ENERGY EFFICIENT FEATURES FOR ENERGY SMART LIVING
Clay brick is one of the original energy conservation tools. Due to its mass, it prevents temperature extremes on the outside of your home from affecting the temperature on the inside of your home. This process is sometimes called thermal lag, and it translates into greater year-round comfort and energy savings.
Attic vents are a vital part of keeping fresh air circulating through this area. Proper attic ventilation extends the life of a roof and reduces problems on account of it minimizing the temperature differential between the attic and the air outside. Trapped heat and moisture can raise energy costs, cause ice dams, and damage the roof. Effective ventilation will remove moisture and heat from the attic creating a healthy home – both for the structure and the occupants.
All exterior doorframes and windows are installed with a vapour barrier and fully caulked to assist in the effectiveness of your home’s thermal envelope. Proper caulking and weather stripping alleviates drafts and helps your home feel warmer when it’s cold outside and helps keep your home cooler in the summer.
Barmac Sectional Roll Up Doors. These sectional roll-up doors feature smooth vinyl backers, heavy-duty springs and long life rust resistant door hardware.
Energy Star® rated low e/Argon filled windows and transoms with warm edge spacers, where shown on plans.Energy efficient windows save money each and every month.
Low e (which stands for "low emissivity") glass is coated with a microscopic, virtually invisible, metallic oxide layer that improves thermal performance. This microscopically thin coating filters the sun's energy in the summer and reduces heat loss in the winter. Not only does it make your windows more energy efficient, it also provides protection from harmful UV rays that can fade your flooring, furniture and window coverings.
Argon gas is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, non-toxic, inert gas, which is six times denser than air. It is used to replace air between the glass panes to reduce temperature transfer.
A warm edge spacer system wraps around the perimeter of the glass to improve thermal performance, reduce condensation, wintertime heat loss and summertime solar heat gain.
Energy saving metal clad insulated non-warp entryway door systems, (where applicable) with weather-stripping to ensure a tighter seal. These entry door systems also have a bottom expander with a vinyl sweep to keep that seal. An energy efficient door will greatly decrease drafts in your house, which will in turn decrease your utilities. Heat and air conditioning will stay in, therefore decreasing running time of your units.
Energy Star® rated rear sliding patio doors with glass transoms featuring low e/Argon filled glass. They operate smoothly and reliably, help lower heating and cooling costs and make homes more comfortable and secure.
Programmable Home Thermostat. Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home's temperature settings, allowing you to save energy while you're away or sleeping. They are more convenient and accurate than manual thermostats and improve your home's comfort, save energy and save money on utility bills when used properly. Programmable thermostats are better for the environment, since using less energy, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production.
Energy-efficient water saving showerheads. These water saving, or low flow shower heads, significantly reduce the consumption of hot water within the home and result in lower utility bills and less wasted water.
Low consumption, 4.8L toilets that dramatically reduce water consumption while providing reliable performance and efficiency. Studies show the highest percentage of water used within the home, is attributed to waste water from toilets.
Gas supply piping to include three “T’s” for installation of future gas lines within the home.
Bundled Rental Package to include the hydronic Airmax ECM Hi Velocity Fan Coil air handler with a two zone system for heating, Flowmax 90 system for domestic hot water and central air conditioning. With a zoned system, the homeowner can use two programmable thermostats to specify different temperatures in two different zones of the home. Zoned systems are particularly effective in alleviating comfort issues in multi-storey homes where, on a hot summer day, upper floors are often much hotter than the main floor or basement and, on a cold winter day, the basement is often cooler than the main or upper floor. At the same time, zoned systems can be used to reduce overall energy use by targeting the airflow only to the occupied areas of the home.
Insulation:The insulation system in your home is designed to reduce the natural movement of heat from warmer to cooler areas. Properly installed, it protects your home as a thermal retarder that helps reduce costly energy bills during heating and cooling seasons.
R31 expandable spray foam insulation over garage ceilings and exposed soffits with habitable space above for additional heating and cooling control. This insulation is an open cell, soft foam application that is sprayed into cavities as a liquid and expands 100 times its volume to seal a cavity. It effectively reduces air infiltration which can be the largest source of heat and cooling loss in your home.
R50 Blown Roof Insulation – to reduce heat transfer through your roof means as much as 1/3 of your heating costs can escape through this area.
R25 Insulation to 2” x 6” Exterior Walls. A home’s structural integrity starts with its exterior walls and 2” x 6” wood stud exterior fabrication sets the standard for high quality construction. R5 rigid foam insulation boards in combination with R20 batts, installed snugly between the studs, provides for more effective heat retention.
R20 Basement Wall Insulation keeps your unfinished basement warmer, more comfortable and makes the floors above warmer, in addition to keeping energy costs down.
Self-sealing plastic electrical boxes, molded from a high-strength resin, perform in a wide range of temperature conditions. These boxes are environmentally friendly and more energy efficient than typical metal boxes.
DISTINCTIVE & STATELY EXTERIORS
Impressive architectural details feature: enduring exterior style with genuine clay brick from Brampton Brick, Citadel® building stone by Arriscraft™ – the irregular and random patterning allow for a unique natural appearance, pre-cast stone arches, keystones, banding and sills, brick soldier coursing, brick arches, covered and/or recessed front entries, pre-finished aluminum frieze board and other masonry detail as per applicable elevations.
Colour coordinated pre-finished ventilated soffits with 45º corner seams, pre-finished fascia, 5” eavestrough and downspouts.
Premium architectural shingles with a 30 year warranty. These high quality shingles with their distinctive look provide superior, long-term protection for your home, from the elements.
Bay windows to be finished with metal roofing and raised seams where shown on plans.
Spruce 3/8” plywood roof sheathing provides for a stronger more durable roof structure.
All exterior wood trim (where it occurs) to be primed and painted.
Screens will be installed on all operating windows.
The basement windows will be oversized and maintenance free vinyl (where allowed by setbacks and window wells may be required, subject to grade).
Inlaid glass panel on front entrance door(s), as per plan.
The front entrance door(s) will be complimented with the Dakota® grip set by Kwikset®, featuring tarnish free antique nickel finish.
Wall mounted crafted exterior address plaques.
Safety door closer on door from garage to interior (where applicable) with deadbolt.
Garage floor to be poured concrete.
Garage walls and ceiling (with the exception of any concrete wall or concrete block wall) will be dry walled and taped.
Pre-cast concrete slab walkway to main entrance door, as shown on plan. Any applicable rear patio will be pre-cast concrete slabs.
Driveways are fully paved in a two-step operation including basecoat and finished topcoat at no extra charge.
Front porches will be poured concrete.
Outdoor spaces will be landscaped as per the approved landscape drawings.
Exterior hose faucets, one in garage and one at rear.
Exterior weatherproof electrical outlets with ground fault interrupters (GFI), at front entrance area, at rear by sliding doors and on any applicable terrace.
Rough-in natural gas barbeque line at the rear of the home off main living area.
Engineered Floor Joist System. This strong, quiet alternative to traditional I-joists are glued and screwed down. In addition, its strongback installation is recognized as the most effective bridging method for vibration reduction, reducing the possibility of squeaking. While most joists are made so openings must be cut into them, the engineered joist comes with engineered openings, guaranteed to maintain the structural integrity of the joist for the life of the home.
Engineered ¾” Subfloor System. This engineered subfloor solution features a patented tapered edge technology designed to offset the effects of moisture. The bottom line is a solid, structural floor that goes down flat and stays flat.
Basement walls are poured concrete with heavy-duty damp proofing, weeping tiles and drainage blanket for additional water penetration protection.
The basement floor will be poured concrete.
Where decks or balconies are required they will be pressure treated wood, as per plan.
Where walk-out basement conditions are applicable, the following features are included in the premium: basement sliding patio door, rear basement vinyl casement window, step down brick veneer construction on end units, a deck without stairs off the main floor rear sliding door, an additional light and GFI electrical outlet.
EXCEPTIONAL & STUNNING INTERIORS
9-foot ceilings on main floor and full 8-foot ceilings on bedroom levels and loft/terrace levels(where applicable).
Cathedral, raised and vaulted type ceilings, as per applicable plan/elevation.
Designer milled trim package features 5 1/4” baseboard with matching 2 ¾” casing for all doors and window casings on the main and upper floors.
All archways and closets to be trimmed.
Molded interior two panel Carrera smooth passage and closet doors from Masonite, the beautiful door®. Interior main floor passage doors will be 8’ high by 1 3/4” thick and the second floor passage doors will be 6’8” high by 1 3/8” thick. These beautifully engineered passage and closet doors suit any décor.
All interior trim work will be painted white and interior walls are fully decorated, with the purchaser’s choice of three paint colours, from the Vendor’s designated Designer palette of 8 colours.
Passage and closet doors include stylish Polo lever handles by Kwikset® in an antique nickel finish.
Elegant main floor oak stairs and handrails with your choice of oak pickets (1 5/16”), in a natural finish or wrought iron pickets (from the Vendor’s designated selection). Any applicable staircase landing will be completed with pre-finished strip flooring.
Direct vent raised zero clearance 3328 Merit II gas fireplace with brick kit only where shown as standard on plan. Where shown as standard, fireplace to be painted wood trim and raised 10” above the floor, from the vendor’s designated selection.
All main and second floor ceilings will be finished with white stipple and a flat edge finish except for the kitchen, main floor laundry rooms (where applicable) and bathrooms, which will have a smooth finish.
For your kitchen, Townwood® is proud to provide you with the natural beauty of a quartz countertop. Quartz adds luxurious elegance and refinement to your kitchen as well as value to your number one investment, your home.
Custom designed fine kitchen cabinetry featuring flat panel maple, oak, pine or laminate in a wide variety of styles and colours, from the Vendor’s designated selection. Cabinetry features include extended uppers, breakfast bars with flush countertops (where shown on plan), lower valance, angled corner upper cabinets (where shown on plan), pantries (where shown on plan) and fridge space with gabled end (where shown on plan).
Kitchen Turbo Range Hood in white, almond or stainless with 6 inch diameter vertical ducting to the exterior. Features include twin sensor-loaded motors with twin centrifugal turbo fans; Teflon coated non-stick fan blades, individual lamp and rear oil collectors.
Double-compartment stainless steel spillway undermount sink with chrome Linden lever handle faucet by Delta® featuring a pull out spray, in kitchen.
Rough in plumbing with a dedicated space for a future built-in dishwasher. (Cabinetry will not be installed in the space).
DAZZLING BATHROOMS & LAUNDRYS
Bathroom vanities feature flat panel oak and laminate finishes in a wide variety of styles and colours from the vendor’s designated selection. All bathrooms feature 36” vanity heights.
Bathroom vanity counters are Arborite or Formica, from Vendor’s designated selections.
Full width vanity mirrors with beveled edge (where shown on plan) in all washrooms, with wall mounted make-up lights and overhead light. Powder rooms will feature a decorative oval mirror with beveled edge.
Temperature balance control valves in bathroom shower enclosures.
Stylish Lahara chrome bathroom faucets by Delta®, with matching tub/shower and oval tub faucets (where applicable).
Pedestal sink in powder room, from Vendor’s designated selection.
Separate shower stalls (where shown on plan) to be finished with a marble cap, ceramic shower base on concrete and shower walls to be framed 6ml glass with a shower door, from Vendor’s designated selection.
Relaxing freestanding Brooke™ tubs by Mirolin®, in master ensuite (where shown on plan).
Phoenix™ acrylic tubs by Mirolin®, with extra deep soaking area for washrooms, (where shown on plan).
Quality imported ceramic tiles (8” x 10”, 6” x 8”) for washroom bathtub enclosure walls, up to and not including the tub enclosure ceiling and 12” x 12” or 13” x 13” ceramic tiles for bathroom floors. All tiles to be chosen from the Vendor’s designated selection. All thresholds for ceramic floor tile are completed with metal nickel colour tile edge.
Laundry rooms will be complete with a laundry tub enclosed in a white cabinet (from the Vendor’s designated selection).
Zurn pex flexible tubing plastic plumbing and fitting systems. The high strength and flexibility of this product make it ideal for water distribution throughout the house.
Shut off valves will be installed for all sinks and toilets.
A rough-in three-piece washroom is located in the basement for the 2T1, 2T2, 2T3, 2T4, 2T5, as per plan.
40 oz. nylon pile broadloom is provided in all living areas and bedrooms. You may choose any one colour per floor to a maximum of two selections from Vendor’s designated selection, as per specifications.
All broadloom areas will include underlay, from Vendor’s designated selection
For your Main Floor Living Areas, and Master Bedroom, Townwood® provides you with the durability and exclusive beauty of 2 1/2” x 3/4” Mirage hardwood flooring, from the Vendor’s designated selection.
Quality imported 13” x 13” tiles are provided for the front entrance, kitchen, dinette and powder room, as per plan. All ceramic flooring is laid on a scratch coat. All thresholds for ceramic floor tile are completed with metal nickel colour tile edge.
Any main or second floor areas with a solid material finish will have wood trim molding installed to compliment the baseboard trim.
All sub-floors are ¾” water resistant engineered tongue and groove and will be screwed down.