Green Building

Examining the greenest home in Canada: Toronto residence claims title due to energy efficiency

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:57

The increased use of energy efficient products and technologies within homes have led to much higher standards for what constitutes a green residence, and it is within this vein that one home in Toronto, Ontario, has claimed the title of the greenest residence in Canada.
Recognized by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as a model of healthy, energy efficient building, the home uses a significant amount of green technology, as it operates with limited energy expenditure and related emissions, the National Post reported.
According to the news outlet, the Willowdale Passive House on the outskirts of the city is being given this title due to its inclusion of the energy efficient products and the fact that it is quickly approaching the coveted Net Zero energy emissions level.
The Post reported that the residence was constructed using green building practices and materials, and features products like LED lighting, radiant floor heating, breathable walls finished in clay and several innovative ways to maximize on the efficiency of its electricity and natural gas use.
The home also relies on several solar panels to power certain products, as the energy from these fixtures is directed to the radiant heating system.
This combination of radiant heating and solar energy helps any residence maximize on the efficiency of both products, as heat is provided with the smallest amount of energy possible.
Radiant heating relies upon hot water being pumped through paneling and tubing, and this water needs to be heated to a certain temperature in order to provide sufficient heat to a residence. When combined with solar panels, the energy from these efficient fixtures heats the water using only a minimal amount of power.