The Kortright Centre for Conservation, nestled in the woods north west of Toronto in Woodbridge, ON is a must see destination for renewable energy and electric vehicle enthusiasts.
Presently the Archetype House is the hub of technological research into energy conservation at what is billed as “The Living City Campus at Kortright” and seven more such research homes are being built very soon to expand studies into the following areas of focus: energy, water and building materials.
The attraction that brought me to the Archetype House for the second time was an barbecue event open to academia, industry folks and electric vehicle enthusiasts. Along with the display from various groups was an electric vehicle demo day put on by Plug n’ Drive and guided tours of the Archetype house by staff and volunteers.
The solar trackers, wind turbines and electric vehicle charging station technologies from leading manufactures on site at this location provide truly fascinating educational opportunities for visitors. No other conservation area in the country has this array of technology being showcased and tested.
Here is a list of some of what you can expect to see at The Living City Campus:
- Building Integrated Photovoltaics
- Double and Triple Low E Argon Filled Windows
- CFL and LED Lighting and Innovative Light Control Systems
- Energy Star Appliances - ENERGY STAR appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models.
- Radiant Floor Heating
- Solar Hot Water Heating
- High Efficiency Wood Burning Stove and Fireplace
- Drain Water Heat Recovery or Waste Water Heat Recovery
- Heat Recovery Ventilator
- Passive Solar Design
- Combined Heat and Power Sterling Engine
- Wall, Roof and Basement Insulation Types
- High Efficiency HEPA Air Filter
- Electric vehicle charging
- Water Efficient Toilets and Faucets
- Rain Water Collection System
- Grey Water Recovery
- Permeable Pavement
- Wetland Wastewater Treatment System
- Advanced framing techniques
- Insulated, waste wood and cement foundation blocks
- FSC certified siding, beams, plywood sheathing, floor joists, cabinetry and trim
- Low VOC Paints and Building Materials
- High Volume Fly Ash Concrete
Not only were the networking and education opportunities fabulous at this year’s event, but the food was superb as well. I will look forward to participating next year for sure.
The Archetype Sustainable House demonstrates viable, sustainable housing. Through education, training, market transformation and partnership programs, it influences how communities are planned, built and lived-in to minimize ecological footprints and improve people’s quality of life.