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Riverdale NetZero energy house update, and other events...

Just thought to send you a wee note updating you on the Riverdale NetZero energy house.

  1. Lots is happening. We put in 200 cubic metres of cellufibre insulation into the house before Christmas. The drywall is installed, the walls covered up. We are taping the drywall now. NAIT is constructing a model wall for us so that we can show the wall construction details when people come to visit the house. We expect to be turning on the solar power system this week. (We're wanting a nice clear day to commission it.) We're about to be doing the air leakage test rating on the house to see if we got down to our 1/2 air change per hour target -- which would be one of the lowest in Canada. We are about to start plumbing the solar heating system. We are heating the houses at this time with a tiny 1500 watt heater -- this is approx the same size as a toaster, equal to two 2-slice toasters or two hair dryers. We are now developing our monitoring plans.

    We are also now working on three more NZE houses in Alberta. Check out www.greenedmonton.ca and www.triciagreen.ca.

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Riverdale NetZero Energy Home Tour

Description:
Where:Riverdale NetZero House, 10004 87 Street, open to all, free When:Saturday, November 17, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm What: Installed solar heating and solar power systems, high performance windows, partially-insulated walls, insulation details, ultra efficient wall construction, air tightness, and heat recovery water and ventilation.

Riverdale NetZero Energy Home Presentation

Description:
Presentation: Tuesday, October 30 Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm (or so) with questions and answers time Where: U of A, Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC)Room ETL-E 1-017 on the first floor. Cost:Free, no need to register. Who:General public, first come, first seating (come early) Speaker: Gordon Howell, P.Eng., Howell-Mayhew Engineering, Edmonton Sponsors:

Waste at Home - How to reduce your environmental footprint

Description:
Clean Calgary is pleased to present this one hour presentation that examines the problems associated with waste in our municipality, how to reduce that waste as well as water and energy savings ideas for residents. Explore ideas around examining purchasing decisions, recycling in Calgary, how to offset your GHG emissions, composting options, indoor and outdoor water saving techniques and energy use reduction.

Attached Sunspaces Information Session

Location:
Calgary

Description:
Vista Room, Varsity Community Centre, 4303 Varsity Drive NW, Calgary, ABProfessor Tang G. Lee of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary will explain how an attached sunspace can function as a solar collector, reduce heat loss, and increase the livable space of a home. Come and learn more about the heat savings, potential solar gain, and other advantages of attached sunspaces.

Solar Hot Water Information Session - Calgary

Location:
Calgary

Description:
Three speakers will explain how hot water in your home can be supplied at least in part by solar systems: Rick Dunsmore of Goose Creek Renewable Energy, David Kelly of Sedmek Inc., and Brent Steele of Your Energy Company Inc. In most homes solar energy will meet some hot water needs in winter, and most summertime needs. On average, it can provide 50 to 60% of annual domestic hot water needs.

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