you deserve a high-performance home

Quiet | Comfort | Durable | Mindful | Healthy

A High-Performance home surpasses outdated conventions in both design and construction by focusing on the most critical outcomes of your home’s performance. This requires an integrated design and construction approach which recognizes the house as a system. In other words, every element involved in building your home must work together to deliver a meaningful overall result. These homes require the guidance of a qualified and dedicated builder to ensure these outcomes are quality assured and verified from concept through completion. Frontiers defines these outcomes as the 5 Principles of High-Performance Building.

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34 Yrs

In 1988 teachers Bo Adamson, from Lund University in Sweden, and Wolfgang Feist, from the Institute for Housing and the Environment of Germany, came up with this type of structure coined the term passivhaus (“Passive House” in German).

60k

The High-Performance Passive House concept has expanded to many countries and climate zones, and there are now more than 60,000 Passive House projects around the world.

There are 2,000 buildings certified as Passive House in Canada. The first in Toronto was certified in 2019.

90%

High-Performance Passive Houses must adhere to strict building criteria, consuming up to 90% less heating and cooling energy when compared to conventional buildings.

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Despite considerably lower operating costs, industry leaders agree that the cost of building a passive house is only ten percent higher than building a house that simply meets local code requirements.

Uncompromising Design and Construction Based on Frontiers Five Principles.
Built to Meet or Exceed Stringent Passive House Standards.

Built for living, these are the most comfortable and energy efficient homes you will find anywhere.

Strikingly still

Your home is your place to rest, relax, and recuperate from a busy day. You deserve a home that can insulate you from the beeps, vrooms, and barks of the outside world. Heavily insulated walls and high-quality, triple-pane windows and doors bring a striking stillness throughout your home. The simple act of closing a window or door will give you the peace you deserve

Consistency

Whether it’s a blizzard outside your window or the middle of a hot summer day, every room in your home should provide you with a consistent, comfortable temperature. High-performance homes are built to be airtight, wrapped in a warm blanket of insulation and premium-quality windows and doors. Say so long to the drafty office, stifling bedroom, and cold floors.

Generational quality

Your home is built to last. Durability is not an upgrade, it’s a standard inherent to your high-performance home that will last for generations..  Every home starts with thoughtful planning and carefully considering the materials and their sources before using them in your home. The entire build is quality controlled, meticulously documented through third-party verification to meet the highest industry standards. 

A sustainable approach

There is no better investment than a home that provides lasting comfort, a healthy indoor environment, and protection from rising energy prices. High-performance homes  are designed and built to be more efficient, sustainable, and durable, saving you a significant amount of money over time and providing you with peace of mind knowing that your home will be part of a thoughtful movement toward a better future.

Breathe Easy

Nothing is more important than the quality of the air in your home. Pollutants, allergens, and moisture can infiltrate your living space through gaps and cracks in your walls, windows, and foundation in conventionally built homes. High-performance homes require carefully designed air-tight construction, giving you complete control over the quality of the air you breathe by way of carefully designed and crafted filtered ventilation systems.

Baret

welcome to lowes road, guelph

Construction of Three High-Performance, Passive Houses in a Prominent Guelph Neighborhood

Welcome to Lowes Road – These 3 custom certified Passive House Homes are the first of their kind in the city of Guelph. According to the Passve House Institute (PHI), there are only 50 certified Passive Homes in Canada, and fewer than 10 in Ontario. While performance based builds are becoming more common, it is rare that they are built, tested, verified and certified to the rigorous standards outlined by PHI.

project details

Location: guelph, ON
Build Duration: 1 year
Sale Price: Coming Soon

The first of 3 Certified Passive House homes being built in Guelph’s old south end neighbourhood on a rare 60’x100′ lot. This modern farm house design includes over 3200 square feet of living space built and certified to the worlds most elite high performance construction standard. This home delivers an uncompromising fusion of architectural and performance driven design in order to fulfill the 5 most meaningful benefits that every home deserves; Comfort, Quiet, Health, Durability and Mindfulness.

Design: The open concept main floor with 10′ ceilings was designed with function and style in mind. The expansive entertainers kitchen features integrated European appliances, double islands, white oak cabinetry, porcelain countertops and stunning curio displays. The main floor also includes office with side yard entry, large mudroom, cloak room, walk-in pantry and powder room, open concept living room and dining room with large windows and patio doors. The second floor features 4 large bedrooms including master suite with walk-in closet and ensuite bath, second floor laundry, jack and jill bath and guest bath, and large flex space. The exterior design includes wood siding and stone masonry, and bold black aluminum window frames. High performance features include premium passive house windows and doors, extremely high levels of insulation, insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation, ultra airtight construction (<0.60 ACH 50) and premium air filtration and ventilation system. 

Inspiration: Each certified Passive Home requires a unique name for its registration in the institute’s database – our hunt for a name began with what we felt was driving our desire to provide a high-performance home. Commonly, the matriarch of the family is driving the major lifestyle and health decisions for the family, and is often conscious of sourcing the innovative, local and mindful options. This inspired us to look for pioneering women that exemplified this notion. Elizabeth Blackwell was a British physician, notable as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, and the first woman on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council. Blackwell played an important role in both the United States and the United Kingdom as a social awareness and moral reformer, and pioneered in promoting education for women in medicine. Her contributions remain celebrated with the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal, awarded annually to a woman who has made significant contribution to the promotion of women in medicine

Baret

project details

Location: guelph, ON
Build Duration: 1 year
Sale Price: Coming Soon

The 2nd of 3 Certified Passive House homes being built in Guelph’s old south end neighbourhood on a rare 64’x117′ lot. This modern farmhouse design includes over 3200 square feet of living space built and certified to the worlds most elite high performance construction standard. This home delivers an uncompromising fusion of architectural and performance driven design in order to fulfill the 5 most meaningful benefits that every home deserves; Comfort, Quiet, Health, Durability and Mindfulness.

Design: The open concept main floor with 10′ ceilings was designed with function and style in mind. The expansive entertainer’s kitchen features integrated European appliances, double islands, high-end cabinetry, porcelain countertops and stunning curio displays. The main floor also includes office with side yard entry, large mudroom, cloak room, walk-in pantry and powder room, open concept living room and dining room with large windows and patio doors. The second floor features 4 large bedrooms including master suite with walk-in closet and ensuite bath, second floor laundry, jack and jill bath and guest bath, and large flex space. The exterior design includes wood siding and stone masonry, and high-end aluminum window frames. High performance features include premium passive house windows and doors, extremely high levels of insulation, insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation, ultra airtight construction (<0.60 ACH 50) and premium air filtration and ventilation system. 

Inspiration: Each certified Passive Home requires a unique name for its registration in the institute’s database – our hunt for a name began with what we felt was driving our desire to provide a high-performance home. Commonly, the matriarch of the family is driving the major lifestyle and health decisions for the family, and is often conscious of sourcing the innovative, local and mindful options. This inspired us to look for pioneering women that exemplified this notion. Jeanne Baret was a member of Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s colonial expedition on the ships La Boudeuse and Étoile in 1766–1769. Baret is recognized as the first woman to have completed a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe, which she did via maritime.

project details

Location: guelph, ON
Build Duration: 1 year
Sale Price: Coming Soon

The 3rd of 3 Certified Passive House homes being built in Guelph’s old south end neighbourhood on a rare 65’x116′ lot. This modern farmhouse design includes over 3200 square feet of living space built and certified to the worlds most elite high performance construction standard. This home delivers an uncompromising fusion of architectural and performance driven design in order to fulfill the 5 most meaningful benefits that every home deserves; Comfort, Quiet, Health, Durability and Mindfulness.

Design: Coming soon!

Inspiration: Each certified Passive Home requires a unique name for its registration in the institute’s database – our hunt for a name began with what we felt was driving our desire to provide a high-performance home. Commonly, the matriarch of the family is driving the major lifestyle and health decisions for the family, and is often conscious of sourcing the innovative, local and mindful options. This inspired us to look for pioneering women that exemplified this notion. Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne’s fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field and launched a new kind of investigative journalism.