The original North House Website originated from the partnership between the University of Waterloo,
Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University. This website has been resumed from archives in order to continue the exploration of an innovative green housing model that produces more energy than it consumes and makes sustainable living attractive and rewarding. With the combination of passive and active solar design, integrated energy production, customized components and mobile interactive technologies, an attractive high performance home has been built. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_Decathlon It is our hope to set a new standard for solar design in Canada’s northern climate.
Our team is comprised of a unique and unparallelled group of academic, government agency, industry, and professional partners to partake in the advanced research, design, and overall construction of the North House. Through the interactive and integrated design process, every one of our member’s contribution has optimized and refined the elements of the house.
In Canada, anyone who spends time in the outdoors camping, canoeing, or hiking, knows that the best way to prepare for unpredictable weather is to dress in layers. With this in mind, we constructed the North House in layers. The outermost layer combines flexible thin-film photovoltaic technology with passive solar heat management in the dynamic shading textile. The second layer is a high-performance, highly insulated glazing system with an unusually high solar heat gain coefficient to maximize solar gain. Inboard of the glazing system, is an interior shade to moderate privacy and view, without compromising thermal performance. The interior layers, called the Adaptive Living Interface System (ALIS), is conceived of as a ‘thin’ skin of information systems, responsive to touch, capable of subtle display, and able to measure interactions between the occupants and the building systems. This fascinating project has involved countless hours and collaboration. Thank you Team North for allowing us to continue exploring the ideas of eco living through this website. Learn more about BC’s unique culture and history at BlackFoot.ca
Concern for BC’s Climate Change
Its very clear the climate has changed over the last century. Even the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has acknowledge more and more people will die or become ill due to extreme weather events. Its a scary thing to say the least. Evidence now shows climate change in BC will not only affect biological systems but physical systems as well. Annual temperatures have now risen by as much as 1.7 degrees Celsius in different parts of the region. As a matter of fact, there are parts of British Columbia that have been heating up so quickly its twice as much as the global average.
Over the last 100 years 50 percent of the snow pack in British Columbia has been lost. Add that to the fact annual precipitation is up by 20 percent and you can see why this is a serious problem. This basically means the snow is melting at a very rapid pace all while more snow and rain is falling to the ground. This results in flooding all throughout British Columbia.
Climate Change & Residences of BC
But climate change doesn’t just affect the winter months. It can also affect the summer months by causing longer than usual summer droughts. This is because weather patterns are becoming more and more erratic. By 2050 the sea levels on the north coast of British Columbia are expected to rise up to 30cm. On the north Yukon cost it is expected to rise up to 50cm. With so much water making its way above sea level the chances of flooding are greatly increased. This could spell disaster as everything from the freshwater supply, to the fish, to tourism can be affected by these changes. The bad news is this isn’t just happening in British Columbia. It is happening all over the world. And with so many negative effects lets hope we all start to take global warming and climate change a little more seriously. British Columbia has long been known as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
New Housing & Over Population Contributions:
Many people fall in love with the north shore mountains surrounding the blue pacific – in fact many people are so taken by BC, that they move here from all over the world. With the help of our friends at Team-North focusing on creating a an eco friendly home sustained primarily on solar power – it is our hope that as more people are long distance moving to BC, and relocating to Vancouver, we will see a greater interest in sustainable living as a model for environmental change.