Sustainable Energy Systems


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Energy prices are rising. Budgets are shrinking. Technology choices are increasing.  Green building legislation is more prevalent.  More than ever, energy efficiency and uncompromising security are crucial to the creation of high performance buildings and overall business performance.

With sensing and automation, data mining, and energy-efficient dynamic building materials and envelopes, we are pursuing the market demand for buildings that generate more energy than they consume. And where permitted, manufacturers could support building owners to sell this excess energy to the Smart Grid, flipping building energy from a source of cost to a source of revenue. Equally important is the opportunity for Canadian firms on the building energy value chain to provide energy retrofit products in a rapidly growing market. These are just some of the ways.

  • Dynamic Building Envelope exploits and integrates advances in materials science and heat, air and ventilation control with building envelope engineering to support the development and improvement of existing technologies to lower heating and cooling demands and collect renewable energy. Anticipated new and improved technologies include:
    • vacuum and advanced insulation for wall and roofing systems;
    • façade-engineered curtain walls with sensors, high-thermal resistance and dynamic solar load control; and
    • advanced roofing systems with ultra-high thermal resistance and integrated photovoltaic material.
  • Intelligent Building Environmental Control responds to industry seeking more effective and reliable building control technologies for lower consumption of lighting, ventilation and internal loads (such as computers) as well as for improved quality and healthy office environments. Anticipated technologies and solutions include:
    • LED-based indoor lighting controls, including market acceptance tools;
    • wireless-based platform for environmental control systems; and
    • HVAC with small diameter delivery system.
  • Interactive Platforms Connecting Building Energy Systems and the Smart Grid will provide industry with tools that continuously assess, predict, adjust and control the performance of building energy systems automatically. This will assist building owners in realizing operational efficiencies and cost savings. Anticipated technologies include:
    • geographic information-based fault detection of building energy systems;
    • whole building energy management with Smart Grid interface; and
    • building-level electrochemical storage.