Sustainable Home, Hockley
Come see this much admired & award winning off-the-grid home overlooking the Hockley Valley. The owners worked with a design engineer expert in sustainable architecture, Greg Allen, to create this well-known home. This comfortable and peaceful home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, an open concept kitchen/living and dining area with fireplace plus a home office all set on 4.2 acres. The owners worked with engineering experts to ensure they created a comfortable home that was sustainable, not merely a primitive establishment. Every operating system of the home has been carefully thought out. The home is powered by solar panels on the roof plus a quiet wind turbine on the hill top behind the home which feed the house’s batteries. A 3000 watt back-up generator with automatic start is also available (though rarely used) to recharge the batteries. The property has never had a hydro bill! Conduit is in place for an electrical hook-up if an owner wishes to connect to the Provincial power grid.
This bright home was oriented to take advantage of all available light. The south and west exposures of the home with large windows were designed to capture solar heat. These custom krypton-filled windows that are heat mirrored (an interior film effectively makes them triple glazed).The home is earth sheltered which takes advantage of the earth’s temperature below the frost line which is at a constant 10 degrees Celsius. This geothermal heat source ensures the home never goes below 10 degrees C in the winter and the air-circulation system creates a natural air cooling system in the warm summer months!The seven-ton brick masonry heater was custom designed to heat the home & radiates heated long after a fire has gone out. The two-sided heater also provides a very useful bake oven! This design was adapted from systems found in Scandinavia.The kitchen is well appointed with propane oven/cooktop, bake oven and a top-of-the line Sun Frost refrigerator/freezer.