Urbandale to provide 'base house' for Carleton research

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Local firm Urbandale Construction will provide a "base house" to Carleton University for research into more energy-efficient dwellings.

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Through the Carleton Research and Innovation in Sustainable Energy House, or C-RISE, Carleton students will research ways to reduce heating and cooling costs, mostly through solar energy.

The firm's demonstration home for the project will cost the company around $200,000, Urbandale Construction general manager Matthew Sachs said in a previous OBJ interview.

In early September, Carleton engineering professor Ian Beausoleil-Morrison received $582,242 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to pursue the program. Panasonic Canada will also provide vacuum insulation.

Carleton and Urbandale have already been working together on design ideas through a class of fourth-year students, which gave suggestions this spring that include ground-source heat pumps and orienting the house to best use solar heating.

Urbandale is aiming to make its houses compliant with the 2012 R-2000 energy target, which is a 30-per-cent energy reduction from the current 2005 R-2000 standard that all of the company's houses meet.

R-2000 is a voluntary measure of energy efficiency that encompasses building envelopes, water conservation, indoor air quality and other metrics defined by Natural Resources Canada.

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  • Joel Pleet
    September 12, 2011 - 18:51

    I would like to congratulate Urbandale Realty for leading the way with clearly progressive thinking. These initiatives will ultimately benefit the local community, as well as laying the "foundation" for potential improvements to an entire industry.