Borealis. A modular solar home nestled within
the Boreal Forest of Alberta, Canada. Resource industries found in Western Canada
include forestry, mining and energy. This development has put pressure on existing infrastructure
and local communities, resulting in housing shortages and higher costs. Borealis provides sustainable living and the
comforts of home for remote working populations. These populations include knowledge-based
professionals such asů Engineers, biologists, geophysicists and project managers. Borealis is a prefabricated modular home composed
of three pieces designed to address comfort, privacy and sustainability. The components are designed to be easily transported
to remote locations by truck, while a steel substructure provides a solid foundation for
the well-insulated R-40 walls. There is a core service module with two residential
modules mirrored on either side. Designed to be net zero, this energy efficient
home utilizes a 10 kilowatt photovoltaic array and solar thermal tubes to collect energy,
and provide comfort for its inhabitants. With two living areas, each resident has direct
access to their own living module which includes space for relaxing, socializing or working.
There is a shared central module that can be closed off for privacy with sliding doors.
This shared space contains the kitchen, dining area, bathroom, laundry room, and mechanical
room. A unique feature of the bathroom is the living
wall which naturally detoxifies the air and is sustained by the light brought into the
interior. The mechanical room is accessed from outside
the house. It contains the fully automated control system
that uses multiple zones to maintain temperature throughout the house. This one room collects
and distributes all of the energy required for the home. An innovative feature of this home is the
energy recovery system which stores waste heat to use for dehumidification and heating. High velocity ventilation ensures comfort
while maintaining efficient cooling and heating of the home. The east module shares the same floor plan
as its western counterpart. But here the living area has been reconfigured
to be used as an office to adapt to the needs of the residents. The fully outfitted kitchen contains a cooktop,
oven, dishwasher and refrigerator with plenty of counter space for meal preparation.
With capacity for up to 8 people, the integrated kitchen table can be a place to entertain,
work or meet. The remarkable natural beauty of the northern
lights is captured as it reflects off the strong geometric design; the perfect backdrop
for a beacon of comfort, sustainability and harmony.
This is Borealis, this is home away from home. (END)