A Cottage Gets the LEEDing Edge in Southampton
An industry professional's energy-efficient cottage gets LEED certification.
Southampton has always felt like home for Gord Cooke and his family. As an engineering consultant, and president of Building Knowledge Canada Inc., Gord travels a lot for work – training, educating and lecturing about the importance of improving air quality and building energy-efficient homes.
Practicing what he preaches, Gord and his wife Linda started planning a custom cottage on an empty lot between Southampton’s downtown core, the river and the shore. Local third generation builder Derek Seaman of Seaman & Sons Builders was the couple’s first call. Gord had worked with the Seaman family for many years and knew they were familiar with the kind of R-2000 home he was looking to build. R-2000 homes are described by Natural Resources Canada as the “best-in-class energy-efficient homes that include high levels of insulation, clean air features and measures to help protect the environment.”
Together, Derek, with architectural designer John Peirson, and the Cookes, set out to build a net-zero home (a home that only uses as much energy as it generates on site) with many sustainability features sure to provide a cosy, quiet retreat for family and friends.