Net Zero Energy Housing Demonstration Project
A Net Zero Energy house employs enhanced energy efficiency to cost effectively reduce energy demand while exploring renewable technologies such as photovoltaic panels, solar thermal energy and ground and air source heat pumps. The resulting building produces at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been involved in low-energy and Net Zero Energy housing research for more than a decade. NRCan’s goal is to work with industry to foster energy technology innovation that reduces or mitigates potential energy cost volatility for consumers and provides consumers with housing solutions that reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2013, NRCan provided $1.96 million through its ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative toward the Integrating Renewables and Conservation Measures in a Net Zero Energy Low-Rise Residential Subdivision project, a $4-million project led by Owens Corning Canada Inc. to demonstrate the feasibility of Net Zero Energy housing on a small-community scale across Canada. This project has led to the creation of Net Zero Energy Housing demonstrations in Laval, Calgary, Ottawa, Guelph and Halifax.
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