Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) received funding in Budget 2011 to support energy technology innovation to produce and use energy in a cleaner and more efficient way. NRCan contributed almost $2 million to a national demonstration project to build Net Zero Energy Housing Communities in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Alberta. NRCan’s funding will support the technical design and engineering of these houses. Builder partners were selected to finance and construct these houses.
Working with Owens Corning Canada and 5 leading builders - this project will see the construction of at least 25 net zero energy or net zero energy ready homes. The Net Zero Energy Homes are also participating in NRCan's 'R2000 Net Zero Energy Pilot' that is helping to set the standard for recognition of net zero energy homes in the marketplace.
Provident Development Inc. was chosen to represent Halifax, Nova Scotia
On November 2, 2015, the first Net Zero Energy Ready Home in Bedford-Halifax opened its doors.