The Future of Energy

District energy systems have operated in North America for more than a century — the first were steam-driven! — and are increasingly seen as a strategy for heating and cooling in a carbon-constrained world.

Flexibility is a big advantage. Blatchford’s district energy sharing system can be made bigger to meet demand. It can also incorporate multiple renewables with the added benefit of energy sharing. Commercial buildings that need cooling, for instance, can heat homes in the same system, increasing overall efficiency by up to 20 percent.

In Edmonton, the University of Alberta owns and operates a district energy system to serve their greater campus area. Many other Canadian cities, universities and neighbourhoods also use district energy sharing systems.

Blatchford Renewable Energy

Your Rates

In most places, homeowners have to pay a premium to have their heating, cooling and hot water come from renewable sources. Blatchford isn’t most places.

Like any other utility, monthly bills from Blatchford Renewable Energy factor in capital and operating costs. And Blatchford residents are guaranteed to pay competitive utility fees as anyone else in the City of Edmonton.

While natural gas rates fluctuate with global markets, Blatchford’s renewable energy rates are expected to provide long-term stability. As commodity prices increase and carbon pricing policies ramp up, Blatchford’s system will significantly outperform conventional systems.

Your monthly heating bill will include a variable rate and a fixed monthly charge. The 2021 rates for fee-simple townhouses (not part of a condo corporation) are:

  • Fixed monthly charge of $1.51 per unit per day
  • Variable charge for heating & cooling of $0.0262 per kWh

Customer Service

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Green Infrastructure

Blatchford’s landscaping combines the best of both worlds. Not only is it beautiful, it’s got the environmental smarts to back it up.


Whenever it rains or snows, low impact design features are there to slow down and capture the water and improve any runoff that drains away. Bioswales, rain gardens and stormwater ponds aren’t just beautiful, they also provide habitats where plants, trees and birds can thrive


Trees make a neighbourhood home.
Blatchford has tree-lined boulevards, ornamental shrubs and fruit trees. Parks and open spaces feature native, drought-resistant species. Community gardens are watered using rainwater collected in cisterns. There are even more possibilities with roofs and terraces, patios, decks and gardens.


Food connects us to each other and the world. Blatchford recognizes the role urban agriculture can play in making connections. Community gardens, fruit tree orchards and edible landscaping are part of the neighbourhood, not only providing healthy treats, but increasing quality of life.


Biodiversity is integral to Blatchford’s design.Every part of the neighbourhood is closely connected to naturalized spaces, a variety of tree species and native plants.


Solar-Ready Trusses
Certified solar-ready trusses on peaked roofs enables the future installation of solar panels.

To reduce energy loss and to increase the airtightness in the home, windows must meet a high standard for energy-efficiency. Windows in Blatchford homes have a very low thermal transmittance value, which means they prevent heat loss to the outdoors better than a window that just meets the requirements outlined in the Alberta Building Code. Better windows mean residents will be more comfortable during the winter months, as the windows will reduce drafts and not radiate cold as much as a standard window.

Buildings in Blatchford have highly insulated walls, roofs AND basement floors because a well insulated home is the key to energy efficiency! Insulation reduces the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling and keeps the home at a comfortable temperature year round. Added bonus - insulation is also helpful for reducing outdoor noise pollution.

Energy-Efficient Appliances
All major appliances will be Energy Star® rated to minimize energy used in the home.

Heat Pumps
Instead of using furnaces and air conditioners that rely on burning fossil fuels, Blatchford buildings will use heat pumps that rely on transferring energy. Heat pumps are the most efficient mechanical system for heating and cooling. A home heat pump produces 400% more energy than the electricity it consumes! In comparison, a traditional high-efficiency furnace operates at around 90% efficiency. The heat pumps are connected to the community’s District Energy Sharing System, which uses renewable energy sources including geoexchange and solar.

Heating Controls
Homeowners will be able to minimize their energy use with advanced heating controls. Depending on what model the home builder chooses, these smart room thermostats can be programmable, self-adjusting, have occupancy detection and more.

Airtightness refers to how much air flows into and out of a building in areas that shouldn’t have air flow, such as your walls and around your window frames. The more airtight a building is, the better. The building will lose less heat, its ventilation system will be able to perform better, there will be less chance of unwanted moisture entering the home, and residents will have higher comfort (fewer temperature and humidity control issues). All Blatchford homes undergo a blower door test to confirm a level of airtightness which exceeds the minimum code required in new home construction.

Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)
Located in a home’s duct system, heat recovery ventilators help reduce pollutants and odours by replacing stale air with fresh warm air. HRVs also use the warm air that would normally be exhausted (vented) from your home to preheat incoming cold air to save energy. HRV systems that recover a minimum of 80% of the heat from exhaust air have been selected for Blatchford homes to reduce the energy required to heat the incoming fresh air.

Air Filtration
Homeowners will have added peace of mind as air filtration systems reduce indoor pollutants.

Water-Efficient Fixtures and Appliances
Low-flow and water-efficient fixtures and appliances, like faucets, toilets, showerheads, dishwashers and washing machines, allow homeowners to reduce their water consumption.

Green Buildings

Blatchford homes are some of the greenest in Canada, up to 37% more efficient than the current Alberta building code.

Blatchford has created custom building codes that all home builders in the neighbourhood follow, ensuring building features that provide good value are standard in all the homes.

Homes are well insulated with a tighter building envelope, triple-paned windows, smart thermostats, energy- and water-efficient appliances and low-flow fixtures.

A better building is more comfortable, air quality is better, and less energy and water is wasted.

The codes are built around 3 principles:

Buildings in Blatchford will have highly insulated walls, roofs and floors, high-performance windows and an airtight envelope to reduce heat loss.

Building energy systems will actively recapture any waste heat and efficiently consume energy through the use of heat recovery ventilators, sealed ductwork and variable speed pumps. Homeowners will be able to minimize their energy use with advanced heating controls.

The buildings will also feature water-efficient fixtures, water and energy efficient appliances and air filtration systems. Construction practices will reduce waste materials and air pollutants which can remain in the finished buildings.