Oct. 16, 2015 | Cody Stuart
'Net-positive' home provides more energy than it uses
When talking about giving back, many people think of volunteer work or assisting in the community. For one Calgary household, however, it means something entirely different.
Situated in the southeast community of Ramsay, Cornelis Koster's home is giving back in the form of energy. Billed as Canada's first net-positive home, it uses several forms of green-friendly technology to not only provide its own heat and power, but also creates a slight excess of electricity.
"We have a 5.5-kilowatt system powering the suite, garage and the house plus we have a surplus," said Koster, who also serves as president of Ironcor Solar.
According to Koster, construction on the project took 17 weeks and came in at a cost of $220,000.