- December 11, 2017
- by Columbia Forest Products
Students at Ryerson University are doing their part to support a healthier future for the building industry. Their recent collaboration with the Endeavor Centre resulted in the construction of a net-zero energy home, in an attempt to meet “the highest goals in sustainable building.”
A primary goal for the students was to build a structure using materials free of “questionable chemical content.”
Chris Magwood with the Endeavor Centre explained the complexity of planning a build like the Zero House, “A large number of common materials and products cannot be used once we start to examine what they contain.”
The net-zero energy home features solar modules that generate electricity for the building, offsetting its energy usage considerably. Plant-based materials made up a majority of the home’s construction, and a through-wall ventilation system was installed to ensure the highest of indoor air quality.
The home’s interior also features Columbia Forest Purebond® MPX® UV Wood™ prefinished, interior decorative hardwood plywood panels as a key finish throughout, adding durability and natural warmth to Zero House’s modern design.
The Zero House project was presented as part of EDIT, a ten-day festival in Toronto celebrating design, innovation and technology. You can read more about the Zero House project here.