Thursday, August 30, 2012

Holmes Approved Homes - Cisco and the Boyle Renaissance Master Plan

From Mike's Facebook yesterday:

Stopped by Global Calgary this morning to chat about Holmes Approved Homes.


(The video is broken... it starts around the 2:08 minute marker)

In the video, Mike and MJ talk about Holmes Approved Homes and the in-home monitors and sensors that will make the homes Mike builds high-tech and energy efficient (see Holmes Does It "Beyond Smart" With Cisco for details on the smart meters). He also talks about using PinkWood and BlueWood, building products that won't mold or burn.

Mike's approved builder is Lifestyle Homes Inc. who boasts building homes which are "designed and constructed with building science and life science in mind."

The current Holmes Homes project is the Boyle Renaissance Master Plan in Edmonton, Canada. The groundbreaking ceremony for the planned development was held in March 2012. In a press release, the project is described as " a 90-unit residential project that will provide senior-friendly and barrier-free housing for M├ętis seniors and the disabled. The project is being spearheaded by Mike Holmes’ team, The Holmes Group, and his partners, and will result in an excellent facility that combines the highest quality of design, construction, energy sustainability and innovation."

The sustainability features of the project include:
  • Solar panels on the rooftop generating 7.8 kW of power provides energy to three demonstration suites in order to achieve net-zero electrical use
  • Co-generation system provides hot water for domestic use in suites
  • Rooftop green spaces acting as thermal barriers in the summer, ultimately saving on heat regulating costs
  • Durable exterior cladding systems using cement board and rain screen to prevent moisture build-up and mould
  • Low VOC

Boyle Renaissance Master Plan

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