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Phase 1 Research Homes

The Home of Today & Home of Tomorrow

In 2017, two different homes were built! One features standard technologies according to the current building code. The other exceeds code requirements using the latest technologies to enhance energy efficiency.

Once families moved in, sensors throughout the homes started documenting energy consumption and cost efficiency. Currently, both homes are being monitored and compared by a research team at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering.

Home of Today

Built using equipment and construction of a standard nature in 2017 in BC, in order to serve as a baseline comparison to the Home of Tomorrow.

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This home was built to minimum code requirements in BC, Canada in 2017.

  • HVAC: 92 % efficient 60,000 btu natural gas furnace c/w single stage psc blower c/w 14.5 seer 3 ton AC.
  • Nu Air non dedicated HRV system.
  • Fireplace: heat & glo DV3732SBI direct vent gas fireplace
  • Plumbing: standard fixtures. 60 gal elect HWT.
  • Windows: vinyl double glazed windows c/w 180 low E.
  • Insulation: R-22 batt walls, R-40 blown in ceilings, 2 lb Sprayed joist ends.
  • Lighting: Incandescent
  • Appliances: Standard

Home of Tomorrow

Built to raise the bar in energy efficiency in and demonstrate possibilities of minimizing carbon emissions and electricity consumption within an affordable budget in 2017.

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  • HVAC: 5 series – ground source heat pump c/w ECM variable speed blower
  • Zoned ducting (1 @basement/1 @ main)
  • Solar panels: CSUN Quasar 260 – connected to a Fortis net meter
  • Life Breath RNC155 dedicated HRV system
  • GE Geospring Pro heat pump water heater
  • Fireplace: Marquis 46 Skyline 2 ZRB46NE gas direct vent
  • Plumbing: water saving toilets and faucets
  • Windows: vinyl triple glazed windows c/w double 366 low E
  • 12 inch Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) foundation walls at entire basement level
  • QuikTherm 2″ styrofoam wall system, c/w R14 batt insulation on the main floor
  • R-20 batted and R-50 blown in ceilings (total R-70), 2lb Urethane Spray at joist ends
  • Lighting – LED
  • Appliances: induction range, double ovens (clients can use the smaller oven the majority of the time and save power), 5 door fridge (allowing the client to access smaller cavities resulting in less temperature fluctuations due to cold air loss), heat pump dryer (brand new technology resulting in significant gains in efficiency. These dryers are also condensing units and do not require outside vent)
  • Energy Star rated hood fan with LED lighting and ultra-quiet blower
  • Energy efficient dishwasher
  • Energy management and climate control system by Honeywell