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Category: Sustainable Building

Private Residence in Kaslo, BC


When the design of a new home begins with the need to keep as many of the trees as possible on the property, it's a sure sign the home-to-be will be energy efficient and sustainable. And that's exactly how The Ridge in Kaslo, British Columbia started.


"I was thrilled when I learned that many of the original trees on the property were not going to be cut down," said architectural designer Hajo Meijer from Ecocentric Design. "While many people would opt to remove the trees to have unobstructed views, the homeowners of The Ridge wanted their home to part of its natural landscape."


The result is stunning: looking out the large windows to the lake below, the trees make the house look like it's suspended in the air, floating in the tree tops. Here's the spectacular view from the master bedroom:


Private Residence in Kaslo, BC


The home also features a host of other green technologies and sustainable building materials. From super insulated walls and roofs, concrete floors and triple glazed windows and doors, the home is achieved an EnerGuide rating of 83. 


+ For more details and images of The Ridge in Kaslo, click here


We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Team Alberta for placing 9th at the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. In what was the tightest competition in the Solar Decathlon's history, Team Alberta earned an impressive 913 points out of a total of 1000 possible points. The very close competition was a reflection of all of the quality homes displayed in California.

Team Alberta Solar Decathlon 2013, Borealis 

Team Alberta designed and built a modular, net-zero home named Borealis for this year's Solar Decathlon. The affordable, comfortable and energy efficient home was built in response to the immediate need for housing for the resource industry working in remote areas of Western Canada. + Read more about Borealis here


The winner of the Solar Decathlon is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellent with optimal production and maximum efficiency. The winner of this year's tight competition was Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology. Congrats to Team Austria!


During the ten day competition, Director of Business Development at Innotech George Nickel and Director of Sales from Fentro Technologies Henry Nickel went to California to support Team Alberta and take part in some of the Solar Decathlon's festivities. Here are some of our favourite photos: 


An arial photo from Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California where the 19 competing teams re-constructed their homes for the competition:

2013 Solar Decathlon, Irvine California


The entrance to the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013:

US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 


Below right: Team Alberta's Project Manager Alexandre inviting us into Borealis. Below left: Neal from Team Alberta with George from Innotech. 

US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 2013 Solar Decathlon, Borealis


The back of Team Alberta's t-shirts showing all of the sponsors of Borealis: 

2013 Solar Decathlon, Borealis 


The front and back of Borealis by Team Alberta:

2013 Solar Decathlon, Borealis

2013 Solar Decathlon, Borealis


A view of our high-performance Tilt and Turn Doors with our contemporary pleated shades. We also love the kitchen table made with reclaimed wood beams!

Tilt and Turn Doors with Pleated Shades


Congratulations once again to Team Alberta for all of their hard work and genuine passion for high-performance, energy-efficient design and building. It was a pleasure working with you and cheering you every step of the way! See you in 2015!


+ For more information on Borealis, click here

+ For more information on the Innotech products in Borealis, click here


The Ridge in Kaslo, British Columbia is nearing completion! Built and designed by EcoCentric Design, The Ridge is a sustainable private residence on the shores of Kootenay Lake overlooking the majestic Kootenay Rockies.


The project features triple glazed Innotech windows and exterior doors in charcoal exterior and interior finish. The home has numerous extra large openings to take full advantage of the views. Custom shapes, combinations and creative placement of the windows throughout the home also make this home an architectural gem. 


Here are a few photos of the project taken this year throughout the building process. We'll be taking professional photos next year once the landscaping is complete and the sunny weather returns. Stay tuned!

 Private Residence, Kaslo, BC

Private Residence, Kaslo, BC

Private Residence, Kaslo, BC

Private Residence, Kaslo, BC

Private Residence, Kaslo, BC

Private Residence, Kaslo, BC

Private Residence, Kaslo, BC

Private Residence, Kaslo, BC


For more images, visit EcoCentric Design's blog


Images courtesy of EcoCentric Design. 



Department G, the Canadian Home Builders Association of British Columbia's environmental stewardship division, has announced the finalists for the 2013 department g Awards. The awards recognize sustainable building for single family homes in BC.


Sidney by the Sea 


The Innotech-supplied project 'Sidney by the Sea' is one of the finalists! The stunning West Coast style home was built by award-winning Coastal Construction. The home is a BUILT GREEN® Platinum certified oceanfront home. Designed by the homeowner, one of the home's most striking features is the expansive window and door wall seen above that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Learn more about the project here.


+ For more information about the department g Awards, click here

+ For photos of all the 2013 department g Awards finalists, click here


Team Canada, Solar Decathlon 2011 Entry


For the past three years Innotech has been a proud sponsor of Team Canada's entry into the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, a building competition that challenges teams from around the world to design and build the energy efficient housing of the future.


Team Canada's entry in 2011, the TRTL (Technological Residence Traditional Living), was very well received, cracking the top 10 in the competition and winning a prized Emerald Award in the Education category. After the competition the home was donated back to its birthplace, the University of Calgary, where it will be utilized as a student hub for sustainability research.


On March 21st the stakeholders of the TRTL gathered to rededicate the project as the Spo'pi Solar House. Representatives from the school as well as from the Treaty 7 First Nations people were on hand to validate the transfer from the students to the school. Today, May 2nd, the facility will celebrate its grand opening, and the entire team at Innotech wishes the University and its students the best of luck with their new space, and we can't wait to see what energy efficient innovations they come up with.


Innotech is a proud sponsor of Team Canada's entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon, a semi-annual competition held by the US Department Energy that challenges students from around the world to design, build, and operate solar powered homes. Entrants are judged on energy efficiency, design appeal, and affordability, and while Canada's TRTL concept didn't win the competition, the team placed a very respectable 10th amidst a field of 20. 


But, recently the team was recognized with an award closer to home.




Innotech is a proud sponsor of Team Canada's entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon, a semi-annual competition held by the US Department Energy that challenges students from around the world to design, build, and operate solar powered homes. Entrants are judged on energy efficiency, design appeal, and affordability, and while Canada's TRTL concept didn't win the competition, the Team placed a very respectable 10th amidst a field of 20. 


But recently the Team was recognized with an award closer to home. At the 21st annual Alberta Emerald Foundation Awards, Team Canada received a coveted Emerald in the category of "Education: School or Classroom", awarded to Alberta classrooms, schools or formal educational curricula and programs that have gone beyond normal practices to show leadership and creativity in educating students about environmental matters.


“I am extremely proud of the Team for achieving this prestigious recognition of their work in the Solar Decathlon competition,” says Loraine Fowlow, Faculty Lead for the project. “These students are fantastic ambassadors for the University, showcasing their talents in this highly demanding, international competition. Their success with this project highlights the value that the University of Calgary places on experiential learning and applied research.”


Innotech would like to pass our congratulations onto the entire TRTL team, and we are extremely proud to see this innovative and exciting learning happening in Canada. 


+ To learn more about the TRTL project, please visit their website; please click here


+ Team Canada produced a short video tour of the TRTL home; view the tour 


+ For more information and photos about Innotech and the TRTL project, click here




Innotech Windows + Doors, along with official partners Trocal®Profine Group and Cardinal Glass Industries, is proud to be a Team Canada sponsor for the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition. 


Team Canada's concept house - Technological Residence, Traditional Living (TRTL) - is a net-zero home that features a range of materials that offer resistance to mold, fire and the extreme elements of Southern Alberta, Canada. The materials, including Innotech Tilt + Turn Windows and Terrace Swing Doors, were chosen because they also significantly extend the life of the building. 


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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Patient Housing


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Patient Housing was recently featured in GB&D Magazine. The project's lead architect, Scott Carr, defines the LEED Gold registered project as follows:


"The building is meticulously detailed to withstand the tests of time," says Carr. "Sustainability begins with designing durable buildings that are capable of lasting 75-100 years."


SCCA features a high-performance thermal envelope that meets Architecture 2030 Challenge requirements. Innotech Tilt + Turn Windows are featured throughout the project.


+ Read the GB&D Magazine article here

+ Read the SCCA project profile here


The US Green Building Council has released a new fact sheet addressing energy performance in the LEED rating system. 


"The fact sheet details a crucially important tool in helping to realize a building’s performance in every aspect of sustainability: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. LEED buildings certified through EB:O&M are certified based upon their energy consumption in addition to the measures undertaken in the other credit categories covering water, indoor environmental quality, materials, and location. The amount of certified space under EB:O&M has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, surpassing the rate of certification for New Construction (see the graph in the fact sheet for exactly how much and how fast). We expect this growth to continue as the building industry (and even the President) focuses on improving existing buildings."


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+ Click here to read the fact sheet


The Oceanside Beach House is located only 1,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coast. Designed by architect Jeff Stern in close collaboration with the homeowners, the home is a modern interpretation of a traditional Oregon beach house. 


Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast 

Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast 


"We were looking for cost effective windows and doors that were suitable for the harsh coastal environment," says Jeff. "After seeing the Innotech products at the Z-haus in Portland, we felt the Innotech windows with the tilt and turn operation suited both the design of the house and the owners' lifestyle much better than other types of windows more commonly available. The substantial profile and the ability to do a very large Tilt + Slide Door were also very appealing."


The wedge shaped design of the home was inspired by the triangular site and built to maximize the spectacular panoramic views from all angles. The interior of the home features a gently sloping ceiling and carefully placed openings to maximize the views and track the path of the sun throughout the day.


Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast

Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast


+ Follow the construction progress of the Oceanside Beach House at the IN SITU Architecture blog  


Photos courtesy of IN SITU Architecture.