Houzz, an online resource for people who want to design or remodel their own homes from the foundation up, has named a local Edmonton company the best design company in Canada. Effect Homes, an Edmonton home builder that specializes in energy-efficient home design, received the award earlier this month. The annual awards are handed out in just three categories, design, customer service, and photography, and winners receive a badge that they can display on their website and promotional materials.
Houzz and its clients look carefully at a number of factors when choosing the winners, including their commitment to quality, innovation, and staying ahead of the curve when it comes to their projects. Effect Homes, who try to balance style and energy efficiency into their projects, is exemplary of all of these criteria. The company has designed homes in a number of different styles, from the ultra-modern acreage home to the more traditional bungalow, all with the goal of a net-zero energy status.
Such a status means that the home is capable of producing all the energy it requires on an annual basis. This includes a number of different strategies, including energy efficient insulation, windows, and doors; solar power options that provide electricity for the home, and more. According to Effect’s team, the benefits are more than just a lower energy bill ”By meeting this standard, homeowners are awarded with… a quiet and more comfortable living atmosphere, health benefits of high indoor air quality, and the satisfaction of making a significant contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions.”
Of the award, the company’s managing partner, Les Wold, was excited. “We are thrilled to receive the Best of Houzz 2016 award!” He stated in an announcement from the company, “It is a wonderful validation that our sustainable building practices are seamlessly blending with design excellence.”
When it comes to cutting edge design, Edmonton has a unique opportunity thanks to it’s long summer days, plenty of space, and reasonable costs. Projects like Effect or Houzz make the city a great place to live, and provides opportunities for innovation that many people outside of the area would consider unexpected from Alberta’s capital.