Event List: May 25 - June 7, 2009

May. 25, 2009

Edmonton's 10th annual Eco-Solar Home Tour

When June 6, 2009
Where Edmonton, AB
Web http://www.ecosolar.ca

We have a great line up of sites this year, showing solar power, solar water heating, geothermal heating, energy efficiency, and what you can easily do about reducing your home heating, electricity and water bills, along with your contribution to our province's air pollution.

There are 6 sites on the tour this year — we could have easily had 30! 3 sites are new.

The tour is free and is open to the public. All of the sites are visited as an open house. See our web site at http://www.ecosolar.ca for all the details.

You are welcome to let your friends and colleagues know about this so that they can keep this date and time available.

Tour Sponsors

Tour Site Summary (See http://www.ecosolar.ca for details)

  1. Riverdale NetZero Energy House
    • 9926-87 Street www.riverdalenetzero.ca
    • Site hosts: members of the home's design and construction team
    • The house generates all its own heat and electricity on an annual basis. No natural gas line. Electricity bill expected to be $0 to $200 per year.
    • EnerGuide Rating: 100.4
    • Last time to see the house before the homeowners move in.
    • Learn:
      • How cost-effective quick-payback ultra-efficient walls and ceilings are built.
      • How solar power and solar heating supplies all the heat and electricity in the house.
      • How sustainable materials and finishes give durability and high-quality indoor air.
      • Learn about net zero energy design, water efficiency, drain water heat recovery, ventilation with heat recovery.
      • What was learned over the first winter's heating season.
  2. Riverdale Elementary School -– Touch and Learn Eco-Fair
    • 8901-101 Avenue
    • Site hosts: staff and friends of Riverdale Elementary School
    • Bring your kids; have lots of fun. See the Solar Energy Society demonstration trailer with operational solar power and solar heating systems for up-close viewing and asking questions.
    • Enjoy a BBQ (by donation to support the school).
    • Ride or bring your bicycle to the bicycle repair station.
    • Learn:
      • Ride a bicycle generator and generate the electricity to make your own smoothie!
      • Make cookies with the solar ovens.
      • City of Edmonton Recreation Co-ordinators will run kid's games.
      • See rain barrels so you can become more "water secure".
      • How to plant native plants. Buy native plants for your yard.
      • Find out how this school is caring for the environment, caring for its community, and caring for your kids.
  3. Mill Creek NetZero Energy House
    • 9805 84 Avenue www.greenedmonton.ca/MillCreekNetZeroHome
    • Site hosts: homeowner plus members of the project team
    • This is the second generation net zero energy house. It produces all its own heat and electricity on an annual basis. No natural gas line. Electricity bill expected to be $0 to $200 per year.
    • EnerGuide Rating: 100.4
    • Last time to see the house before the homeowners move in.
    • Learn:
      • See ultra-insulated walls.
      • See large-window passive solar heating and how to control overheating in the summer.
      • See active solar heating that supplies 90% of domestic water heating.
      • See a remarkable moveable solar power awning that supplies all the house electricity, the rest of the house heating (!!) and even supplies its extra to the grid.
      • See how a tiny wood stove and scrap construction wood provides 10 years of heating security.
      • See sustainable house materials and finishes.
      • See how to get high quality indoor air, recover heat from drain water, recover heat from waste air.
  4. Mills Geothermal House Retrofit
    • 10821-79 Avenue, web site: http://www.thz.ca
    • Site hosts: Andrew and Karen Mills, Bull-Frog Power and colleagues
    • Geothermal heat in a 1949 house. No natural gas bills. See web site for photos and description of heat pump and house renovations.
    • EnerGuide Rating: TBC
    • Learn:
      • How a heat pump works, costs, savings, what the owner learned in doing it.
      • Talk with the homeowner about getting heat from the ground.
      • Learn how to buy wind generated power from "Bullfrog Power" representatives.
  5. Energy-Efficient Show Home
    • 10007-148 Street www.effecthomes.ca
    • Site hosts: Les Wold and members of the project team
    • Brand new R-2000-certified, energy efficient sound-proof heat-comfortable show home with solar domestic water heating, full integrated concrete forms (ICF) walls and radiant floor heating.
    • EnerGuide Rating: 86
    • Learn:
      • How to integrate energy efficiency and solar domestic hot water into a new home’s plans.
      • How ICF works.
      • How radiant floor heating works.
      • How to get the Alberta government's $10,000 cheque for an EnerGuide 86 house (or greater)!
  6. House Energy Efficiency Retrofit
    • 3609-117 Avenue
    • Site hosts: Rose and John Elliot and a house auditor
    • Great example of an energy efficient renovation on a 1957 home. Added new high-efficiency furnace, insulated attic to R50, interior insulation to exterior walls, upgraded basement insulation, triple pane windows, high efficiency furnace, programmable thermostat, sealed outside penetrations, ventilation air heat exchanger, tile and cork flooring, compost bins, rain barrels, sheet mulching and a large garden.
    • EnerGuide Rating: 79
    • Learn:
      • How did they do this?
      • What does a house energy audit give you?
      • How to reduce your energy bills?
      • What are the best things to do first?
      • How to make a plan?
      • Find out where the energy trouble spots are in a house.
      • How to get a government cheque to help with the costs!

You are welcome to pass this announcement around to your colleagues, friends, and networks, and to post it on your bulletin boards and web sites as a way to increase the energy-efficient and emissions-free promotion of the Tour.

There is a lot of info on the internet and a growing number of companies in Alberta who are able to supply us with the services that we need to reduce our utility bills and the affect we are having on the environment. Our informal Eco-Solar Contacts and Services list with lots of contacts and web sites on it is at http://www.ecosolar.ca/Pages/Eco-Solar_Contacts_and_Services.pdf.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at hometourinfo [at] ecosolar.ca.

Thank you,

Gordon Howell, P.Eng.
Member of the Eco-Solar Home Tour organising committee
Engineering office: 484 0476


International Student Energy Summit (ISES)

When June 11-13, 2009
Where Calgary, AB
Web http://www.studentenergy.org

ISES is a conference that will attract students interested in energy from around the world to Calgary, Canada from June 11-13, 2009. The summit will focus on sustainable energy development and the role students will play in addressing current issues and emerging trends in the energy sector. Hundreds of students from over 40 countries have already registered for the summit. ISES is a great opportunity to meet future energy leaders like you in the energy capital of Canada. More information can be found at http://www.studentenergy.org.

The ISES program explores today's energy issues and features over 45 global experts such as:

  • Mr. Vicente Fox: Former President of Mexico
  • Dr. Jeremy Rifkin: President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, and author of 17 bestselling books.
  • Mr. Alex Steffin: Executive Editor of Worldchanging.com, and author of the bestselling series Worldchanging
  • Ms. Catherine MacGregor: Vice President of Personnel, Schlumberger Ltd
  • Dr. Maria McCaffery: Chief Executive of the British Wind Energy Association
  • Mr. Peter Tertzakian: Chief Energy Economist of Arc Financial and bestselling author

As a special promotion, ISES is offering a 50% discount off the regular delegate fee of $695CDN. Please enter the promo code SPISES88 upon registration. Delegate fee includes:

  • Access to all plenary and break out sessions hosted by world energy experts
  • Accommodations for 3 nights in SAIT conference housing
  • All meals for the duration of the event
  • Access to corporate networking and social events
  • Ticket to the Global Gas and Oil Exposition occurring on June 10th (www.petroleumshow.com/goexpo)
  • Free public transportation pass for the duration of the conference

I encourage you to visit http://www.studentenergy.org for additional information about the program and conference. You can also follow us on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, or connect with other students on our blog. Join hundreds of passionate students from around the world to lead the global transition towards a sustainable energy future. Please invite members of your organization and other like-minded students to attend ISES by forwarding this email.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at ISES in June.

Joeti Lall
jlall [at] studentenergy.ca

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