Riverdale NetZero Energy House - Grand Opening and CMHC Document

The Riverdale NetZero Project is having its grand opening on Friday, October 3rd, 2008. It will be open to the public from 11-4 on Saturday, October 4th, 2008 (more details here).

This duplex is a revolutionary project, one that has already had an influence on other building projects, and one that should be replicated thousands of times in the coming years. I'm grateful to CMHC for sponsoring it (as one of the winning entries in CMHC's EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative), and more importantly to people like Gordon Howell and Peter Amerongen for putting so many hours of volunteer labour into the project.

The duplex is a marvel of beautiful aesthetics and super-efficiency.  This graph compares each unit to a conventional home:

The conventional way of doing things assumes that climate change isn't happening and energy is limitless. Neither assumption is true, and in fact both have created crises that are rippling through our way of life as we speak. Projects like the Riverdale NetZero Project give us a clear path out of our present mess. They act like beacons, giving the rest of us the tools to start behaving responsibly.

For more information, see the PDF document that CMHC produced on the project that I've attached to this post.

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