The Home of Tomorrow was built with the latest energy efficient techniques and equipment. It is rated an Energy Star new home and has achieved an exceptional EnerGuide rating of 47GJ/year. It is 52% more energy efficient than the Home of Today, which is built next door according to the current building code.
The Home of Tomorrow was awarded four Silver Tommies in December 2016 and received one Gold Tommie for Building Energy Efficiency.
All innovations incorporated in the Home of Tomorrow are sourced locally and selected on the basis of affordability. The theme of efficiency is demonstrated throughout the home, starting with an open living area, master suite, den and laundry all on the main floor. The outstanding interior design shows pure, modern elegance.
The Wilden Living Lab initiative is a pioneering research and learning project. On June 1, 2017 both families moved in and the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan has started extensive research, which includes collecting real-life data on energy consumption of equipment, the building envelope temperature loss, and overall usage patterns.
Among the innovations incorporated and displayed in the Home of Tomorrow are: