EPISODE 82: Building Multi Unit Buildings for the Long Term with the Non Profit Organization Centretown for Citizens (CCOC) and CSV Architects
Casey participates in Smart613's Green Building Tour, taking place at Beaver Barrack's hosted by Graeme Hussey Director of Housing Development at CCOC. Graeme gets into the details of the site, including the installation of the first ever multi unit Geo-Thermal System in Canada at the time. In part two of the tour, Anthony Leaning Principal Architect at CSV Architects introduces us to their first passive house for CCOC.
The Conscious Builder recently completed a Net Zero Fossil Fuel Free custom home in Ottawa, Ontario. Casey discusses the project and interviews some of the professionals involved including designer Lynne Lafontaine who addressed some design flaws on the original plans, lead carpenter Darcy Lott talks about his biggest regret, energy advisor Stephen Magneron takes us through the blower door test, solar installer Mike Gauthier, talks about the costs and the homes current performance and director of Net Zero Housing for the Canadian Home Builders Association, Sonja Winkelmann gets us excited about some future financing options. This is a must listen for anyone considering building a high performance home or a custom home in general, or wants to stay up to date in the industry.
Casey meets up with friend and entrepreneur Matthew Pedersen. They first worked together when Casey built his passive house and they reconnect to discuss the future of home comfort, advancements in research and technology and insights from the automobile industry.
Andy is a Red Seal General Carpenter, with training and experience in restoration, traditional timber framing, drafting and design, stairs, custom housing and high-performance residential construction. He was also lucky enough to teach at the Algonquin College Perth Campus for about 15 years in the Construction Carpentry Advanced Housing Program, both part-time and full time. In 2017, he trained and earned his certification as a Passive House Consultant with the Canadian Passive House Institute.
After years of membership with his local Home Builders’ in Perth, Ontario, Andy worked with
the Canadian Home Builders Association national office as Director of Professional
Development and Manager of Association Services. Always looking for a new challenge, Andy
is now working with Guides.co, an online knowledge sharing platform, as well as helping a
STEM mentorship program from Nova Scotia called Techsploration with a pilot program
expansion into Ontario.
Andy lives in Perth, Ontario with his wife of 24 years and their 2 teenage kids.
"A classroom with a teacher talking in front of students is really cost effective, a classroom where each student has a circular saw and a whole bunch of pieces of wood in front of them, is not"
“I’ve seen the lightbulbs go on with students, especially the students that were struggling and it was such a rewarding experience. I would never look back on my time and consider it a waste, it was one of the best times in my life.”
This was recorded from a live presentation at the Ottawa local Chapter of Professional Engineers on November 21st.
In Casey's presentation he talks about what is a passive house, what he learned from his experience and how that differed from common wisdom.
After the 18 minute mark Casey starts taking questions, we do have a video version of the presentation you can switch to, but we've included the questions below with the time code for the audio version.
see youtube video here:
18:41 What's so important with the overhangs?
23:20 Did you have thermal panels to produce hot water?
23:30 Why didn't you take advantage of solar heating?
24:35 Did you consider building LEED Certified?
25:10 Clarification if Casey was using Air Source Heat Pumps
25:30 What was the COP on the Air Source Heat Pump
25:40 What kind of refridgerant?
27:06 Did you put blinds on the windows to control the temperature?
28:06 Can you comment on the use of spray foam?
29:17 What was the total cost of the project?
Podcast Table of Contents
Bill Eggertson Introduction/background (1:50) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=1m49s
Why some Geothermal systems do not perform as intended? https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=7m53s
How does Geothermal system work? (9:27) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=9m27s
Find out where Canada's second largest Geothermal Install is located? (11:25) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=11m25s
What you should know before considering installing a ground source heat pump? (13:34) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=13m34s
Bill talks about his Net Zero house and Upgrades (15:32) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=15m32s
Sizing your geothermal system: (19:32) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=19m32s
1st Micro-fit installation in eastern Canada (22) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=22m
To contact Bill Eggertson visit this link: http://bill.eggertson.com/ and for more information on Geothermal visit this link: http://www.earthenergy.ca/faq.html
EPISODE 43 Building with Natural Products: Sustainable building with Chris Magwood from the Endeavour Center