Garth Campbell: This is my home, this is my parents’ home; and they’re both high efficiency houses.
Bob Deeks: We built two houses side by side, one for the kids who are 50 and one for their parents that we’re in right now.
This home is different because it’s an Energuide 85 home. It would be one of the most sustainably built energy efficient houses built in Canada today.
Garth Campbell: For the high efficiency home, the envelope is critical. The heating system, the air exchange system. Door seals triple glazed windows all combined to make it such an incredibly comfortable perfect house to be in.
Bob Deeks: As we design the house, one of the most important members of the team is your energy adviser.
Ryan Coleman: A home is the biggest asset that you’re most likely going to own in your entire life, so you want to make sure that that asset is performing to the best that it is capable of. So achieving a well operating system starts with doing room by room load calculations.
Bob Deeks: Measuring every room, measuring the volumes, measuring the insulation the windows. If we bring in energy adviser and it’s like measuring something twice and cutting it once.
The vast majority of houses today, when the mechanical contractor looks to come in to size the mechanical system, tells you… like that … uh, you know, 30,000, 70,000, 100,000 BTUs.
Ryan Coleman: It’s not rule of thumb. It’s not, “Hey I’ve got a certain size house so it needs a certain size system”. You need to be more sophisticated than that.
Bob Deeks: Here we’ve got the heart of this system isn’t this an amazing furnace. You know it’s so small and compact. When we first engaged with our HVAC contractor they wanted to put a 70,000 BTU furnace in here. Once we did the mechanical design with you guys, and we understood exactly what our heat loss was, we’ve ended up with a 30,000 BTU unit.
Ryan Coleman: And then I guess, when you look at the actual system itself, we’ve got a very high performance efficiency rating at 95. It’s obviously Energy Star certified. Fits really well into this mechanical Room.
Bob Deeks: And you know that’s one of the biggest challenges we’ve had with our architects is they always want to shrink our mechanical room. We finally have a furnace here that fits in to a nice compact space.
Ryan Coleman: So a properly sized system delivering its operating intent sounds like a good idea to me.
Bob Deeks: And an Energy Star certification to meet our performance goals.
Ryan Coleman: Things like HOT2000 and the EnerGuide rating system, it’s really a foundational element to all high performance homes in Canada.
Bob Deeks: One of the amazing things about this home is the way it’s designed is that the floors feel warm. Most people walking into the house would actually think that we had heated floors.
Ryan Coleman: People don’t really think about that when they when they think about forced air. They think about hydronic. I loved when the homeowner was talking about that actual level of level of comfort was achieved in the house. It’s fantastic.
Bob Deeks: You know, the concept was that it would blow the air across the room and create that even thermal comfort.
So everybody wants to know what’s the payback on my energy efficiency house. What you get for that extra investment is you get a healthy environment for your family; a place that’s comfortable warm in winter, cool in summer.
Garth Campbell: Being satisfied and happy where you are, it’s the best value for the dollar. It’s all about quality of life.
Bob Deeks: It’s an amazing view isn’t it. It’s unbelievable. You know, these two lots side by side, view of the wilderness in this urban setting here.
Garth Campbell: Couldn’t have workedout better.