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“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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