Open House Follow-Up

Last Friday's open house at Solterre Design's Concept House was a great success. Visitors and groups passed through the off-gridhome through-out the day. Solterre staff were on hand to answer questions and point out the many green features. 


Willem Paynter tackled explaining the mechanical room set-up to guests. 

Willem Paynter tackled explaining the mechanical room set-up to guests. 

David Gallaugher addressed onlookers amongst the planting beds and field. 

David Gallaugher addressed onlookers amongst the planting beds and field. 

A great day for a tour! 

A great day for a tour! 

Solar Powered Saws and More!

Construction of an off-grid residence on the south shore of Nova Scotia is well underway. The project has since turned off its generator and is now using a photovoltaic solar array to provide all of the power required for the remainder of the construction. 

Fundy Solar designed and installed this 0.7 kW array, which has a 4 kW inverter and a 4.4 kWh battery storage, all of which supplies a steady 24 volts. As construction progresses, we'll provide additional updates on both the project PV system powering the operation. 

A solar-powered construction site. 

A solar-powered construction site. 

Concept House Awarded Lieutenant Governor's Award

Just a week after receiving LEED for Homes Platinum certification from the CaGBC, the Solterre Concept House was awarded a Lieutenant Governor's Award of Merit for architectural design from the Nova Scotia Association of Architects.  

Congratulations to a great design and construction team who were willing to push design and green construction boundaries and go the extra mile. This project is off-grid,  LEED Platinum and built to the German Passive House standard making it a real gem for environmentally focused building in Canada.

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Platinum is forever: Solterre Concept House Achieves Highest LEED Rating

"On behalf of the Canada Green Building Council, we want to congratulate you on achieving LEED Canada certification. Your project's final LEED Canada rating corresponds to the Platinum certification level in the LEED Canada for Homes Rating System."

Congratulations to the many people who worked so very hard to make this happen! This off-grid, passive house candidate, and now LEED Platinum certified project exemplifies a multitude of construction methods and materials that can be used to construct an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home of exceptional quality and beauty. 

The Concept House will serve as both a showpiece and inspiration for future projects, demonstrating 20 years of green design experience coupled with environmentally-sensitive architecture and building products. 

Great job everyone!

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