Energy Efficient House Building

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ECOCALEDON DRAWDOWN PROJECT PROFILE

Project Description: Energy Efficient House Models 

Energy Efficient House Building at Humberview Secondary School Reduces our Energy Footprint (Walk The Talk)

Over the last few years David Grant’s Grade 10 Construction Technology classes have been “Walking the talk” by incorporating Environmentally Sustainable Energy Building into their House Model project. Students have included smart construction design with environmental technology features and landscaping/natural features to maximize the quality and energy efficiency of their house designs. They have learned how to reduce the use of energy and water in house designs while reducing the impact on the environment.

For the last three years, ecoCaledon (Caledon’s environmental committee) has sponsored three prizes as part of their “Walk the Talk” program. “Walk the Talk” encourages Caledon citizens to reduce their energy footprint.

Community Groups: Humberview Secondary and ecoCaledon

Humberview Secondary School (Grade 10 Construction Technology Class) delivered the House building project. ecocaledon provided support through its’ “Walk the Talk” program. The “Walk the Talk” program is a program to encourage reducing the footprint of your life including your

home. It was started with Town of Caledon Green fund grant and delivered by ecoCaledon volunteers. Other parts of Walk the Talk include workshops to adults and students in Caledon

Humberview Energy Efficient House Project Details:

Humberview students have embraced the challenge by adding features such as solar panels, overhanging roofs over windows on the south, coniferous trees on the north and deciduous trees on the south, and water heating features such as the hose on the roof below.

Laura Chan, is among the top students from 2018 along with Adam Venuto and Nathan Mullan. Laura’s house is above. It features energy efficiency including a wind generator, floor heating, water collection and more.

2016/2017 winners included Cassandra Berno, Danielle Berno and Justin Brassard.

Here are some of the best environmentally friendly houses from the first year (2015) of awards including Alexander Farkas seen with his house.

As part of the project Humberview students designed their houses (models), developed scale drawings and selected building materials and environmental features. The project has sparked real excitement in David Grant’s Humberview construction technology classes based on designs that can make a difference both environmentally and economically. One of the students, Alexander Farkas describes his model, “On my own model, I have included many features to keep the building sustainable. It has been designed to decrease water and electrical use and to run on its natural surroundings.” The energy systems include solar energy, a geothermal heating and cooling system and a grey water system.

Alex has tried to think about all aspects of the construction to reduce the environmental and financial cost on the house owner and ultimately reduce the energy footprint. “The solar energy system powers the electrical needs including all outlets and the water heater while the geothermal system powers the heating and cooling. The design takes advantage of natural sun by having the majority of windows face south to gain sun in the winter while an overhang reduces exposure to the sun in summer. “.

Alex utilizes a grey water system for heating and cooling floors and foundations then to use in the geothermal system and later for the toilets. Rainwater is captured from the roof and used as fresh water (with a filter system) saving transportation costs and saving an important resource!!

The purpose of this activity:

The project is to teach Construction design that incorporates energy effieicicy and sustainability in house building.

Overall Benefits: This activity is a great way to draw attention to reducing your energy footprint. It encourages students and their families to Walk the Talk and to reduce the footprint thus help towards drawdown: reversing global warming together!

Drawdown Solution Tie In:

#55 Recycling
#46 Water Saving Home
#44 LED Lighting
#42 Heatpumps
#31 Insulation
#2 Wind Turbines

For descriptions of each solution go to: http://www.drawdown.org/solutions

How to Get Involved with the Community Group

Take a look at your own life and look for ways to reduce your energy footprint –Drawdown solutions…

Contact and Location information:

If you would like more information on this project or Walk the Talk, contact David Grant at Humberview Secondary or John MacRae and or Lu Lucrezia Chiappetta at ecoCaledon.

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ecoCaledon Drawdown

ecoCaledon Drawdown helps individuals and community members in Caledon be a part of Project Drawdown. Project Drawdown provides us with a road map of how we can reverse global warming together! 

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