Jayman BUILT: A Legacy Builder
Homebuilder brings impressive new standard to Alberta
This weekend, Jayman BUILT is up for 20 awards through BILD Calgary Region (BILDCR)—across categories: developer; industry; multi-family; single-family; sales; advertising & marketing. Among the awards they’ve already won, they’re a 21-time recipient of Builder of the Year in Alberta. Meanwhile, they’ve introduced an impressive new standard across their builds. They also happen to be the founding member of Built Green Canada. Jayman is indeed a legacy builder.
Jayman BUILT is a builder continually pushing innovation—they have rolled out an impressive new standard across all their homes, which they call Core Performance. This new specification (spec) includes 10 solar panels—saving up to 50 per cent on homeowner electricity bills (alongside the other energy efficient inclusion in Core Performance, the homeowner saves about $900/year). These standard features increase Jayman’s carbon savings from 3.3 tons per year to 4.8 tons, while increasing their energy efficiency from 20 per cent to 30 per cent better than building code minimum.
Core Performance features further address energy-efficiency and water-saving technologies, including a 96 per cent high-efficiency two-stage furnace; on-demand hot water with efficient, tankless hot-water heaters; a durable exterior, foundation wrapped with an air-gap membrane for protection and water repulsion; fibreglass triple-pane windows and spray foam insultation; fresh, clean air with active HRVs (providing total air change of fresh air every three hours)—the list goes on.
For a builder serious about energy, Jayman realizes that green building goes well beyond energy performance—and building a healthier home is key to sustainability. Indoor air quality, for example, is critical. Beyond inclusion of an HRV, Jayman chooses low-to-no VOC (volatile organic compound) materials, and features like Merv 13-rated furnace filter, which, coupled with the UV-C ultraviolet air purification system in the furnace, eliminates 99 per cent of surface mold, mildew and pathogens in the HVAC system, while helping eliminate airborne pathogens.
A sustainable home is about looking at the whole picture—this extends beyond the home itself, to a larger understanding of sustainable living—including homeowner practices and how the builder may positively affect them. So Jayman enables their homebuyers to make greener choices, while walking the talk themselves. While part of their own business model is to use a waste management company that diverts at least 50 per cent of construction materials from the waste stream, they also expect their suppliers and trades to recycle—and part of their home standard is including onsite compositing facilities, promoting more environmentally-friendly choices long after they’ve signed over the house. Plus, every home has an electric car-charging outlet built into the garage; the 220-volt outlet (with 30-amp breaker) is compatible with all electric vehicle models.
Innovation has always been integral to the Jayman BUILT brand. Back in 2003, as part of Jayman’s involvement with BILDCR, they spearheaded the development of Built Green Canada, with the hope that it would enable leading builders to showcase their sustainable building practices and build upon them—through a builder-friendly framework that could guide industry forward. Built Green Canada’s guiding principles would become that its programs would be voluntary; they would offer choices, flexibility, and be straight forward; builder training is essential; affordability is key; and third-party certification would offer verification to builds—helping builders show that they weren’t greenwashing, and were, in fact, delivering a better product.
Jayman BUILT remains in firm support of the programs, and to date, have 12,396 third-party certified BUILT GREEN® homes. The CEO at Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, says the following:
As an organization with builders across performance levels; project designations; budgets; as well as custom and production size, we know that every home built makes an impact on the environment and its occupants’ health and wellbeing. Any builder, renovator, restorer, or developer who seeks more responsible practices and verifies their work with third-party certification is taking important steps to benefit the environment; their homebuyers; and the industry at large—by way of raising the bar. With nearly 12,396 BUILT GREEN® certified homes, and a legacy of spearheading the development of Built Green Canada—a non-profit guiding industry towards greener, healthier builds—there is no doubt Jayman BUILT has made a tremendous impact on the residential building industry: in Alberta and beyond.
Meanwhile, Built Green’s founding member has become an ambassador for green building and continues to innovate—to save their customers money; and to protect their health; while reducing Jayman BUILT’s environmental footprint.