Affordable Net Zero Homes and Home Energy Renovations for a brighter future

Sat June 11, 2022
Business

The BC Sustainable Energy Association Kamloops Chapter (BCSEA) is pleased to announce we have partnered with Miles Pruden, Nexbuild Construction, to host a Net Zero Tour to showcase the sustainable design features, performance data and learnings from the Net Zero 4-plex (built in 2018) and the newly completed Net Zero Day-care (built in 2022), both located on the North Shore.

Mark your calendars

Registration is limited to the first 60 people who register on Event Bright.

Date: Saturday June 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
Location: Provided once you register on Event Bright
Fee: Registration is no charge
Event Brights Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/335839092767

Features such as a well-insulated building envelope, hot water recovery, passive solar, solar panels, and more, combine to make a building so energy efficient that the homeowner does not have to spend money on a gas furnace for heating.

The construction quality is such that the home should last generations. By addressing the common points of failure of conventionally built homes maintenance costs are drastically reduced. Construction materials utilized means that the home will never have costly water damage.

The spacious 4-plex units each have three bedrooms, two washrooms and a 500 sq.ft.
garage. Some of the design features you will learn about include:

  • The design allows the building to produce almost as much energy as it uses.
  • The concrete building envelope, architectural concrete walls and polished concrete floors all serve as a thermal battery that keeps the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • The Drain Water Heat Recovery System recovers approximately 40% of the heat from drain water.
  • The innovative Solar Heat Collector, which is built using greenhouse glass, pumps air heated by solar energy into the building when it is needed.
  • Each unit has its own 16 panel grid tied 4kW solar array that generates most of the power needed for energy efficient appliances or supplementary electric heat.

BCSEA Kamloops Chapter supports the City of Kamloops Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) which outlines 8 strategies or “Big Moves” to help our community lower our GHG emissions as compared to 2007 levels by 30% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050. The Kamloops CCAP recognizes that Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in our community are primarily coming from Transportation (66%), Buildings (29%) and Solid Waste (5%).

According to the Kamloops CCAP, one of the most important actions that we can take as a community to achieve these targets is to ensure all new homes and buildings in the community are net-zero energy ready by 2030 and zero carbon by 2040. Also, each year when more and more homeowners decide to take action and retrofit their homes for greater energy efficiency this helps our community achieve our community GHG targets.

Nexbuild’s guiding philosophy is that we can improve our society from the perspective of sustainability, health, environmental resilience, and safety, while reducing costs with the result that the homeowner has more funds to enjoy more leisure time and a higher quality of life.

BCSEA Kamloops is hosting this Net Zero Tour to help educate and build excitement in the community regarding the potential of Net Zero Homes and home energy renovations to support a more safe, resilient, healthy, and sustainable future.

The BCSEA is a volunteer-based charity that supports the sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of energy in British Columbia. The association collaborates with governments, industry, universities and other institutions, other non-governmental organizations, and citizens to put in place the conditions needed to accelerate the province’s transition to a lower-carbon economy.


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