Empire Communities on Supporting Long-Term Affordability in Southern Ontario
By remaining focused on building a more efficient and better-quality home from a design and executional perspective, we reduce environmental impacts and save our homeowners on utility bills. Throughout this process, we have been able to streamline our construction processes and refine the end-to-end customer experience. This approach has allowed us to provide value to all of the stakeholders, including the builder, community and homeowner. A great example of this is our Riverland community in Breslau located 15 minutes outside Kitchener-Waterloo. We built three test homes where we looked at different approaches to incorporating energy efficiency technology and low carbon design with the idea of taking best practices from these homes and applying them across the board to all our communities.
While we acknowledge that initial costs are a major issue in housing affordability, it’s not the only angle we should consider. Cost-effectiveness will always be one of our goals, but we’re also looking to future-proof our communities. By assessing the longevity of the home and how homeowners can reduce everyday costs, we’re creating smarter, more thoughtful designs that truly provide value to homeowners.