The importance of green buildings can’t be ignored, and this seriously cool community of 52 houses is showing what’s possible in micro-communities. The Drake Landing Solar Community in
The system collects 1.5 MW of energy on a sunny summer day, which goes into heating a glycol solution that moves through pipes to a storage area where it heats water. During summer months, the hot water heads underground to transfer its heat to the surrounding ground. The ground is kept highly insulated, and the stored heat is used to provide heat and hot water to the whole community during cold months.
The system covers 90% of the annual heating and hot water needs of the community. Considering the system keeps warm 52 houses that are about 1,550 square feet each, all located in Canada where cool months far outnumber warm months (and by cool, I mean well below freezing temperatures during winter), we have to figure that some seriously smart thinking went into the community. The houses are located close together so that the distance the fluid needs to travel is minimized, and the houses themselves are highly insulated.
The community is made even more awesome by the fact that the homes were built from locally manufactured and recycled materials, and the residents all practice water conservation. If only the builders incorporated this when the McMansion communities started going up about 10 years ago…
written by Matt, July 30, 2008
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