Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Free Public Lecture: SFU/CMHC Retrofitting for zero energy! October 24, 2012

The Now House — Retrofitting for Zero Energy
October 24, 7 pm
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reserve

A lot of focus has been placed on how to build homes that are increasingly more energy efficient and sustainable. But what about the existing stock of older homes across the country? In 50 years, two-thirds of our housing stock will still be here and housing is responsible for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Join Lorraine Gauthier as she explores the approach behind the Now House® — the retrofit of a 60-year-old post-war house in an established neighbourhood in Toronto and its transformation into a net zero energy home. Just like a typical city house, the Now House® is connected to, and uses energy from, the local utility. However, unlike typical homes, the Now House® produces energy to send to the utility company. On an annual basis, the home produces as much energy as it consumes, resulting in a net zero energy bill. Based on this success, the The Now House™ project team teamed up with Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation to bring sustainable thinking and design to five similar wartime houses in Windsor. Come and discover how the Now House® offers a vision and a practical, affordable approach that can be applied to homes across the country. Panelists include Michael Geller, architect, planner, and developer; and Dr. Guido Wimmers, director, Canadian Passive House Institute.

Sponsored by CMHC and SFU Continuing Studies (City Program).


Rob said...

Retro-fitting solely for energy efficiency may be a tough bar to get over, but a more substantial reno would allow for plumbing, electrical and energy updating, while also allowing densification (raise the house for a workable suite, for example).

It will be interesting to see your report from this presentation.

Michael Geller said...

Rob,thanks for your comment. I was not convinced that it was cost effective or worthwhile to undertake only energy related renovations. However one interesting fact was the cost benefits that can arise from doing more than one house in a neighbourhood...savings from multiple houses can be significant.

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