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Archetype Sustainable Energy House - Kortright Centre, Vaughan


Get more details about the  Archetype House here


Green Features

  • PhotoVoltaic cells for electrical power generation

  • Wind turbine for electrical power generation

  • Off Grid and Grid Tie System

  • Cogeneration systems for electrical power and hot water generation

  • Solar collector for hot water generation

  • Solar wall for supply of hot air to the zone

  • Ground Source Heat Pumps for space heating/cooling

  • Heat recovery of heat from exhaust air

  • Heat recovery from drain water source

  • Radiant floor

Construction Features

  • R2000, LEED for Homes and Energy Star Certifications

  • R20 basement walls were made with Durisol blocks

  • The roof of the house uses R40 Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs)

  • House-A windows are double-glazed, Argon-filled, low-E (emmissivity) with fiberglass frames. And House-B windows are triple glazed, with the low-E coating on layers 2 and 4 with a third layer of glass in the middle of the window.

  • Advanced construction framing, 2" x 6" on 24" centers was used, which means the amount of wood used in framing needed was greatly reduced.

  • Cork and Bamboo flooring (No cork trees are cut down, only the bark is peeled without destroying the tree)

  • Low volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.) paints and solvents we used on this project.

  • Heatlok Soya Polyurethane 2-pound spray foam, Icycnene spray foam

  • Fire resistant batt-fibre insulation, mineral wool insulation, Blueskin exterior expoxy air barrier

Water Efficiency and Landscape Elements

  • Plumbing was installed by George Brown College and features low flow toilets and shower/tap fixtures, hand free fixtures and many other advanced features. 

  • Bioswales to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. Planting of native plants and species which are drought tolerant (Xerascaping).

  • Permeable pavement which will allow more water absorption into the ground below through paved areas like the drive way. “French drains” were built around both houses to further capture rainwater.

  • Rainwater from the roof is filtered and captured in storage tanks which hold up to 10,000 litres and is used for gardening and toilet flushing.





Architectural Drawings

Building Blocks/0605-A2.1-ground-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A2.2-second-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A2.3-third-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A2.4-roof-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A2.5-plan-dets-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A2.6-plan-dets-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A2.7-plan-dets-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A3.1-ext-elev-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A3.2-ext-elev-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A3.3-ext-elev-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A3.4-ext-elev-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A4.1-full-sect-A-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A4.2-full-sect-B-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A4.3-full-sect-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A4.4-full-sect-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A5.1-wall-sect-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A5.2-wall-sect-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A6.1-wall-dets-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A6.2-wall-dets-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A6.3-wall-dets-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A6.4-wall-dets-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/0605-A6.5-wall-dets-23oct07.pdf


Building Blocks/S1-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S2-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S3-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S4-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S5-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S6-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S7-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S8-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S9-23oct07.pdf

Building Blocks/S10-23oct07.pdf


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