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The 2017
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The Eco-Solar Tour

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Our Sponsors!

The City sponsors the Eco-Solar Tour as part of Edmonton's energy transition.
Edm's Energy Transition

Always there, anywhere
ATCO

A De Waal home is a home for life.
De Waal Developments

Habitat-Studio built the first net zero homes in Edmonton and has been part of the Eco-Solar tour for 15 years.
Habitat Studio

Celebration Homes
Celebration Homes

Skyfire has installed some of the largest and most complex photovoltaic systems in Western Canada.
Skyfire Energy

Your Power, Our Future.
Effect Homes

Rosecrest has been building energy efficient homes in Edmonton for over 30 years.
Rosecrest Homes


The House Company

Sustainival.
Sustainival

Thanks to UCE for meeting and storage space.
Unitarian Church of Edm

The Homes of the 2017 Eco-Solar Home Tour

Each home follows an open-house format with volunteers, homeowners, and/or builders on site to help explain the energy efficient features. The summaries below list the main features of the home and there is a link to a "site sheet" that lists each home's features in detail. We encourage you to browse through the site sheets to find the technologies that most interest you on the tour. With 18 homes on this year's tour is will be difficult to see them all. Use the materials here to help you choose the homes that you want to see. You do not need to register, just make you way to the homes you want to see during the tour hours.

Note that the addresses of private homes are not listed on the web site until one month before the tour in early May. At that time we will post the addresses of each home and a map showing how to get there.

Saturday
3 June 2017
Noon to 4 pm

Sunday
4 June 2017
Noon to 4 pm

   
Site 1 1 St Albert EE Retrofit Home
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #1

Come and see how this homeowner reduced his electricity usage by half and then put in enough solar to offset his yearly usage. An excellent example of an energy retrofit.

Site 10 10 Windsor Park Skinny NZE
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #10

This home shows a creative way to increase density in a mature neighborhood by building two energy efficient homes side-by-side on the same lot. These homes will be nearing completion in time for the tour.

Site 2 2 McQueen EE Home
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #2

This home uses insulated concrete forms (ICF) for basement and wall construction to achieve insulation and air tightness. This home will be under construction during the tour.

Site 11 11 Belgravia Green
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #11

In 2012 we saw this home under construction, in 2013 we saw it on the tour complete. Now come and meet the builders to find out how this house is exceeding all performance expectations by generating an energy surplus three years in a row.

Site 3 3 NZE Apartments
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #3

This project features the first affordable net zero energy apartments and the first net zero energy church in Canada. This project will be under construction during the tour.

Site 12 12 Maple Crest NZE Home
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #12

This beautiful show home has been built to show that a NZE home can be built for nearly the same price as a regular home. Part of the trend toward affordable NZE homes.

Site 4 4 Westmount NZE Laneway Home
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #4

WATCH VIDEO!

This net zero energy garage suite has both photovoltaic and thermal solar collectors and has a storage system and advanced controls to store and distribute heat more efficiently.

Site 13 13 Fraser Vista NZE Home
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #13

This home will demonstrate that net zero energy can be achieved on a large home. This home will be under construction during the tour.

Site 5 5 NAIT Alt Tech Lab
Details of Site #5

The NAIT lab will be open with displays that show how energy efficiency technologies work. There are excellent hands-on displays/models and students and staff will be on hand to answer all your energy technology questions.

Site 14 14 Charlesworth CHP Home
ESHT Rating: SC
Details of Site #14

This home features a combined heat and power (CHP) system that generates electricity from natural gas. This is a small "micro" CHP unit generating 1.5 kW of power while at the same time generating 12,000 BTU/hr of heat.

Site 6 6 Prince Charles NZE Triplex
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #6

The goal of this triplex development is to provide net zero energy homes at an affordable price. The three units will be nearing completion by the time of the tour.

Site 15 15 Cameron Heights NZE home
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #15

This highly efficient home is set up for retirement with inflation proof energy costs and an electric elevator to maintain access as the homeowners age. This home will be under construction during the tour.

Site 7 7 Griesbach EE Home
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #7

This new home has been upgraded with a solar array, drain water heat recovery, and an on-demand water heater.

Site 16 16 Langdale NZE Home
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #16

While it may look like fairly typical this home achieves net zero energy with lots of insulation, an air source heat pump, and a large solar array. Plans also include a large garden.

Site 8 8 Evansdale
Comm. League

Details of Site #8
WATCH VIDEO!

This is one of the first larger scale solar systems on a community hall. The 28 kW system will pay nearly all the Community League's electricity bill for the next 30 years. There will be electric cars on display at the hall during the tour.

Site 17 17 Devon Solar Home
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #17

This three-generation infill house in Devon is highly energy efficient, has a large solar array, and lots of passive solar features.

Site 9 9 Ft Sask. Passive House
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #9

This home is built to Passive House standards for energy efficiency with 16" thick walls and energy efficient European windows and doors.

Site 18 18 Solar Heat Pump Home
ESHT Rating: SC
Details of Site #18

Featuring a new heat pump system that includes a solar collector and storage tank, this home gets most of its heat from the sun.