A new era of modern design has arrived, and in it, aesthetics, natural materials, and environmentally-mindful design interplay. Homeowners today expect nothing less than highly eco-friendly, energy efficient homes which speak to their conscience as much as their tastes.

But some contemporary builds go further: uniting naturally inspired materials, ash and woody tones, and an abundance of windows, with high-tech, smart-home functionality.

Discover how these elite homes earned their eco-cred with clever amenities and stunning design.

Conscious Design: 4 Energy Efficient Homes

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 523 Ch. Cyrille, Sacré-Coeur, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 523 Ch. Cyrille, Sacré-Coeur, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 523 Ch. Cyrille, Sacré-Coeur, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 523 Ch. Cyrille, Sacré-Coeur, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 523 Ch. Cyrille, Sacré-Coeur, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Sacré-Coeur, QC

Perched atop a 75-metre cliff, this home’s beauty is only rivaled by the southwest views of the Saguenay Fjord, a natural sanctuary for whales. A true haven on a hill; here, nature is your energy source. There’s pre-wiring for solar panels, economical LED lighting, and a central fireplace which feeds a hydronic system.

The splendour of this property is to be found in the meticulous attention to detail in its design. Balancing cabin-style decor with soaring ceilings and luxurious amenities, the floor-to-ceiling triple pane windows offer views of passing wildlife like local birds. During calving season you can even spot beluga whales down below. What’s more, the fjord is set to become a protected UNESCO-heritage site, meaning your beautiful view will be preserved for years to come.

Conscious Design: 4 Energy Efficient Homes

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 3418 Shuswap Road E, Kamloops, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 3418 Shuswap Road E, Kamloops, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 3418 Shuswap Road E, Kamloops, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 3418 Shuswap Road E, Kamloops, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 3418 Shuswap Road E, Kamloops, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Kamloops, BC

Nestled among 11.5 acres of private, garden sanctuary—this riverfront estate is another world. Though only 15 minutes from Kamloops’ centre, you’ll feel blissfully remote within its cultivated paradise. Across the chemical-free grounds, freshly-grown grapes, fruit, and vegetables provide a sustainable farm-to-table experience.

The energy-savvy features of this home take full advantage of the Okanagan’s hot summers—solar panels and geothermal heating help reduce environmental impact while regulating your home’s temperatures.

From the wood-paneled library to the quaint riverside verandas, relaxed luxury is front of mind throughout the design. Soak in the beauty of Shuswap Lake and rest easy in knowing you’ve minimized your eco-footprint upon the stunning surroundings.

Conscious Design: 4 Energy Efficient Homes

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6300 Place Northcrest, Apt. 6D, Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6300 Place Northcrest, Apt. 6D, Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6300 Place Northcrest, Apt. 6D, Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6300 Place Northcrest, Apt. 6D, Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6300 Place Northcrest, Apt. 6D, Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, QC

Panoramic views of Greater Montreal, ample storage space, and floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms are just a few of the selling points of this stunning home in the city.

The 2,121-square-foot, open concept penthouse is impeccably finished with top-of-the-line appliances and fixtures—including recessed LED lights to enhance the minimalist aesthetic. Light moves freely in this home, reflecting off the white walls, marble floors, and light wood. Here, a bright interior can lift spirits even in the darkest of months.

Conscious Design: 4 Energy Efficient Homes

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 636 Howatt Drive, Edmonton, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 636 Howatt Drive, Edmonton, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 636 Howatt Drive, Edmonton, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 636 Howatt Drive, Edmonton, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 636 Howatt Drive, Edmonton, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Edmonton, AB

This state-of-the-art two-storey walkout resides in the family-friendly golf community of Jagare Ridge, where it boasts the sought-after title of a “Net Zero Energy” home.

Featuring some of the newest elements of eco-friendly design, the home’s many sustainable attributes include solar energy, drain water heat-recovery, high-quality insulation, and triple-pane smart windows. In this space, you can rest assured of a comfortable temperature through the worst of Canadian winters.

These properties prove that luxury and efficiency aren’t mutually exclusive. Designed with self-sufficiency, convenience, and privacy at heart, Sotheby’s Canada’s eco-friendly properties offer the best of modern elegance and sustainable living.

Looking for more inspiration? We recommend checking out these five eco-friendly properties across Canada—each one proves that you can find a home as sustainable as it is beautiful.

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