ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Continual integration of new building science and technology ensures that the buildings are built relative to our climate and ensure longevity in the structure. Dedication to sustainability and energy efficiency empowers us to drastically reduce our carbon footprint as well as reduced heating and cooling costs by up to 90%.
Here are a few examples:
-High performance building membranes that allow controlled vapour and moisture mitigation, -Airtight construction in conjunction with ultra efficient Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) ensure fresh air without energy loss (hot or cold).
-Low embodied carbon building products, from insulation to finishing, all materials must be evaluated and carefully selected for least carbon footprint.
Year round food production achieved by gray water fed through live botanical cells (essentially a self-fed, integrated planter box) provides the inhabitants with many advantages.
-Independence from grocery stores which are reliant on transportation, road conditions and often, crops in different countries all together.
-Quality food, vegetables and fruits grown at your doorstep, integrated into your daily life. Having food in production at the entrance to your house ensures the inhabitant will always be in contact with what is growing, this ensures a constant relationship with the plants.
Wastewater is not only very reusable but it will also inevitably become unacceptable in years to come with the growing number of droughts occuring every year. With better systems in place, ZERO-wastewater is achievable.
Gray water is collected from every drain in the house except for the toilets. The gray water is then filtered through a reception box and proceeds onwards to the botanical cells and provides great nutrient rich water to all the vegetation. Any excess water is then collected and supplies filtered gray water to the toilets and garden hoses.
Water harvested by natural phenomena – There are 2 primary ways that we achieve this’ Spring’s and creek’s are a great option but not always available, in which case rainwater can be collected. Rain water is stored in underground cisterns,it is then fed through a WOM (Water Organizing Module) the WOM then distributed potable water and non-potable water to the desired locations.
Benefits of water harvesting;
-High quality water without and fluoride or chlorine
-Lesser impact to natural aquifers
-Unreliant on city water
Solar, wind and Micro hidro are very effective ways to gain large amounts of electricity for free.
The less grid power we use means less dams and coal mines created.
OFF SITE FABRICATION
This method of construction provides many advantages over typical construction. Some of the advantages include; waste management, labour efficiency, heightened attention to detail, minimized weather delays.
PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN
The principal of passive solar design is to use the natural energy of the sun to help heat and cool the building. By orienting window facades, strategically placing operational windows and thermal mass we can heat and cool a building passively (with no need for mechanical or electrical appliances)