Over ten years ago, Jeffery Homes became the first ENERGY STAR® builder in Ontario. Because of their expertise in green building, the Town of Clarington engaged Jeffery Homes to help them develop their PRIORITY GREEN initiative. Always on the leading edge of building energy-efficient new homes, Scott Jeffery initially designed and built two successful prototype 'Priority Green' houses in 2014. Jeffery Homes is pleased to announce they have been chosen by the Town of Clarington as the first approved PRIORITY GREEN builder.
Perceptions about how we build our cities are changing. Increasingly, the financial, environmental and social challenges associated with traditional patterns of suburban development are being recognized. To minimize these challenges in the future, the importance of designing neighbourhoods with a priority placed on sustainability is gaining greater focus.
Clarington will experience significant growth in the coming years. Recognizing this pressure and the significant neighbourhood development that will occur, the Municipality has launched PRIORITY GREEN Clarington, a "Local Planning for Global Stewardship" initiative.
PRIORITY GREEN Clarington aims to set a new standard for residential development that prioritizes sustainability, promotes innovation and improves the community's quality of life. It embraces the important role that municipalities can play in advancing the opportunities associated with "green home" and "green neighbourhood" design and construction practices. ?"Green" homes and neighbourhoods use products and design approaches that contribute to community benefits, such as energy efficiency, water conservation, improved air quality, resource conservation, and land preservation.
The greening of homes and neighbourhoods in Clarington is an important part of locally addressing climate change and infrastructure challenges, protecting the environment, and improving our health as we plan our community to the year 2031. PRIORITY GREEN Clarington will result in making green development proposals the preferred type of residential development in the Municipality.
To achieve this vision, PRIORITY GREEN Clarington involves: