Maple Ridge project with focus on reducing home energy bills to zero
Maple Ridge- On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the District of Maple Ridge Council Chambers, residents are invited to attend a meeting about zero energy home retrofits and a possible community-scale home retrofit project in Maple Ridge. Attendees can enter a draw to win a free home energy audit sponsored by City Green Solutions.
The meeting will open with a presentation by Lorraine Gauthier, President of The Now House Project, a firm that was a winner in Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Equilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, and the only one of 11 teams across Canada focused on the retrofit of existing houses to net-zero energy.
A panel discussion and Q & A will follow with experts in housing, energy and the environment including:
- Ian Ferguson, Oasis Eco Group (green home builder)
- Monte Paulsen, Certified Energy Advisor
- James Rowley, Maple Ridge Resident
- Staff representatives from the District of Maple Ridge
“I attended Lorraine’s presentation in October at Simon Fraser University,” said James Rowley, Maple Ridge resident. “Not only did she show how they’d taken a 60-year old house and retrofit it to achieve near zero energy, she discussed the retrofit of 95 homes in Windsor that showed how a community-scale initiative could dramatically reduce the cost to an individual homeowner.”
“The generally accepted definition of a zero energy house is a house that produces as much energy as it uses on an annual basis,” said Lorraine Gauthier. “Achieving that requires a deep energy reduction involving building envelope improvements, downsizing heating and cooling systems, whole house ventilation, and the addition of a renewable energy source such as solar, wind or geothermal.”
For more information contact:
James Rowley, homeowner
Maple Ridge, BC