In brief, Harmony House combined a wide range of technologies, strategies, products and techniques in order to deliver a finished home that is predicted to produce more energy from on-site renewable energy systems than it will consume in a year thus making this project 'Net Zero'. Key features include:
- Renewable - Passive solar heating, grid connected photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar domestic hot water system
- Well Insulated & Air-Tight Building Envelope - High insulated airtight building envelope featuring vacuum insulated panels and triple glazed windows predicted to reduce space heating requirements by 80%
- Heat Pump - High-efficiency air source heat pump provides space and water heating
- Smart Home -Features highly efficient electrical appliances and lighting and the use of smart metering and controls to minimize electrical energy consumption
For those familiar with Natural Resources Canada's EnerGuide for Housing (EGH) rating system which measures a home's energy performance from 0 to 100, the Harmony House rates 101.5 as a result of the energy-efficient technologies, practices, and renewable energy systems. Over the course of the next year, the building's performance against energy generation, energy and water consumption and indoor air quality will be monitored closely to assess against the modeling and to review in the context of an occupied home. For more information, you can visit Harmony House's website.