Building for energy efficiency in Quebec, Canada, poses some special challenges, as the long cold season puts high demands on heating fuels. The new Element House 2.0 from Geprotech of Saint-Jerome has found some innovative green ways around that challenge, and expects to take LEED Platinum.
This home is located in the Laurentian region of Saint-Jerome and received two Domus awards last year from the Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitations du Québec (APCHQ – Metropolitain Montreal area), in the “single type dwelling of more than $350 000 and less than $750 000” and “ecological residential construction” categories. Geprotech believes the Element 2.0 also constitutes a genuine laboratory for new green building standards and energy efficiency.
The home features radiant heat, a pulsed air distribution system and a heat recovery ventilator, as well as a high-performance building shell, which results in heating costs just 49% of the average area home.
Other green features include blinds and window automatic openers, low-e windows, LED lights, solar power (coupled with gel batteries for non-toxic reserve power), and a rain water collection system for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing.
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