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The Eco-Solar
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4/5 June 2016

The Eco-Solar Tour

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Our Sponsors!

The Way We Green is the City's plan to preserve and sustain Edmonton's environment.
The Way We Green

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

Landmark's goal is to produce all Net Zero Energy homes by the end of 2015
Landmark Group

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

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

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

Your Power, Our Future.
Effect Homes

Thanks to Robinson for supplying insurance coverage.
Robinson Insurance

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

 

The 2016 Homes and Sites

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.

The tour is now just one month away. Addresses to the homes are now published below. Check out the locations of the homes neareast you and make plans to visit them! Here is a map to all the homes on the tour.

To give you some idea of what to expect on the tour here are some pictures of the 2015 tour.

 


Saturday
4 June 2016
Noon to 4 pm

Sunday
5 June 2016
Noon to 4 pm

   
Site 1 1 Alberta Beach NNZ
54230 RR 40,
Lac Ste Anne County
ESHT Rating: NNZ
Details of Site #1

Open early at 10 am

Winner of the Alberta Home Builders Green Home Award in 2015. This home is the result of 10 years of planning to build an energy efficient lifestyle in the country. Starting with a highly insulated building shell and adding energy efficient mechanical systems and appliances they have built a very efficient country home on a budget.

Site 10 10 Ottewell NZE Retrofit
9703 - 57 Street
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #10

Wow! A retrofit to take a 1960's home all the way to NZE. The homeowner added a ground source heat pump, upgrades to the building envelope, and then a very large solar array. Also featuring an electric Smart Car and a variety of recumbent bicycles and tricycles.

Site 2 2 St Albert Solar
7 Evergreen Close
St Albert
ESHT Rating: SC
Details of Site #2

This home demonstrates the installation of an 8.5 kW grid tied photovoltaic system on a standard construction home. Details of the installation will be available along with examples of LED lighting.

Site 11 Holyrood 11 Holyrood NNZ
9627 - 83 Street NW
ESHT Rating: NNZ
Details of Site #11

In addition to passive solar features this home has solar electric as well as solar thermal collectors which feed an innovative stratified thermal storage tank with wood fired backup. The homeowners will also be showing their Tesla electric car.

Site 3 3 Westmount Laneway NZE
10822 - 123 St NW
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #3

WATCH VIDEO!
This garage suite is a research project of the U of Calgary and Carbon Busters to design a highly efficient secondary suite over a garage. The suite has both photovoltaic and thermal solar collectors and has a storage system and advanced controls to store and distribute heat more efficiently.

Site 12 12 Evansdale Community League
9111 - 150 Ave
Details of Site #12
WATCH VIDEO!
This is one of the first larger scale solar systems on a community hall. The 14 kW system will pay roughly half the electricity bill for the next 30 years. There will be electric cars on display at the hall during the tour. More details as we get closer to the tour.

Site 4 4 Westmount NZE Home
12809 Woodbend Place
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #4

A beautiful NZE home backing onto the Groat revine. This is the third generation of NZE home from this builder. Also on this site there will be info on the North Glenora NZE Apt project.

Site 13 McKernan 13 McKernan NZE
11123 - 75 Avenue
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #13

WATCH VIDEO!
This home is aiming for the NZE sweet spot of combining envelope, mechanical, and energy generation to make this one of the least expensive NZE homes by this builder. Will have almost a year of operating data in time for this tour.

Site 5 NAIT 5 NAIT Alt Tech Lab
11762 - 106 Street NW;
Building D, Room 109
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 Strathcona 14 Strathcona NZE
9757 - 85 Avenue NW
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #14

This home is being used as a model for future factory built passive solar designs and includes a polished concrete main floor and solar shading overhangs for efficient passive solar gain. Efficient building envelope with spray foam insulation and efficient features throughout are complimented with a large solar array.

Site 7 7 Laurel Green
2044 - 24 Street NW
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #7

This design is a 1600 sq ft affordable starter home in Laurel Green. This is part of this builder's efforts to bring new home construction to an EnerGuide 86 (or higher).

Site 15 15 Belgravia EE
11434 - 76 Ave NW
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #15

This home combines 2" x 8" insulated walls with additional exterior insulation to achieve more than double the normal insulation. This produces a cost-effective energy efficient home.

Site 8 8 Chappelle NZE
4112 Charles Link SW
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #8

This is one of the first production model NZE homes to be built in Edmonton. It features factory built panels with energy efficient features throughout. The home features an air source heat pump, a large solar array, and an urban cultivator.

Site 16 16 Windsor Park NZE
11803 - 87 Ave NW
ESHT Rating: NZE
Details of Site #16

A home that produces all its energy for the home, office and a rental suite. This home takes energy independence to a new level by producing all required electricity to run an electric vehicle as well as the home. Under construction last year; come and see the finished result this year.

Site 9 9 Kernohan
415 Clareview Road NW
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #9

This is an example of the City of Edmonton's First Place program. These are homes built on surplus school sites in established neighbourhoods. The program is intended for first time home buyers and criteria has been put in place to help make the purchase more affordable. All homes must meet a minimum Energuide of 80.

Site 17 17 Hazeldean EE Duplex
7117 - 97 Street NW
ESHT Rating: EE
Details of Site #17

The Hazeldean Efficient Duplex features R50+ insulation, triple glazed windows, and ground source heat pump heating. This duplex is plumbed to use rainwater for toilet flushing, has solar hot water collectors, and has a garage designed to mount solar modules in the future.

Site 18 18 Earth's General Store
9605 - 82 Ave
Details of Site #18

Earth's General Store has installed 3.5 kW of solar to offset some of their electrical needs. Come and see how this is part of the concious choices in a store moving towards sustainability. Don't forget to ride your bike and bring your shopping list!
Store open 9 am til 6 pm Saturday;
Solar module presentations from Noon til 4 pm.

Site 18 18 Earth's General Store
9605 - 82 Ave
Details of Site #18

Earth's General Store has installed 3.5 kW of solar to offset some of their electrical needs. Come and see how this is part of the concious choices in a store moving towards sustainability. Don't forget to ride your bike and bring your shopping list!
Store open 9 am til 6 pm Sunday;
Solar module presentations from Noon til 4 pm.