August 20, 2010

Those energy bills that cost an arm and a leg to pay off are a nuisance, but for the future owners of this Kamloops, BC home, they will be a thing of the past.

The 3,000 square foot “Equilibrium” green dream home, recently built in Kamloops’ Sun Rivers development, is so energy efficient that the estimated net cost of a year’s worth of electricity is zero.

According to the Vancouver Sun:

“A rooftop array of solar photovoltaic panels generate enough power to warrant installation of a dual-purpose electricity meter that tracks the amount of energy consumed as well as surplus power dispatched onto the grid when the home doesn’t need it.”

How awesome is that?

A collaboration among several organizations, including the Canadian Home Builders Association, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Thompson Rivers University, the home was design by a Thompson Rivers student and built using student labour provided by the university’s construction trades program.

The house is the prize in an upcoming Kamloops YMCA/YWCA raffle.

Unfortunately for the rest of Canada, Kamloops has the advantage of being one of the sunniest city’s in the country, receiving an average of 2074 hours of bright sunshine per year. Of course, this makes it the ideal location for a home that is powered entirely by the sun.

This home also cost a handsome sum to construct and is more of a one-off project than a viable model of the green home of the future (though fourteen similar “Equilibrium” homes are currently being constructed across Canada).

It’s still great to see creative, innovative and environmentally designs being tried out across the country. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll eventually see some of these designs integrated into home-building on a wider scale.

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