It will be a test of time as the home of today is challenged by the home of tomorrow.
The Wilden Living Lab project is now open to the public to visit the two homes built to two different standards and components.
The home of tomorrow exceeds the current building code and uses renewable energy sources. It is 52 per cent more energy efficient than the home of today, which is built next door according to the current building code.
The home of tomorrow is meant to raise the bar in energy efficiency and demonstrate possibilities of minimizing the consumption of water and electricity while staying within an affordable budget.
Although Karin Eger-Blenk of Blenk Developments says the home of tomorrow is more expensive than the home of today.
“You also have huge savings on your energy bills,” she said. “And if you have a solar system on your roof you can even feed energy into the grid. In this house that will be tons of energy because it is very well insulated home and energy efficient home.”
The home of today is equipped and constructed to a standard nature, in order to give a baseline comparison.
This project will span over three years in order to demonstrate how to save energy using the latest technologies.
For the month of February both homes will be open to the public to come explore and ask questions from 1 to 5 p.m. at 263 Upper Canyon Drive N in Kelowna.
In this research and learning project Wilden partners with UBC, Okanagan College, AuthenTech Homes and Fortis BC.