A net zero home is designed to be so energy efficient that it can produce as much energy through on-site systems as the occupants use. A net zero energy home can also be affordable.
Interested? All of this is possible and we can help you learn more about it.
The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) and Nexbuild Construction are pleased to offer a Net-Zero Home Tour on June 16, 2018.
NexBuild Construction has built a new net zero sustainable 4-plex located near the beautiful River’s Trail on the Kamloops North Shore. Miles Pruden, owner of NexBuild Construction, undertook extensive research gathering the latest information on sustainable design, and incorporated these ideas and some of his own new innovations into the construction of the 4-plex, and the result is truly exciting!
BCSEA members and the public are invited to attend. Registration is limited to the first 50 people who register.
- When: Saturday June 16, 10am to noon
- Where: To be communicated after you register
- Fee: No charge
- Registration: Click here to register
NexBuild’s guiding philosophy is that we can improve our society from the perspective of sustainability, health, and safety, while reducing costs. That translates into savings that the homeowner can use for more leisure time and a higher quality of life.
The spacious units each have three bedrooms, two washrooms and a 500 sq.ft. garage. Some of the design features you will see include:
- The 4-plex is expected to be “net zero.” Its design allows the building to produce as much energy as it uses.
- The home’s concrete building envelope, architectural concrete walls and polished concrete floors all serve as a thermal battery that keeps the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- The drain water heat recovery system recovers approximately 40% of the heat from drain water.
- NexBuild’s innovative solar heat collector, which is built using greenhouse glass, pumps air heated by solar energy into the building when it is needed.
- Each unit has its own 16 panel grid tied 4kW solar array that generates more power than needed for energy efficient appliances or supplementary electric heat.
The construction quality is such that the home should last generations. By addressing the common points of failure of conventionally built homes, maintenance costs will be drastically reduced (for example, with these construction materials the home should never have costly water damage.)
Building homes sustainably can reduce or eliminate environmental costs, which is better for our community. NexBuild’s vision is to make sustainability and quality of life more accessible to everyone.