Edelweiss, Québec, Canada
Demonstration home in Quebec earns LEED® Platinum
The 1,552-square-foot home includes a long list of environmentally friendly products, including a radiant heating system from Uponor. The home cost about $190,000 (U.S.) to build translating into about $122 (U.S.) per square foot. ”You don’t have to blow the bank to have a high performance house,” Mike Reynolds said, co-owner of Ecohome, the designer and builder of the demonstration home.
- 1,552-square-foot demonstration home
- LEED® for Homes Platinum
- Extremely low energy demand and operating costs
- Three interwoven options for heat
- Uponor Radiant Heating System
- Wirsbo hePEX™ piping
1st LEED® Platinum-certified home in Canada
In addition, a 10-zone hydronic radiant floor distribution system was paired with an electric boiler to eliminate cold floors (even with a R-32 worth of mineral wool under the slab). Finally, a ductless air-to-air heat pump should work when solar doesn’t provide enough heat. “The radiant system will guarantee that the slab will never get icy,” Reynolds said. And with the harsh Canadian winters, the radiant heat will be much appreciated by homeowners who will feel ultimate thermal comfort and superior air quality with Uponor’s radiant system.
With a goal to use the home as a teaching tool, the Edelweiss House includes finishes, materials and fixtures with low environmental impact including low-flow plumbing fixtures, mineral wool insulation (including that used under the slab), a vegetative roof and interior paints and floor adhesives with zero volatile organic compounds.
“The biggest message we are after is not to look at the building-code base requirement as a target to achieve and then just resign yourself to spending tons of money every month to pump heat into your house, “Reynolds said. “People think the payback is going to be 25 years, and it’s not. The payback starts when your neighbor turns on the heat and you don’t.”
You don’t have to blow the bank to have a high performance house.
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