If the concept of heating your house with the sun and excess heat from appliances and people interests you, then attend a free public meeting next week about Passive Houses and Solar Energy at Okanagan College.
The meeting is being put on by the Okanagan Chapter of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association and SolarB.C. and it’s Wed., Apr. 24 at 7 p.m., in the Centre for Learning, E103.
Speakers will talk about passive house design and construction and solar hot water.
SolarB.C. is a program of the BCSEA, which is also funding construction of a solar hot water system and solar electricity system on Penticton Indian Band land.
A Passive House is designed to be so efficient that it can be heated by passive solar gain alone, with subsidiary heat generated from its occupants and electrical equipment.
It’s extremely airtight and very well insulated, using 80 per cent less energy than a house built to today’s B.C. building code.
Performance of the house will be monitored for three years by Fortis B.C. That monitoring data will contribute to a better understanding of how well solar hot water and photovoltaic systems perform in the Okanagan.
There will be door prizes awarded at the meeting.