Building Performance Evaluation of Leading Energy Efficient Homes in Southern Ontario

The focus of this project is on building performance evaluation (BPE) in residential houses in Southern Ontario. Eight green homes will undergo BPE to see how well they are performing. The project will compare current building performance to the designed building performance. This comparison can help to see whether a “performance gap” exists. A performance gap is a difference between the actual building performance and the designed building performance. It will use on-site testing, collection of existing data, and observations from residents of the homes.

Modelling and Assessment of Cloud Based Smart Dual Fuel Switching System (SDFSS) of Residential Hybrid HVAC System for Simultaneous Reduction of Energy Cost and Greenhouse Gas Emission Under Smart Grid

The objective of this research is to develop models to assess potential benefits of cloud-based Smart Dual Fuel Switching System (SDFSS) of the residential hybrid HVAC system of electric air source heat pump (ASHP) and natural gas furnace/boiler (NGFB) for simultaneous reduction of energy cost and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.

Net Zero Energy Strategies and Quick Assessment Tool for multiunit residential buildings (MURBs) in Toronto

Buildings are responsible for a third of the total carbon emissions worldwide. Net zero building is a type of building that produces as much energy as it consumes, and it has a great potential for energy and carbon reductions. This research aims to study how multiunit residential buildings (MURBs) (e.g. condominiums) in Toronto can become net zero, as well as to create a simple tool in order to quickly assess whether becoming net zero is feasible. The partner organizations are among the leaders in pushing the residential development industry to higher energy performance standards.