Ryerson FEAS Students from Architecture and Engineering have collaborated with the Endeavour Centre to build an 1100 square foot unit from a Net-Zero Carbon & Energy condominium for display at the EDITdx Expo for Design Innovation and Technology in Toronto with support from Ryerson University. ECOstudio is a collaborative research cluster at Ryerson University, composed of students and faculty from mechanical engineering, architecture (FEAS), and the Ted Rogers School of Business. ECOstudio’s mission is to address the need for affordable, sustainable, mid-rise urban housing through research, design and prototyping. Students from Ryerson, Seneca, Ted Rogers in collaboration with the Endeavour Centre worked together to design an innovative housing unit that is toxin free, carbon-neutral composed of all natural and recycled materials. The pre-fabricated “Zero House” will be reassembled for EDITdx. The show runs from September 28th to October 8th 2017 at the Unilever 21 Don Roadway Toronto, buy your tickets here!
While there are various freestanding net-zero houses built recently in Canada, there are virtually no local precedents for energy-neutral midrise housing. By integrating innovative peel and stick solar collectors on both their south facing façades and roofs, the lower units of midrise buildings can also be solar powered. In high latitude countries like Canada, vertically oriented solar collectors on facades can collect adequate low altitude solar energy.
In a city that is growing at a rate of 100,000 newcomers a year, commercial development has offered mostly high-rise towers or suburban sprawl. ECOstudio is designing and developing options for the something in-between, midrise stacked townhouses over retail that allows for the affordability and sustainability of pre-fab wood construction. By building on arterials within existing communities, this project reinforces existing social and physical services including schools, jobs, transit, water, sewers and infrastructure for sustainable housing at all scales.
REDUCING ENERGY LOAD
High energy efficiency has been achieved by utilizing a highly-insulated, airtight yet breathable envelope of all natural, sustainably sourced, carbon-sequestering materials, energy efficient appliances, fixtures, and air source heat pumps. The Endeavour Centre has experimented with a variety of ‘natural’ construction materials like strawbale, blown-in cellulose, recycled wood, paper cartons, wool, and like mycelium board derived from mushrooms; to eliminate toxins as well as GHG emissions.
This project is a prototype build exploring a variety of systems, materials and techniques, and will be a tool to create public awareness and assess the market potential of the concepts. A larger, more elaborated version of this unit, the solarBLOCK, will be developed for permanent display and research at the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Innovation Park at the Living Campus at the Kortright Centre, Kleinberg Ontario, where it will be one of seven test ‘homes.’
The architectural design was supervised by Architect and Associate Professor Cheryl Atkinson of Ryerson, Department of Architectural Science. The mechanical and solar system design is supervised by Professional Engineer and Associate Professor Dr. Alan Fung of Ryerson, Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with Kyle Valdock of Seneca College, Engineering Technology department. Business development is supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Philip Walsh of Ryerson, Ted Rogers School of Management. Construction methods, Natural Building science and research and material sourcing is led by Chris Magwood of the Endeavour Centre with design and construction instructors Shane MacInnes and Jen Feigin.
The lead student members of the Ryerson team are:
Jamie Fine, PhD Candidate – Project Management
Matthew Ferguson, MArch Student – Architecture
Danilo Yu, PhD Candidate – Mechanical, Electrical, and Controls Systems
Brandon Wilbur, MASc Student – Mechanical Systems
Joshua Goodfield, MASc Student – Sponsorship
Tamoril-Dembeck Kerekes, MASc Student – Building Science
Cristina Mazza – Corporate Secretary
Endeavour Team Members:
We would also like to thank the following independent Design Consultants
Roland Romcohlthoff, Principal, RAW Architects
Paul Dowsette, Sustainable TO Architects
Julian Battiston, Oben Flats Development
Jack Keays, Principal, Vortex Fire Consulting Inc.
David Moses, Principal, Moses Structures