Analysis and Evaluation of Heathwood Green Home
In order to meet the new 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) standard and further differentiate its leadership in the housing market, Heathwood Home has developed a pilot study to examine the cost-benefit of different energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy technologies that could apply to low-rise residential dwellings. The overall project objectives of the proposed study will be three-folds. First, though building energy simulation and other life-cycle based method, cost-benefits of different potential upgrades will be determined. Second, though the detailed long-term monitoring of energy and water usage, real cost-benefits of the chosen upgrades will be assessed wit hand without the influence of occupants. Third, through building energy simulation, a refined passive solar optimized housing design will be developed for minimization of energy demand for both heating and cooling. The proposed internship is the first of the two expected internships for the overall project. The currently proposed internship will concentrate on the cost-benefits analysis of different upgrades using both simulation and collected non-occupied energy and water consumption data. A suitable monitoring protocol and data acquisition system will be identified as part of proposed internship.