Solar Buildings Research Network

Solar Photovoltaic Energy Success Stories

The President of Concordia University, Dr. Claude Lajeunesse, announced on June 1st, 2006 the creation of the Solar Buildings Research Network , headquartered at Concordia. The network brings together 24 top Canadian researchers in solar energy and buildings from 10 Canadian universities to develop the solar-optimized homes and commercial buildings of the future. The vision of the network is the realization of the solar building operating in Canada as an integrated advanced technological system that approaches the zero-energy use target on an annual basis through the utilization of passive solar, energy efficient design, and renewable energy systems, with the aim to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of residential and commercial buildings and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The network focuses on four research themes:

  1. Integration of solar energy systems into buildings
  2. Use of solar thermal systems for heating and cooling
  3. Solar electricity generation in buildings
  4. Simulation tools for solar building

In addition to the university collaborators, the network also includes experts from Natural Resources Canada, the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, Hydro Québec, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Building Owners and Managers Association. The network will also develop and implement a strategy to effectively transfer this knowledge to architects, manufacturers and home builders and utilities.

Managed by CanmetENERGY at the Varennes (Quebec) research centre.