Are you planning a new custom home or a significant renovation? Is reducing or eliminating energy costs and sustainability top priorities? Then we invite you to speak with one of OakWood’s Net Zero Experts.
In addition to bringing over 65 years of Design & Build experience to your project, OakWood is also proud to be a Certified Net Zero Home Builder, meeting the stringent requirements established by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA). This is the most advanced energy performance standard available for making your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and resilient.
As a Certified Net Zero Builder, we can give you the best of both worlds: a home that is beautifully designed while providing exceptional state-of-the-art energy performance and the ultimate in comfort.
Find out how we can give you a custom home that is beautifully designed while fighting climate change. Book a preliminary free consultation or call us at 613 236-8001.
“We can design and build the most energy efficient, sustainable, and comfortable place for you to live with no compromises on design aesthetics and physical beauty.”
– Trent Doherty, Construction Development Manager, Net Zero Expert, OakWood
CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program
The CHBA Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes program recognize leadership and innovation in in high performance housing.
Becoming recognized as a Certified Net Zero Home Builder involves completing rigorous two-tiered technical requirements involving third party validation during the design and construction process. A final pressurized air tightness test (door blower test) confirms the minimum air leakage required to qualify as a Net Zero labeled home.
OakWood is a Certified Net Zero Home Builder. In October 2020, a media announcement and ceremonial event by CHBA took place onsite at OakWood’s first Net Zero Ready custom home.
Why choose a Net Zero Ready home?
Net Zero homes produce as much energy as they consume. They are 80 percent more energy efficient than current homes built to code. Renewable energy systems such as solar panels and wind power generate the remaining energy needed, resulting in a EnerGuide rating of zero.
In addition to energy efficiency, a Net Zero home is designed to provide consistent temperatures throughout the year and eliminate drafts. The home is built with renewable materials and finishes to provide the healthiest living space possible.
A Net Zero Ready home meets all the requirements of a Net Zero home but does not have the energy producing capability installed yet.
Top benefits of a Net Zero Home
At the top of the list of benefits are huge savings on your energy bills. That means more of your hard earned money stays in your pocket rather than going to Hydro One! You are also insulated from future increases in energy costs which over time could be substantial.
A Net Zero home is built using state-of-the-art heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. That means more even temperatures and a more comfortable living space all year round. Airtight walls plus built-in filtration reduces or eliminates pollutants such as dust and pollen, which are known triggers for asthma. Because Net Zero homes are built using advanced materials and technologies, they have lower maintenance costs and higher expected resale value.
Key requirements for achieving Net Zero
Meeting the requirements for Net Zero involves designing and building a home that is exceptionally airtight with increased levels of insulation. High efficiency HVAC systems and Energy Star appliances are used to help keep energy use down. Load reduction strategies such as LED lighting and low flow fixtures are used to reduce water consumption.
Home orientation on a lot is an important consideration for taking advantage of heat warmth and light from the sun. Solar panels are a key requirement for a Net Zero home and used to produce the renewable energy for heating and cooling systems, lighting, and appliances.
OakWood will integrate these and many other considerations into a detailed, customized Design & Build solution if a certified Net Zero home is your goal.
Build or retrofit your home to future standards today
Federal, provincial, and territorial governments are working to develop and adopt increasingly stringent model building codes. The goal that provinces and territories have adopted is a “Net-Zero Energy Ready” model building code by 2030.
By building or retrofitting your home to Net Zero, you are embracing the building efficiencies of tomorrow, today. In addition to exceptional energy performance and comfort you will live in a home that is at the forefront of sustainability and healthy living.
The OakWood Design & Build approach
OakWood specializes in designing and building high performance homes that use the most energy efficient and technologically advanced solutions available today. Many of these solutions are displayed or readily available through our state-of-the-art, award winning LEED Platinum Design Centre. This leading-edge facility supports the most inspirational yet efficient material selection experience in the City: everything you need for your Net Zero or Net Zero Ready home is under one roof. And you have virtually unlimited options with the ability to choose materials from any manufacturer in the world.
If you’re planning a new custom home or retrofitting an existing home to Net Zero standards you owe it to yourself to schedule a tour of our Design Centre. Come and see your many options, meet our experienced team, and see how we’ll work with you to design and build the most energy efficient and comfortable home possible.
No Compromises on Beauty with OakWood
OakWood’s first Net Zero Ready home melds state-of-the-art design with high energy efficiency solution to meet the requirements for CHBA’s Net Zero Home Labeling Program.
What our clients say
Our kitchen is more than the dream we hoped it would be…
Larry and Carol Lethbridge Hudon
"After I worked through your site many times and searched out customer reviews on OakWood I knew we had found what we were looking for."
“We chose Oakwood for our second large scale renovation because of the great customer service they provided when we renovated our third floor loft space a few years back. In fact, I specifically remembered the Oakwood crew for their quality work from our first reno and requested them to do the kitchen reno. This time around, it was very gratifying to see that the customer service is still a priority. We appreciated that you recognized us as a return client and went above and beyond to welcome us back.”
"We hired OakWood to do our basement renovation a few years back. They did an outstanding job and even came back to fix a small repair job years later."
“We have hosted a lot of parties and dinners in the last 6 months and everyone has been truly impressed with our new kitchen. We would not hesitate to use Oakwood again" Randy and Lynda Miller
"Our Designer got to know us by listening to what we were looking for and brought forward innovative ideas, pushing a bit to see where we were comfortable and where we were not. The design process was organic-growing from a concept and it took a good number of versions and modifications as the process went forward. Throughout it all, Our Designer was patient and professional, answering questions and providing advice."
Marilyn and Peter Hill
“Thank you very much for a job well done. We do appreciate the commitment shown by everyone involved”
"We have been very impressed with the progress that has been made on our renovation project. All of our questions have been answered. Additionally, all of the contractors have been very polite and courteous, even knocking on the door in the morning before opening it with the key. They have left the house relatively clean and they tidy up behind themselves.”
David & Noreen Haley
“We're quite happy and we'd just like to express commendation. We're extremely pleased and relieved. Thank you very much for the time you've taken to put things right for us.”
Michael & Caryl Pratt
OakWood in inclusive, trustworthy, honest…I don’t think there is a comparison.
“Nice to read how well your company has been doing and the awards you have received to date. It shows how lucky we were to have hired your team on to build our home so many years ago. As I said we really enjoy it and hope to remain in it as long as we can. If we need to have any work done no doubt you will be the first we will call.”
“Thanks to you and the team for a wonderful job. We LOVE our kitchen.”
"We are both ecstatic and pleased with the finished product and professionalism demonstrated by your company."
Robert Cvetas and Serge Labrecque
"Thanks to OakWood for making our new basement the kind of space we like to be in. We will certainly enjoy decorating it over the next few months. The Oakwood team, including all your subcontractors, made our home renovation project the easiest and most streamlined process.”
“It was a pleasure working with OakWood for our kitchen renovation. John has been very patient in having the Oakwood team serve our interests."
“They’re not your standard construction company. They’re a company that’s leading-edge; that does a lot of things differently from everyone else.”
“OakWood worked with us, listening to our ideas and delivered a fantastic design.”
Atul & Richa Aggarwal
“Thank you so much for all your help with this. Your work with us was amazing.”
Elliot Lee & Soojin Chun
"Thank you very much for all the work that you have put in so far as the site supervisor in our kitchen renovation project. We appreciate very much the time and effort that you have taken to familiarize yourself with our project, to coordinate and supervise the work of the various trades people and to answer our many questions. Your commitment and expertise have contributed to make our renovation experience a lot easier.”
Myron & Francine Oleskiw
“Oakwood was able to keep our project within budget and a reasonable time frame. The end result is a stunning, new and functional kitchen! We are extremely happy with our new kitchen and would highly recommend Oakwood to others considering a home renovation.”
Melissa Black & Christian Garrow
“We did our homework for over a year and looked at all the custom builders in greater Ottawa, OakWood had the most knowledgeable team by far – period. We are very detailed and OakWood walked us through all of the design and building options. Their design centre is stunning.”
“We are extremely pleased with our new kitchen renovation. We love the colour of our cabinets, the backsplash, the countertop and the flooring. We are also very pleased with the lighting, the effect is exactly what we wanted."
"OakWood's creative problem solvers and friendly staff work together to ensure a quality finished renovation project which fully meets customer needs and expectations. You can trust OakWood to get the job done!” Susan Roberts
"We are so grateful that we entered into a fixed price contract with Oakwood and that we were blessed with two extremely professional and talented people in Dan and Scott. Thank you!"
Joanne Levesque and Rick Picard
“I wanted say how much I have appreciated your professionalism and your unfailing good humour in steering/pushing my kitchen renovation to a very successful conclusion. You kept things on track, pitched in to make things happen and were quick to get back to me to answer questions or follow up on concerns. I am extremely pleased with the results.“
"I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the final result of our main floor renovation. The difference is stunning! We had a pretty good idea what we wanted right from the very beginning, but the end result is much better than we expected."
“We had worked with OakWood before when we added a master bedroom, bathroom, office space, and a walk-in closet to our house. Our experience back then we overall very positive, and when we decided to potentially change our kitchen we contacted OakWood again.”
“The OakWood Team seems really innovative. They seem really systematized – they’ve got the whole model down. They understand what people want, what they are looking for.”
"I would like to say how pleased we are with the work being done to refresh our basement. Once again, thank you for all of your work in skillfully proposing and managing this project. We are very happy to have the Oakwood team leading these renovations.”
“I found everyone right from the initial designers to the last person out the door to be extremely professional, hard working, friendly and very respectful of my home. ”
“Thank you so much, OakWood, for your exceptional work in creating my beautiful new bathroom. I'm sure I have the nicest bathroom in the entire condominium complex. I would recommend Oakwood unequivocally to family and friends.”
“We wanted to thank you for the professional approach and great job that was done by the crew. It’s hard to get excited by a “sump pump room”….(wish it was a new kitchen or basement) but it’s exactly what we needed in terms of cleaning up that space and making everything easily accessible and damp free.”
"I am completely blown away with my new basement. It is exactly what I was looking for."
“We recently moved into our new home and planned on renovating the basement. We approached OakWood and were stunned by their amazing Design Centre, state of the art technology and detailed processes. The renovation was a huge success!”
"OakWood is a company that is committed to customer satisfaction, to a level of excellence and to ensuring that when the job is done, it’s done to perfection."
Our house looks great! The curiosity of neighbours and friends has transformed to compliments and enthusiastic praise upon viewing. Thank you OakWood!
“Our first reno was a Sunroom addition by Oakwood. The work was excellent, on time and on budget. We had no hesitation in contacting OakWood once again to discuss a complete kitchen and bathroom renovation."
"We are absolutely thrilled with our new ensuite – it is so beautiful. We could not have created this oasis without the expertise from all of the different Oakwood employees."
Clare And Stephen Gray.
"To summarize, Oakwood delivered our project on time (actually faster than expected), exactly on budget, while providing excellent collaboration, transparent communication, and an indefatigable commitment to delivering exactly what the client wants. Can you tell I'm a happy customer? Chose Oakwood and you will be too!"
“I also really appreciate your work in managing this project - your communications have always been professional, honest and open, making this experience much more palatable"
“We love every single aspect of our kitchen, and I can't think of a single thing we would have done differently. I am also confident that if we hadn't chosen OakWood and their respective teams, the experience and end result would not have been nearly as positive."
"Once again, Oakwood has met all our expectations for this project involving the tree removal, the fence installation and the relocation of the shed. We assure you that with a few more projects to come, we will continue to refer to Oakwood without any hesitation. Thank you for everything!”
"In short it was a brilliant success! The end result exceeds expectations and along the way we met lots of great people with great skills and talents. The entire process was professional, well managed, well-staffed and we had complete confidence that the end result would be worth any renovation anxieties along the way."
“We really appreciated the great service and project. Thank you and team very much.”
Berend Jan Velderman
“I just wanted to thank you for everything (ensuring things were fixed, digging into what had happened before you joined the project, and getting the front and back finished, amongst other things!). It's so nice to have both projects finished.”
We get many compliments on the addition and especially the very unique double vaulted ceiling in the family room!
"From your initial response to our telephone call through the entire repair, the job was handled quickly and professionally. We thank you for your attention to this matter."
Judy and Doug Fyfe
"All in all we are very happy with our new kitchen, and looking forward to enjoying it for a long time. Thank you for your part in making this renovation experience as painless as possible! “
Paula and Dave Roach
“We are very happy with the renovation work done on our home…We had no real surprises and all change orders but one was initiated by us so we ultimately had control of expenditures. ”
“We choose OakWood because friends of ours had OakWood do an addition for them. Also because the company seems to have a good reputation. Lastly because we are very busy and do not have the time to organize all contractors and supplies in order to manage a renovation project.”
“OakWood was a pleasure to work with for our kitchen renovation. They were very good at listening to what we were trying to do and what problems we were trying to resolve. It was really easy to follow the changes and new designs as our ideas matured during the design and product selection phase."
“There are two areas that particularly impress us about Oakwood: the quality of work and the exceptional work crew…We always felt confident that our home was in good hands. ”
“We’re really enjoying our expanded kitchen and our opened-up front entrance. The project has given our 1970s era house an up-to-date feel and makes entertaining much more enjoyable."
Alex and Mindee Mirhady
"They were able to make what could have been a harrowing roller coaster ride a smooth one. Working with OakWood wasn’t just the most important decision we made, it was also the best decision we made."
Erik van der Torre
“In the space of about four months you took us from a virtually useless space to a modern kitchen that fit to the style of the house…”
Jennifer Spence and Pablo Sobrino
“As always, your staff is professional and meticulous. We really appreciate all of your great work and would not hesitate to recommend or use you for a future renovation.”
Nancy Carlson and Bruce Gordon
"The project management on this aspect of our renovation was excellent. We were kept apprised of developments as the work progressed and our input and concerns were addressed immediately. The work was done in a professional manner with minimal impact on our daily lives. Overall it was a very positive experience and we are very pleased with the results”
“…I cannot speak too highly of OakWood. I have passed your name to many friends who are contemplating renovations in the year.”
“Geoff and I are thrilled with the work that was done in the kitchen. I would like to acknowledge the professionalism that everyone demonstrated prior, during and after the project was completed.”
“We are absolutely loving our new ensuite bathroom - the rain shower and heated floor being the highlights. The powder room downstairs is also really beautiful.”
“We were, and remain impressed by your consistent emphasis on quality materials, caliber of work and the client service mentality that obviously drives your business…”
“This is an e-mail to express my appreciation for the work that Oakwood did in renovating my basement into a beautiful living space for me and my family. I am so happy with all the work that was done, it is just how I pictured it. I know it was a lot of work and Richard did a wonderful job. Thanks again for all your work in helping me get the basement looking so good.”
"We are very pleased with the work OakWood did on our basement. They were very knowledgeable about the planning and requirements of the project and all of their trades were extremely professional."
"We now know why OakWood has been in business for so many years and why we see so many of their signs in our neighbourhood."
Michelle and Glen
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