Call it a big green monster if you want. At 3,000 square feet it’s not a small house, and it certainly wasn’t cheap to construct. But the “Green Dream Home” located the Sun Rivers development in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada still treads lightly upon the earth, due to its net zero design. Which means it certainly will be cheaper to operate.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the Green Dream Home is the product of a collaboration among several organizations, including the Canadian Home Builders Association, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) and Thompson Rivers University. It makes use of a rooftop array of solar photovoltaic panels that generate enough power to warrant the installation of a dual-purpose electricity meter. (This meter tracks the amount of energy consumed and, when faced with a surplus, sells it back to the grid.) Triple glazed low-e windows, insulated concrete forms, as well as geothermal heating, motion light sensors, a heat recovery ventilator and high efficient Energy Star appliances help to round out the green profile.
This two-story home at 1858 Ironwood Terrace was designed in the English Country Architectural style to fit in with the surrounding neighborhood (although we doubt many of its neighbors boast this number of solar panels). If features an open two-story entrance, a “spacious entertaining kitchen area,” expansive great room and an executive den. The upper floor master suite comes complete with a covered deck and a cat walk leading to an office loft; the fully finished basement can be either included as the living area of the home or rented out for added income.
This home is one of 15 CMHC-supported ‘Equilibrium’ green home projects that are either complete or underway across Canada. If you’d like to see yourself in this house, consider buying a ticket in the Y Dream Home Lottery, which benefits the YMCA. This beautiful, ultra-green home could be yours!