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
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently released its proposed changes to the performance criteria of the US Energy Star windows program.
One of the proposed changes is to set the maximum U-Factor of the Northern climate zone to 0.25-0.27. While an estimated 47% of window products currently do not meet this proposed target, most Innotech products* meet these requirements with dual pane glass and all Innotech products exceed these requirements with triple pane glass.
*To achieve 0.27 with e366, the panes must be 5mm/5mm. This qualifies all InnoNova products except the Tilt + Glide door, which remains at 0.28. This data applies to InnoNova products only.
+ To read about the other proposed changes, click here.
+ Learn more about Innotech windows and doors performance.
Our clients have one thing in common: they demand the very best for their projects. Dan Sawatzky at Imagination Corporation, a self-described storyteller extraordinaire and proud grampa, is no exception.
Dan is currently building his dream home in Chilliwack, British Columbia and documenting every step on his blog. And for the record, this isn't your ordinary home building project. It encompasses more than high-performance products and technologies, it's the story of creative heart with an exceptional vision to build a home like no other.
+ Learn why he selected Innotech products here.
We would like to thank Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Planning for inviting us to their new highly energy efficient 39,000 sq.ft. office and studio in Bremerton, Washington.
The team at Rice Fergus Miller hosted a casual gathering for industry suppliers. It was a great opportunity to meet many of the architects and other team members at the firm, as well as other leading product suppliers in the commercial sector. Congratulations on your new office building!
On Thursday, January 19th the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing, is hosting a half-day workshop on window installation.
"The workshop will focus on building enclosure and window installation requirements for thermal performance in new and retrofit buildings. Industry leaders will provide insights into key issues including:
- window to wall interface
- insulation strategies
- thermal and condensation performance of windows
- effectiveness in managing rainwater
- and building code, installation and energy efficiency standards."
Innotech's Director of Technology, Al Jaugelis, is part of the industry panel that will conclude the workshop with a discussion and closing remarks.
The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) recently released a Builder Insight bulletin prepared by RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
Builder Insight 9, entitled Fenestration Energy Performance: A Roadmap for Understanding Requirements for Residential Buildings in British Columbia, clarifies the energy performance requirements for windows, glazed doors and skylights used in residential buildings. It also provides a roadmap for compliance.
To read the bulletin, download the PDF (849 KB).
One unit remains in this beautiful lake front condo in the Okanagan!
Recently featured in Okanagan Home Magazine, 402 Lakeshore Drive is a luxurious four-unit condominium located on the shores of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, BC. The two-storey building features a total of 7,268 square feet with two units on each storey ranging in size from 1,391 to 2,100 square feet. All four units feature high-quality construction, open concept floor plans and high-end finishing.
Located across from public beaches, sound control and security were a priority. “It was important that we didn’t compromise comfort for aesthetics,” says Tony Giroux at Wesplan Building Design. “We wanted large openings to take advantage of the views and maximize natural light, but we also wanted our homeowners to be comfortable and safe.”