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Edmonton Home Tour Pictures 2022

This page has pictures of the 2022 Edmonton home tour. There are five pictures per home.
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Site 1 Drayton Valley NZE Straw Bale Retrofit Home

1a This 1960's home was rennovated by wrapping the home with straw bales for an R50 insulation.
1b The owner did all the interior woodwork himself.
1c Nice wide open space with lots of light from south facing windows.
1d Window detail showing the 16" thick walls that the straw bales add to the house.
1e A lovely NZE retrofit. These pictures were taken a few days before the actual tour.

Site 2 Keswick Solar Home

2a Large home overlooking the North Saskatchewan river. Essentially two homes with a large suite for their parents.
2b The home takes advantage of the views with large windows facing north to the river valley.
2c Even the bathroom has a view!
2d The homeowner designed a very interesting system that draws heat from underground pipes to pre-heat or pre-cool air coming into the home. This pre-conditioned air makes the heat recovery ventillators more efficient, and requires less heating and cooling.
2e The lower level is for their parents and the upper levels are for their own family.

Site 3 Langdale NZE Home

3a This NZE home has been on our tour before. The homeowners now have years of data on how the home operates.
3b They have a large solar array on the roof and are developing a large garden in the back.
3c Lovely open-concept living/dining/kitchen area.
3d Their children have grown up in net-zero, on the tour they helped point out the heat recovery ventilator and other equipment.
3e The end of a good tour day! Tour pictures provided by the owner.

Site 4 Windermere Solar Ready Home

4a This solar ready home was under construction on tour day. These pictures were taken in the weeks and months before the tour.
4b This home was built to be 40% more efficient than a code-built home.
4c Additional expanded polystyrene insulation was added to the outside of the wood frame construction.
4d The homeowner owns a roofing company so the flat roof was specially reinforced to support a large solar array which will be added later.
4e Large windows to take in the view of the ravine and lots of space on the roof for future solar.

Site 5 Queen Alexandra NZE Retrofit Home

5a This 1949 home has been upgraded all the way to NZE over the past 16 years.
5b A volunteer explaining how the ground-source heat pump (geothermal) works. The unit was installed in 2005.
5c The solar garage was added in 2019. Here, volunteers are explaining solar and electric vehicles.
5d There were lots of posters with pictures and explainations of the journey to net-zero.
5e Here is the solar garage from the alley. This is a 14.4 kW solar system with 44 solar modules.

Site 6 Idylwylde NZE Home

6a A new NZE home in the Idylwylde neighborhood had the builder and solar installer on hand to answer questions.
6b This home has many interesting details and volunteers were on hand to explain.
6c Lovely open living room with a wood stove for cozy winter days.
6d There were lots of questions this year from people on how to get started installing solar on their homes. We recommend that you contact our sponsors for more information.
6e Lots of great discussions. Thank you to the builder for supplying these pictures of tour day.

Site 7 Sundance Deep Energy Retrofit

7a The Sundance Coop is undergoing a deep energy retrofit to all 59 townhomes. Due to illness, this site was not available to tour this year. Please see the virtual 2021 tour of Sundance on our videos page. These pictures are from previous tours of Sundance.
7b The retrofit uses an accurate scan of the buildings to create an accurate electronic model.
7c Then prefabricated wall sections are made and lifted into positon on the home. The project is about two-thirds complete and they have worked out most of the details in sizing and fitting the prefabricated wall panels.
7d Peter (right) who is leading the project, in discussion with a visitor.
7e One of the town home buildings with the walls installed. A porch is added after this.

Site 8 Woodhaven NZE Home

8a A new NZE home in the Woodhaven suburb. This home backs onto a ravine.
8b The homeowner was on hand to answer questions about the home. They also had the energy modelling company showing how the home was tested for its Energuide rating (note blower door test unit set up).
8c The homeowner was inspired to build net-zero by his neighbor and friend who owns the NZE home next door.
8d The home is heated with an air source heat pump. Note also the air source heat pump hot water tank.
8e Large windows to take advantage of the ravine views and a large solar array on the roof.

Site 9 Belgravia Garden Home

9a These homeowners have one of the largest corner lots in Belgravia so they built their retirement home in the garden. The home is as large as their previous home (which is being developed into a multi-unit rental property).
9b Because of the lot shape, very few of the walls are at right angles. Lots of interesting room shapes.
9c The homeowner explaining the mechanical systems to tour visitors.
9d Showing their air-source hot water tank.
9e The garage in the back. The home was not quite finished on tour day but the homeowners have already moved in.

Site 10 Belgravia NZE Home

10a This family developed a 4-plex on the site of their previous family home. The home is intended for multi-generation living and features an elevator on the west two units.
10b The buider (right) explains details of the home to a visitor.
10c The west unit was open on tour day and was very cozy.
10d View from the north. This shows the two east units on the left; basement, and main. Their son lives in the main unit and rents out the basement.
10e View from the back. The grandmother lives on the top floor (with elevator access), the parents are on the main and second floor, and another son is in the basement.

Site 11 Glenora NZE Garage Suite

11a This family developed an NZE garage suite as a rental property behind their existing home.
11b This view of the garage suite from the house. Note the air source heat pump unit on the side which provides all the heating and cooling required.
11c The homeowners were on hand to answer questions. The suite has been rented but the renters had not moved in yet.
11d A lovely detail was the food forest in the front yard. This area is planted with different fruit trees and vegetables. It is watered with rainwater runoff from the roof (note the hose).
11e View from the back. Lovely bright suite with a balcony.

Site 12 Blatchford NZE Townhome

12a The Blatchford townhomes were under construction on tour day.
12b Seeing a home "in sticks" lets people explore how the home is put together. These townhomes use a double-stud wall for high insulation values without thermal bridging.
12c Large, south facing windows with provide passive solar heating in the winter and great views.
12d The homes are connected to the district heating system. This system pumps heat out of the ground and circulates a liquid to the homes. The homes then use a heat pump to extract heat from the liquid and deliver heat to the home. Essentially the home has a ground source heat pump (geothermal) but the drilling was done as part of a district system. This picture shows the district energy pumping station.
12e Another interesting detail on these homes is the expanded polystyrene (EPS) basement system. This system uses EPS and steel studs to support the home without a concrete basement. This uses much less embodied carbon than a concrete basement. You can see the EPS with the embedded steel studs below the wood framing.

Site 13 Cromdale NZE Retrofit Home

13a This home was built in 1936 and these homeowners have retrofit the home all the way to net-zero energy.
13b After swapping their gas furnace for an air-source heat pump they have added enough solar on their garage and shed to get all the way to net-zero (9.2 kW).
13c Here the homeowner (left) explains the air source hot water tank to a tour visitor.
13d Most solar systems have an app the tracks the solar output and history. Here, the homeowners set up a display that showed a presentation on their solar system.
13e The home from the back. The homeowners chose metal roofing because of its long life and because it can be recycled at the end of its lifetime.

Site 14 Highlands Deep Energy NZE Retrofit Home

14a This 1950's home is being updated with custom-fit exterior wall panels. This is the same system used on site 7 Sundance, but for the first time in Canada applied to a single-family home.
14b Suppliers and contractors were on hand to describe the system and explain how it works.
14c Here the homeowner is showing how they have wrapped the old basement with new insulation to form a platform which will support the new insulation panels. Posters were presented to explain how the system works.
14d Here is the back of the home. The basement walls have been insulated and create a platform to support the wall sections on the house. The paint colours on the house are there so the homeowners could choose their siding colour.
14e The City of Edmonton and NAIT have built a trailer to help explain energy efficiency in homes. It was developed during COVID so had not been shown before. We were privledged to be able to see it at the Highlands home for the first time. We will see more of this trailer on future tours!