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Edmonton’s First Off-Grid Business

Effect Home Builders has opened the doors to the first off-the-grid business in Edmonton – and it just happens to be their new headquarters! The Holmes Approved Homes building team is an experienced sustainable builder with many net-zero projects in their growing portfolio. When the decision was made to move to new digs, Effect Home Builders pledged to make their new office space their most energy-efficient project to date.

The new headquarters involved a deep energy retrofit of a single family home in a residential neighbourhood. The year-long project saw a complete transformation of the 2-storey, 1,800-square-foot home . The final office space now boasts of many sustainable building technologies and materials, including:

  • 16 solar panels feeding into six battery packs (4.88kW solar electric system)
  • a pair of natural gas-powered micro Combined Heat Power units for higher power loads
  • 2.5″ BASF WALLTITE® insulation on the interior with 4.5” of BASF Neopor® graphite insulation on the exterior for a R-value of R-32 effective wall
  • Triple glazed Innotech fixed and Tilt + Turn Windows

The result of the deep energy retrofit is an impressive reduction of CO2 emissions by 80%!

Effect Home Builders in Edmonton

Effect Home Builders in Edmonton

Net Zero Home Off Grid Edmonton

Effect Home Builders in Edmonton

Effect Home Builders in Edmonton

Effect Home Builders in Edmonton

The grand opening of the new office space was celebrated with the Mayor of Edmonton and television celebrity Mike Holmes. As the new office space the first off-the-grid business space in Edmonton, Effect Home Builders has raised the bar and set a new standing in sustainable construction.

On June 1 & 2, 2019 the project will be part of Edmonton’s popular Eco-Solar Home Tour. Visit http://www.ecosolar.ca for more information.

Media Coverage

Global News: Edmonton’s first off-the-grid business building opens its doors

The Star Edmonton: Edmonton office space cuts the cord and gets off the grid with green tech

CTV News Edmonton: First ‘off-grid’ workplace unveiled in Edmonton


Images courtesy of Effect Home Builders.