Posts Tagged ‘NET-ZERO ENERGY’


Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Living buiding performance on a budget

Launched in 2006, the Living Building Challenge is a rigorous certification program that sets absolute performance standards and requires proof that they have been achieved before awarding certification. There are seven categories [or petals], most comprising several imperatives, all of which must be met if recognition for that petal is to be achieved. Full recognition requires a building to meet the imperatives of all seven petals; partial recognition requires a building to achieve three petals, one of which must be Water, Energy or Materials.

By James Hettinger, OAA


2016 - Ontario Regional Winner and Technical Award Winner: BILL FISCH FOREST STEWARDSHIP AND EDUCATION CENTRE - Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

JURY COMMENTS: The first Living Building Challenge contender in Ontario, this benchmark project goes beyond net zero energy by meticulously pursuing a range of familiar conservation strategies including: a high-performance envelope with R-40 walls and R-60 roof; a window-to-wall ratio of less than 30%; and triple-glazed windows oriented for optimal solar orientation. A 35kW photovoltaic array contributes to the net positive energy result. Other notable achievements include net zero water, with rain and well water meeting 100% of occupant needs. (more…)

Strathcona Net Zero House

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Modern home a living laboratory in historic neighbourhood

The Strathcona Net Zero House, with an Energuide Rating of 95, is located in the 100 year-old neighbourhood of Old Strathcona in Edmonton. The area retains much of its original character including one of the most well preserved historic business districts in western Canada, along with tree-lined streets having a mixture of heritage homes, mid-century walk-up apartments, and new infill housing.

By Paul Horsman (more…)

Maurer House and Studio

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Case Study in achieving Net Zero energy

Built in 2003, the 1,850 sq. ft. Maurer House overlooks Lake Okanagan in BC on a sloping site with bedrock outcrops that we built around by dividing the house into three pieces around a central garden and mature trees: a studio/garage on the east, the master bedroom pavilion on the south, and the main living pavilion on the west.

By Florian Maurer


VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre - Net-zero building designed to meet the Living Building Challenge system

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Founded in 1971 and located five kilometres from downtown Vancouver, the VanDusen Botanical Garden preserves an important 22-hectare environmental oasis within
an increasingly dense urban context.

By Jim Huffman