The First Now House
Celfort 200 pink rigid insulation for exterior foundation walls and basement floor.
WALLTITE ECO™ insulation/air barrier system for exterior walls, attic and sloped roof insulation.
Windows with Low-e glass.
James Hardie HardiePlank™
Fibre cement siding.
Vic West Vicelite
Panel steel roof from local Stratford, Ontario plant.
Solar thermal: two apricus evacuated tube solar collectors.
Solar PV: 16 solar photovoltaic panels.
Energy - Powerpipe: Grey water heat recovery.
Latento hot water storage tank. Water Storage.
Appliances for the kitchen and laundry facilities.
- The First Homeowner
- The Design Competition
- Design & Technology
- Small House—Big Results
The Retrofit Process
To achieve our goal of a near zero energy retrofit we made the following changes to this home. As all existing houses have a unique set of conditions and characteristics, the application of the Now House process to another house would produce different design specifications. What follows is not a prescription for the near zero retrofit of all homes.