UBC Okanagan students evaluated the operational carbon footprint of both houses within the Wilden Living Lab in this study.
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Findings from the Wilden Living Lab so far. By Piyaruwan Perera1, Mohit Kumar2, Anber Rana1 1PhD Students @ UBC Okanagan 2M.Eng Student @ UBC Okanagan The majority of people are aware of the hot and sunny days in Kelowna that makes the city and the region a great place for solar based energy generation. Yet,Read more
Life Cycle Assessment of the Home of Today (H2D) versus the Home of Tomorrow (H2M) By Mohit Kumar1 , Anber Rana2, Piyaruwan Perera2 1M. Eng Student @ UBC Okanagan 2PhD Students @ UBC Okanagan An eco-friendly residential building is beneficial for lowering negative impacts on the environment as well as positively impacting health and wellbeingRead more
Laboratory Experiment Results for Different Window Types: Hot Box Experiment – by Anber Rana, Kyle Charles, Piyaruwan Perera students at UBC Okanagan Residential buildings in Canada are not only increasing in size but have also started adopting larger window to wall ratios which result in higher heat losses. The heat losses can be reduced through the useRead more
How to Save Over $26 Per Month in Lighting Costs. By Anber Rana and Piyaruwan Perera, PhD Students @ UBC Okanagan Artificial lighting is a large contributor to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and according to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), it constitutes up to 4% of the total primary energy used in residential buildings. Advancements in energy-efficientRead more
Insulating Walls, Floors and Ceilings: Little Effort, Large Effect By Anber Rana and Piyaruwan Perera PhD Students at UBC Okanagan The cold season in most regions of Canada is not only characterized by the need for warmer clothes and foods but also by an increase in energy bills which in extreme cases can be upRead more
Save on Heating Bills Using ICF Foundation Walls Basements, if not properly designed, can account for up to 20% of total heat losses from a home. The conventional method of basement construction is to make a concrete wall and insulate it from the inside to save on heating bills. However, concrete has also provenRead more
Wilden Living Lab Delivers Surprising Results. – By Anber Rana & Piyaruwan Perera, Ph.D. Students at UBC-Okanagan Windows play an important role in every home. They enhance the aesthetic appearance of the exterior, optimize views, and allow sunlight to naturally brighten the interior. Windows can also be a major source of heat loss inRead more
Why Should You Go Solar In Kelowna? – By Anber Rana, PhD Student UBC-Okanagan Solar energy is a form of renewable energy that not only helps in reducing energy bills but also the carbon footprint of buildings. According to an estimated use of 1.5kW capacity of solar systems for a small size house withRead more
Living Lab Awarded with Silver Tommies in 4 Categories We are happy to share some really exciting news with you! On Thursday, December 1st, the Wilden Living Lab and Home of Tomorrow have been awarded with Silver Tommies in four categories, making this project eligible for four Gold Tommies. The categories theRead more
Sign up for the Living Lab Newsletter to be the first to hear about Research Results. Register Here According to the EnerGuide testing, the Home of Tomorrow is more than double as energy efficient as the Home of Today. Gilles Lesage of Total Home Solutions evaluated the Wilden Living Lab Homes. Construction of both Wilden Living Lab Homes was completedRead more
Sign up for our newsletter to hear about the research results. Register Here Generating Solar Power in Your Home – Does it Make Dollars and Sense? Fortis BC and the Wilden Living Lab are collecting real-life data. “As home builders we are challenged by today’s home buyers who are asking: What if I go solar? HowRead more
Honeywell and NxGen Control Solutions make professional energy management affordable for every Canadian homeowner Window Sensor Exciting new developments are already being seen from the Wilden Living Lab research project. One of the partners in the pioneering initiative, Honeywell, is using the experience to take their existing systems to the next level. Hot Water SensorRead more
Join the mid-construction tour of the Home of Tomorrow hosted by FortisBC FortisBC is hosting a mid-construction tour of the Wilden Living Lab “Home of Tomorrow” and would like you to join. When: Wednesday, August 17th, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 8:30-9:30 a.m. (limited spots available; includes continental breakfast) Where: 263 Upper Canyon Drive North PleaseRead more
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