VerEco Home WDM Exhibit

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Ronn Lepage
Email address of primary contact person: 
ronn@ronnlepage.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The VerEco Home is a home designed to generate as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. The VerEco Home is targeted for LEED for Homes Platinum demonstrating innovative, smart green design in the areas of site sustainability, water efficiency, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The VerEco Home was built as a demonstration project to educate the people of Saskatchewan that energy efficient, sustainable housing is available at affordable prices. The VerEco Home will be on exhibit at the Saskatoon branch of Saskatchewan’s largest museum, the Western Development Museum until September, 2011.

The home is owned by VerEco Homes Inc. and WSE Technologies and was donated to the WDM for a year. Twenty Five Saskatchewan businesses partnered with VerEco Homes and WDM to sponsor the education program.

There are four educational elements to the VerEco Home WDM Exhibit:

1) General tours – There are four general tours each day led by one of our Green Home Educators. Each tour explains over 50 technologies that have been integrated into the home reduce energy consumption, reduce water usage, minimize construction waste, provide high air quality and improve natural lighting while minimizing site impact.

2) School tours – developed in partnership with the Saskatoon Public Schools, the education program is focused on Grade 7 students. The program is build into their curriculum. Students do advanced preparation, complete a special tour of the VerEco Home and then design an home of their own.

3) Expert Series – every Tuesday evening, green home industry experts present information on specific topics of interest to anyone interested in more detail on building green. The presentations are captured on video and posted on Youtube for anyone to view.

4) Web Sites – our verecohome.com site has all the information about the exhibit. Our vereco.ca site has a ‘Build Green’ section that maintains research information on how to build green.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

2011

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Eco homes, green home design, sustainable building
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The VerEco Home is a home designed to generate as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. The VerEco Home is targeted for LEED for Homes Platinum demonstrating innovative, smart green design in the areas of site sustainability, water efficiency, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The VerEco Home was built as a demonstration project to educate the people of Saskatchewan that energy efficient, sustainable housing is available at affordable prices. The VerEco Home will be on exhibit at the Saskatoon branch of Saskatchewan’s largest museum, the Western Development Museum until September, 2011.

There are four educational elements to the VerEco Home WDM Exhibit:

1) General tours – There are four general tours each day led by one of our Green Home Educators. Each tour explains over 50 technologies that have been integrated into the home reduce energy consumption, reduce water usage, minimize construction waste, provide high air quality and improve natural lighting while minimizing site impact.

2) School tours – developed in partnership with the Saskatoon Public Schools, the education program is focused on Grade 7 students. The program is build into their curriculum. Students do advanced preparation, complete a special tour of the VerEco Home and then design an home of their own.

3) Expert Series – every Tuesday evening, green home industry experts present information on specific topics of interest to anyone interested in more detail on building green. The presentations are captured on video and posted on Youtube for anyone to view.

4) Web Sites – our verecohome.com site has all the information about the exhibit. Our vereco.ca site has a ‘Build Green’ section that maintains research information on how to build green.

Transformative educational dimensions: We have a specific school program in place focused on Grade Seven Students. Any school, university, institute or college group visiting the VerEco Home will receive a 60% discount. We also make the home available to any special interest groups for meetings and gatherings.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Middle years school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

Community Involvement: we have partnered with 25 Saskatchewan businesses to bring the education program to the public. Through our the four elements of our education program, we are engaging the general public, students and professional builders. Most of the information (including the expert series) is available on the internet so is accessible to everyone from all populations.

Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

New Knowledge and Innovations: Nearly all of the individual technologies we used in the design of the VerEco Home are tried and proven technologies that have been available for years. The real innovation in the VerEco Home is how these technologies have been integrated in a cost effective manner to build a truly spectacular home at a very modest cost.

Project sponsors/funders: 

The home is owned by VerEco Homes Inc. and WSE Technologies and was donated to the WDM for a year. Twenty Five Saskatchewan businesses partnered with VerEco Homes and WDM to sponsor the education program.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from 2011 Recognition Event