perspective.

With everything from paperless transactions allowing out of town clients to sign online changes to a contract without first having to print off and later scan in the document to be emailed back to improved communication avenues the buying and selling process just keeps improving to the benefit of not only the client but the industry professional as well.

When it comes to phones there are a number of platforms available and until now Blackberry wasn’t really an option for a lot of industry professionals. Even though many of us have fond memories of our legacy Blackberry devices with their rock solid contact management and security layers.

With a Blackberry 10 device either the Z10 with its  intuitive touch keyboard, the Q10 with the beloved physical keyboard or the Z30 with a 5″ touch display, and the latest operating system 10.2.1055 or higher installed (available in a leaked version from Crackberry.com) you can now do pretty much anything you need or want a “smart” phone to do.

Want to access lock boxes without having to carry another keyfob, dangle or anything but your phone? No problem install the eKEY software from Supra directly on your device.

How about the mortgage calculator from Calculated Industries which now even has a Canadian Qualifier Plus 4x app for $9.87. This you’ll need to purchase using the BlueStacks software which will download the APK file to your Windows computer.

Logmein Ignition is another great app which allows you to access your Windows or Mac computers at home or your office. This is not a free app however and includes the ability transfer files between your device and the remote computer and listen to videos you are playing on the remote computer. Get it here.

Fusion Experience allows industry professionals to access the MLS to get further information such as history, lot dimensions and more. REALTOR®s can get it here.  This one you can install on your device right out of the box. Note, in some cases you’ll need to turn off your wifi in order for the app to work.

There are a great many more apps for real estate professionals all available either through the official Blackberry World app store and with the new OS release directly from the Android markets.

The perceived “App Gap” is gone now and you should be able to move forward with that upgrade to Blackberry 10 and experience the many benefits of the new platform.

As an early adopter of technology I’ve seen the different operating systems improve with time but nothing compares to the improvements made by the Blackberry team in the last few months.

I hope this helps you bring a better experience to your clients with their selling or purchasing needs and keep in mind I’m still accepting referrals and would be happy to help with any transactions in the greater Edmonton area.

 

Kevin Grenier

Realty Executives Polaris

www.KevinGrenier.com www.RealHousesforSale.com

780-893-0269

Wow! Fully upgraded bungalow in Laurier Heights “it aint just about the house”

Thu, 14 Nov by Kevin Grenier

Unlike most blogs about a new listing, I’m going to start by introducing you to Barrie the seller of this gorgeous home.

Barrie is the real deal when it comes to home refurbishing and I say that because he does things right. Now I’m not saying he is the only one of his kind but all too often, and you know what I’m talking about, the words “good enough” are used in conjunction with home renovations.

You’ve seen what passes for “renovated” or “upgraded” or even “new”. You walk into a house and begin running a tally on all the things that were “upgraded” but need to be redone properly. How about the examples of laminate floor that pass as professionally installed wherein all the seems line up or worse large gaps by the door jams are left. These visual cues set off your spidy senses and you begin to look for what else was botched. Missing hood fans over stoves, exposed wires, drywall seems, leaky bathroom surrounds and more.

This has started a trend in some buyers who actively seek out houses that have never been updated so they don’t have to buy someone else’s cover up or pay for so called upgrades that have to be re-done.

Then along comes someone like Barrie who restores faith in the individuals that still exist out there that do things right even when that means spending more than anticipated to repair an unforeseen issue and repair it correctly with a touch of “going the extra mile” for good measure.

I’ve had the privilege of working as Barrie’s Realtor® over his past three renovations. Starting with one in Parkview, then in Lynnwood and now on the current one located in Laurier Heights. I helped him both on the purchase end and on the selling end and consider myself a bit of an authority now on Barrie’s competence and integrity.

Barrie I know you’re going to hate this blog but I think you’re an inspiration to many as you create turn key homes in established neighbourhoods that go beyond the initial aesthetics but tend to the behind the scenes things that often get overlooked in a “lipstick and rouge” reno.

This current reno involved creating an open concept, a full ensuite, island kitchen, patio doors off the dining room onto a deck all of which were not present going in.

The list goes on but here is one example of over and above. Homes with the driveway along the side of the house with the garage in the back yard can be problematic not only from the stand point of driving a car between the house and the neighbour’s fence while maneuvering into the door that is usually offset not to mention parking a second car into that double garage. But over time the driveway can begin to slope towards the house and cause water to flow towards it which is not what you want. Don’t forget the now long driveway that has to be shoveled in order to get the car in and out of said garage. Sometimes these configurations are unavoidable like where there is not back alley.

This house however has a back alley so Barrie removed the entire driveway, installed a garage door on the alley side of the garage, had a driveway poured at the back of the garage to the alley and finished off the front of the garage to match the house nicely. Instead of building a deck over top of the old driveway it was removed and the ground properly graded. A fence and some landscaping finished it all off nicely and professionally, eliminating the future problem of having the old driveway under the deck left to slope towards the house. What a ton of work, who does that? Someone who wants to do it right.

I’d love for you to check out his work and come and see this house for yourself. If you don’t live in Edmonton book a flight…it is that good.

Here is the link to the listing with tons of pics:

http://www.kevingrenier.com/listing/edmonton/laurier-heights/e3356873-14707-84-av-nw

Here are some teaser pics:

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Call me to book a viewing.

Kevin Grenier Realty Executives Polaris

780.893.0269

www.RealHousesforSale.com

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