For the next nine days you can walk through one of the most energy efficient homes in Toronto at the National Home Show.
The 2,700-square-foot bungalow, billed as the home of the future, features two living walls — self-sufficient vertical gardens that are attached to the exterior or interior of a building — and some of the newest technology, including a fingerprint door entry.
The best part: it's not a model. It's a real home that was created by Probuilt Design + Build for a Toronto couple.
The exact home is assembled at the National Home Show. When the event wraps up, it will be taken apart and rebuilt in Forest Hill.
What makes this possible is that all of the material was pre-measured and pre-cut at a factory, so there's less waste and more money saved.
Derek Tse, the owner of the home, says he fell in love with the idea after exploring the latest technology for energy efficiency and sustainability.
"The house is estimated to be about 50 per cent more efficient than homes have to be by Ontario code," Tse told CBC Toronto.
So, how much would a home like this cost you? Well, when asked by CBC Toronto, the builder would only say the luxury materials and features are expensive, but the savings they give you will make it worthwhile.
To lower its carbon footprint, the home is using everything from recycled materials to solar panels, as well as a system that recovers and preheats old waste water for re-use.
"The heating system and materials are going to save the homeowners $2,100 a year on their hydro bill," said John Godden, a sustainability expert who designed the mechanics for the home's heating system.
If you want to check out some of the other cost saving features, the house will be on display until the end of the Home Show on March 19.