A team of Carleton University students from the Faculty of Engineering and Design hosted an open house today for their innovative “Northern Nomad” tiny house, which demonstrates how an Ottawa-based home can have a net-zero energy footprint and on-site water generation.

The students hope to revolutionize home construction by reducing industry impact on climate change.

“This project is a great example of the interdisciplinary, experiential learning taking place at Carleton,” said President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “We are proud to be leaders in energy conservation research, and we are excited to share this innovative project with the community.”

The open house provided members of the public with a chance to explore the completed house, meet the students involved and learn about innovative green building technologies.

The innovative 220-square-foot house started as a fourth-year capstone class project. The home uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure optimal efficiency and helps to sustain itself by storing solar power and collecting atmospheric water.

The house is equipped with sensors and monitors which researchers will use it to collect data and perform energy research over the next few years.

“The primary purpose of this project was to build an energy and water autonomous house,” says project lead Scott Bucking, professor in Carleton’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. “The open-house is an important event for us as we now transition to the instrumentation phase of the project. There is something for everyone, from the architectural design to the renewable energy systems to the fun of experiencing a tiny house.”

A video summarizing the project can be found here: http://bit.ly/2NoS497

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Saturday, September 8, 2018 in
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