1. Muskoka, Ontario
As electrical rates continue to rise, this
3200 sq. ft home's value will increase; it's been designed to eventually
go completely off-grid.
All fixtures and appliances have been carefully
chosen to reduce electrical demands.
The garage (presently under construction)
is designed and oriented for a photo-voltaic (PV) collector array and storage.
For more detail on this home's mechanical
systems, click here.
There is also an option being considered to
use this PV system to generate hydrogen for fuel cell electrical production
-- as well as fueling gas fired appliances in the home.
2. Georgian Bay
With increasing concern for the potability
of well water, this 3200 sq. ft home features a roof garden as part
of a complete rain water collection and purification system.
The water collected is stored in a 2000-gallon
cistern, and is then filtered for home use.