The Drake Landing Solar Community has six distinct two-story home designs from 1492 – 1664 sq ft to choose from. These will look similar to other new homes across Canada, but there will be subtle differences.
The solar heated homes are enhanced with stringent energy requirements. Each of the 52 homes will be certified to Natural resources Canada's R-2000 standard for energy efficiency. Although widely recognized for excellent results, the voluntary, made-in-Canada R-2000 Standard is employed on only a very small fraction of new homes – although many features first introduced in R-2000 homes are now commonplace. When completed, the 52 homes will be one of the largest collections of R-2000 homes in Canada.
All homes in Drake Landing Solar Community will also be certified in the Built Green™ Alberta program. The program is managed by the Non-profit, Built Green™ Society and is modeled on both the R-2000 and NRCan's EnerGuide for New Houses Program. The program has three distinct levels builders can aspire to for flexibility of price ranges, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Drake Landing solar homes will have the Gold certification.
Both R-2000 and Built Green™ Alberta programs advocate quality, comfort, energy efficiency and responsible resource use, yet they are different enough for each builder to have a unique specification for the consumer.