|Net Zero Energy House
One of the projects of our organization is the construction of an ultimate efficient demonstration home designed to produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. The Net Zero Energy House will combine energy efficient building design that reduces energy consumption with solar heat and power generation technologies that supply the home’s remaining energy needs.
The purpose of this project is to increase awareness about how we can live in an environmentally friendly house. This house uses renewable resources to generate energy without harming our fragile ecosystem.
The Net Zero Energy House located in a residential area in London, Ontario has been designed using the latest research tools. The house combines state-of-the-art energy efficient construction featuring ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) walls, floors and ceilings. Also used are, a solar heating system, ground source heat, photovoltaic (PV) energy and glass sliding walls.
The project demonstrates how the latest technology can be combined with appealing design to create a harmonious and sustainable living environment. The Net Zero Energy House will be open to the general public in the summer of 2006. This house will serve as a tangible example of possible future construction for the building industry.
Green Infrastructure Inc. researchers will monitor the performance of the home for one year. This monitoring will be used to determine if the energy features of the house are performing as expected. Potential improvements to the approach used in achieving net zero energy will also be investigated. Sponsors of the net zero energy house include Amvic, Rehau, Enertran, the Cement Association of Canada, Arc Solar, Schott Solar, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., and others.