2019 Energy Crawl

Rossland Energy Crawl

A self-guided tour of residential & vehicle energy conservation technologies

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 12 - 2 pm

How does the Crawl work?

Just read the descriptions of each home below, decide what homes interest you and then swing by any of the Energy Crawl locations at 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm or 1:30pm. See the energy conservation, renovation or alternate energy technology at work and learn about the pros & cons directly from the homeowners.

1.  BC Energy Step Code (Step 4 Achieved) - Steven Doyle - 2138 7th Ave (directly above Jubilee wetland)
The house at 2138 7th Ave (directly above Jubilee wetland), owned by Dawn Woronuk and Steven
Doyle, utilizes high amounts of insulation, as well as triple paned windows and heat pump technology to
achieve step 4 of the newly implemented BC Energy Step Code for new home construction. The house
was owner built by Steven, who is a carpenter and a local Energy Advisor. Steven will talk about the
features of his home, and the implications of the BC Energy Step Code, which will be mandatory to
adhere to in Rossland starting December 15th, 2019.

2. Rossland Energy Crawl Headquarters - Rossland Public Library -  2180 Columbia Ave
Come meet a representative of the Rossland Sustainability Commission and the RDKB Energy
Manger. There will be information on the new Step Code being implemented in Rossland as well as
information on the Fortis Rebate Program.

3. Hot Water Heated by an Air Source Heat Pump - Aaron Cosbey - 922 Earl St
The house owned by Aaron Cosbey has its domestic hot water heated by an air-source heat pump
located just outside the house close to the utility room. This is a much more energy efficient way to
heat water than either gas or resistor-electricity. Air-source heat pumps are most efficient when outside
air temperature is warmer, but still save money until it gets below -10C (just my estimation).

4. Electric vehicles and Geothermal - Kathy Moore & Dave Cornelious- 910 Earl St
A timber frame house built in 2000 sits at 910 Earl Street. It features triple glazed argon filled windows,
an insulated roof system with ambient air under the shingles and a gas boiler that feeds the indirect
DHW tank, a 7-zone injection hydronic in-floor heating and a garage heater loop at boiler temperatures.
In the fall of 2008, the house was installed with a geothermal retrofit that has 4 250’ vertical bores and a
reversible heat pump. Dave is the proud owner of a Tesla Model S and a Mitsubishi PHEV and will be
featuring these as well.

5. Canada Passive House - Shani Tan- 1006 Silvertip Road
Construction of the Tan house started in Spring 2015 and they moved in January 2016. The architect
was Brett Sichello of (then Brett Sichello Design) Nido Design, Kelowna. They had discussed their
ideas with him after searching the Kootenays for certified Passive House Architects.
The Tan house was built off site, by Collective Carpentry, Invermere, whilst foundation work was
carried out. The house panels were trucked over and the house was assembled over a week (June
29th – July 3rd), including the roof. A critical airtightness test was done, and the shell achieved an
astounding ACH of 0.19, way exceeding Canada Passive House requirements of 0.6. If this all sounds
like gobbledygook, come and we’ll enlighten you.
During the visit, we will have a short slide presentation to answer questions like
a. what is a passive house?
b. our energy requirements and how we meet them
c. why build a passive house
d. challenges of building a passive house

Download the Energy Crawl Map Here


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