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North York Passive Solar Eco-Home

This replacement home in North York was designed to bridge the gap between its traditional neighbours, and the contemporary preferences of the clients. Its roof line is broken to create a contemporary re-thinking of a traditional house shape, and to facilitate passive ventilation and natural daylighting into the middle of the home - the form follows the function. A ventilated solarium on the south facade is the sustainable engine of the home. In the winter, it captures solar radiation to warm the house. In the summer, it both shades the home and produces negative air-pressure using stack-effect principles to passively ventilate the home.

Location:
North York, ON
Completion:
2014
Area:
353 m², 3,800ft²
Project Lead:
Craig Race
Energy Use Intensity:
Actual:134 kWh/m²
Reduction in Energy Use from Typical:
52%
microFIT Capacity:
10 kW
Energy Generation:
10,144 kWh/yr
Alternative Energy:
Generation Solar
Lighting:
DarkTools
Contractor:
Berkim Construction