SESA Solar Seminar— Alberta Passive Solar Greenhouses: Lesson Learned

September 25, 2014 - 1:00am

Free presentation and discussion. No registration required. Refreshments at 6:30pm

Speaker: Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture

Rob and Michelle Avis have been living with and researching a solar greenhouse in Alberta for the past five years. Designed to meet the northern climate challenges of efficiently capturing heat and light while limiting heat loss and providing adequate ventilation, humidity, pest control and snow shedding; their experiment has provided some successes and a lot of wisdom. Rob will also discuss the ideal cold climate greenhouse including such design improvements as thermal curtains, an air lock entry, a water wicking system and a subterranean heat storage system.

Rob Avis is owner of Calgary-based Verge Permaculture. A graduate of mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, Rob started a small renewable energy consulting business in 2004. His interest in sustainability, a desire to explore and uncover insights and practical solutions resulted in research trips to Europe, North America, Central America and Australia. He has hands-on experience with numerous concepts including: strawbale buildings, Earthships, passive solar design, wind turbines and solar power & heating. However, he also understands and emphasizes the importance of biological systems: soil, water-harvesting, landscape re-hydration, composting, growing food, greywater and biological waste-water treatment.

Rob now teaches the full permaculture design certificate with courses planned cross Western Canada.



CN Theatre Rm 5-142
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street Building)
Edmonton , AB