A healthy home is also energy and resource-efficient. AFRESH Home uses low-volume toilets and energy-efficient appliances, lighting and windows. If the floor plan is oriented to take advantage of the sun, the high-efficiency hot water heating system can be supplemented by nature.
The building is located in the northeast part of the BCIT Burnaby Campus, and is part of the School for Construction and the Environment’s Factor Four Initiative and the Smart Micro Grid. The Precinct aims to advance the state of practice in the adaptive restructuring of the built environment to achieve significant reductions in energy and materials consumption without compromising service levels. The Home fits with BCIT’s GHG and Energy Management Vision “to demonstrate the wisest energy and GHG management in B.C.… BCIT will be viewed as the place where industry comes for training…to achieve energy saving and reduce carbon emissions.” BCIT is committed to its Polytechnic mandate, and AFRESH Home provides opportunities for students to learn about all aspects of current and new technologies, thereby helping to ensure the future development and use of sustainable energy technologies in B.C. and Canada.
- BCIT was a finalist for BC Hydro’s 2010 Power Smart Excellence Awards, in the category of Conservation Partner, recognizing the Institute’s achievement with AFRESH Home and the Distributed Power Connections Study, the Intelligent Microgrid, and other projects.
- In 2000, BCIT’s Photovoltaic Energy Applied Research team at the Technology Centre won the Canadian Institute of Energy’s Applied Energy Innovation Award for its work in Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).