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For Builders and those planning to build!

Preparing the homes you build for solar energy is easy.

Give your home customers energy independence and help to create additional value
in their homes.

  • Solar is the preferred energy choice for 92% of Canadians
  • Allows you to tap into the green home buyer market
  • Increases customer satisfaction
  • Increases your green marketing image
  • Additional marketing support provided by the solar industry and government agencies

Why Build a Solar Ready home?

Canadians purchasing a new home are making the largest investment in their lives.
Why would you want to add the cost of making the homes you build Solar Ready?

Solar Ready makes it easy to make the homes you build green: for less than a few
hundred dollars you can provide your customers access to clean, reliable, green and
free energy!

Solar is the energy source 92% of Canadians most want to see developed*

Your trades people can make a home solar ready without additional training or

Benefits to the Homeowner

  • Allows the homeowner to install a solar hot water heater when they’re ready.
  • Maximizes the performance of the system when its installed due to correct
    solar orientation of the roof.
  • Will save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars when the solar system is installedImproves the aesthetic looks of the solar hot water system as all the plumbing is hidden inside walls

What is a Solar Ready home?

Making a home Solar Ready can be done in three simple steps:

  1. Leave space in the utility room beside the conventional water heater for the
    solar storage tank.
  2. Install a vertical chase or the actual solar pipes from the utility room to the attic
  3. Insure that the house has a south-facing roof, which is clear of obstructions.

Benefits of solar water heating

  • Significant reduction of hot water heating costs by capturing the sun’s energy
  • Independence from rising natural gas and electricity prices
  • Security from power outages
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 tonnes of CO2 annually
  • Years of hot water with little maintenance
  • Increased home resale value**

What is Solar Domestic Hot Water?

Solar energy is a clean and abundant energy resource that can be used to supply a
family’s hot water needs. Solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems are one of the
most cost-effective uses of solar energy. Tens of thousands of new solar water
heaters are installed worldwide each year. In Austria one out of every seven homes
now use solar water heating. Some jurisdictions such as Spain legally require solar
hot water systems in all new buildings.

Canadian solar companies are manufacturing cost-e°ective solar systems that can
operate year-round, even in Canadian winters! ˛ese systems meet industry-wide
standards for safety and performance and provide a clean, cost e°ective method of
reducing the use of fossil fuels. Most of Canada receives enough solar energy to
provide 50% of the water heating energy needs for an average family. Solar water
heaters are designed to pre-heat the incoming domestic water supply with a
conventional hot water heater acting as a backup.

* 92% of Canadians surveyed place solar as their preferred energy source. GPC
Research public opinion poll, October 2005.
** Black, Andrew J “Why is a solar electric home worth more?”2004*


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