A look inside three of Revelstoke’s new, sustainably built homes

Agathe Bernard from the Sustainable Living Committee reviews four sustainably-built Revelstoke homes that participated in one of their tours. She explores the different methods and philosophies that guided sustainable construction.

Residents tour a local sustainably built home at a Sustainable Living Committee event. Photo: Agathe Bernard

Several weeks ago, the Sustainability Living Committee of the North Columbia Environmental Society presented a tour of three homes that have been designed and built with a greener footprint. See how these locals did it and what they decided to prioritize.

Here is a photo gallery of the homes, and some notes (below) on how sustainable living concepts guided their decision-making during construction.

Click on and image in the gallery for a full-screen view.

Francois Desrosiers and Andrea Ferguson‘s home:

-Solar orientation
-Insulation and windows
-Mechanical system to improve heat recovery, ventilation and heating system.
-Optimum value engineering which mean conscious material and length choice and structural orientation.
-Repurposing used material for finishing

For Laura Stovel, what is important is to show that you can reduce your energy intake and generate your own energy from the sun. Here are a few highlights from her home:

– Solar cooking with two solar ovens.
– Smaller home (916 square foot footprint — excluding porches — with rental suite for denser living).
– Triple glazed windows and Roxul insulation provides more insulation from cold and heat.
– Use of reflective insulation to keep the rooms cool.
– One 250-watt solar panel with one 12 volt deep cycle battery operating lights, radio, fridge and charging all electronics.
John and Heather Pallas’s perspective is highly oriented towards material choice. The carbon footprint of a building is greatly reduced by replacing high-energy materials such as steel, concrete, drywall, and fibreglass with wood. The more wood used in a building, the more negative C02 emissions can be minimized. For them, the solutions included building with solid wood wall and timber frame construction with a unique insulation system:
– Energy /resource efficient — from an operating perspective
– Provides a healthy environment in which to live
– Blends nicely with the environment  — both inside and outside of the home
– Favours sustainability – using local labour and supply
Thanks to these home owners for opening your doors and our minds to a greener living and inspire us to make our home a unique way to express our values and beliefs!