Energy Conservation

Open House: Edmonton's Net Zero Energy homes

Mar 14 2009 - 5:00pm to 10:30pm

The interest in net zero energy houses continues to grow. The Riverdale NetZero energy house is open for tours and will soon be occupied by its new owners; the Mill Creek NZE house is now fully insulated; the Belgravia NZE house starts construction in May; the South Windsor Park NZE house is being designed. We are learning so much about the costs and performance of these revolutionary houses and are seeing more and more opportunities for optimisation and cost reduction. Read more about Open House: Edmonton's Net Zero Energy homes


Mill Creek NetZero House
9805 84 Avenue
Edmonton , AB
Riverdale NetZero House
9926 87 Street
Edmonton , AB

Project Porchlight Party

Nov 29 2008 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

One Change Society / Project Porchlight
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Project Porchlight Edmonton is having a party & you are invited!! We are celebrating the distribution of 700,000 bulbs in Alberta! On Saturday, Nov. 29, we are going to spend the afternoon at the TransAlta Arts Barn, 10330 84 Ave, with our friends Captain Tractor. Admission is free & all ages are welcome. Read more about Project Porchlight Party


TransAlta Arts Barn
10330 84 Ave
Edmonton , AB

Riverdale NetZero Energy House Tours

Edmonton’s first two net zero energy homes

Self-Guided Open Houses

Most Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm

9926 87 Street in the Riverdale neighbourhood (from Jasper Avenue, go south on 95 Street and follow the road next to the river valley for 1 km)

What is it 

  • two beautiful new houses that generate all their own heat and electricity for space heating, hot water, lighting and appliances over the year
  • one of 12 homes in CMHC’s world-class EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Initiative,
  • EQuilibrium houses are helping Canada’s home building industry meet peoples’ concerns with environmental damage, energy security and utility costs.
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Powerful Solutions: Building a Sustainable Electrical Supply in Alberta

Oct 22 2008 - 1:00am

By Jeff Bell, Pembina Institute 

Alberta's electrical demand is projected to double over the next 20 years. Alberta has the most polluting electricity in Canada. Yet Alberta is rich in renewable resources!

What are our options? How can they be realistically be implemented? Come get a sneak preview of Pembina's soon to be released, groundbreaking report: 

Powerful Solutions

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Co­generation
  • Biogas 

Free presentation and discussion. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm. Read more about Powerful Solutions: Building a Sustainable Electrical Supply in Alberta


TELUS World of Science - Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
11211 142 Street
Edmonton , AB

Open House Tour: Riverdale NetZero Energy House

Oct 4 2008 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

We are pleased to announce that the Riverdale NetZero energy home is now finished construction and open for viewing! We will be having a public open house tour on Saturday, October 4 to celebrate it. If you've missed the tours before, now is the time to see it as finished. Read more about Open House Tour: Riverdale NetZero Energy House


Riverdale NetZero House
9926 87 Street NW
Edmonton , AB

Edmonton's 9th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour

Jun 7 2008 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Eco-Solar Home Tour

Concerned about the recent announcement of the natural gas price going up by 70%? Now is the time to get ready for it by becoming energy efficient before everyone else joins the rush.

We have a great line up of sites this year, showing solar power, solar water heating, geothermal heating, energy efficiency, and what you can easily do to make your home heating, electricity and water bills plummet, along with your contribution to our province's air pollution.

There are 7 sites on the tour this year — we could have easily had 30! 4 sites are new.

The tour is free and is open to the public. All of the sites are visited as an open house. We will have an Edmonton Transit bus to tour to three of the sites. See our web site at for all the details. Read more about Edmonton's 9th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour


Various locations Edmonton , AB

Riverdale NetZero energy house update, and other events...

Just thought to send you a wee note updating you on the Riverdale NetZero energy house.

  1. Lots is happening. We put in 200 cubic metres of cellufibre insulation into the house before Christmas. The drywall is installed, the walls covered up. We are taping the drywall now. NAIT is constructing a model wall for us so that we can show the wall construction details when people come to visit the house. We expect to be turning on the solar power system this week. (We're wanting a nice clear day to commission it.) We're about to be doing the air leakage test rating on the house to see if we got down to our 1/2 air change per hour target -- which would be one of the lowest in Canada. We are about to start plumbing the solar heating system. We are heating the houses at this time with a tiny 1500 watt heater -- this is approx the same size as a toaster, equal to two 2-slice toasters or two hair dryers. We are now developing our monitoring plans.

    We are also now working on three more NZE houses in Alberta. Check out and

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Riverdale NetZero Energy Home Tour

Where:Riverdale NetZero House, 10004 87 Street, open to all, free When:Saturday, November 17, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm What: Installed solar heating and solar power systems, high performance windows, partially-insulated walls, insulation details, ultra efficient wall construction, air tightness, and heat recovery water and ventilation.

Riverdale NetZero Energy Home Presentation

Presentation: Tuesday, October 30 Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm (or so) with questions and answers time Where: U of A, Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC)Room ETL-E 1-017 on the first floor. Cost:Free, no need to register. Who:General public, first come, first seating (come early) Speaker: Gordon Howell, P.Eng., Howell-Mayhew Engineering, Edmonton Sponsors:


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