Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

February 10, 2010 16:00 ET

Federal Funding Supports SFU West Coast Style Energy Efficient House

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2010) - Simon Fraser University's (SFU) made-in-B.C. West House will showcase B.C.'s leading edge clean energy, green building and smart home control technologies to the world at LiveCity Yaletown thanks to a Government of Canada investment announced today.

"This innovative project will use the Olympic stage to showcase the clean energy and building technologies created right here in British Columbia," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The 610 square foot demonstration laneway home features a combined living/dining/kitchen area, bathroom, and loft bedroom with small balcony. The attached 226 square foot garage sports an electric car charging outlet. The home produces more energy than it uses and is Vancouver's first completed laneway house.

"Laneway houses have a smaller ecological footprint and greater energy efficiency than regular single-family homes, and are one of the ways we can become the greenest city in the world by 2020," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "By supporting laneway housing in Vancouver, we're helping to increase options for affordable housing and at the same time establishing our city as a centre of excellence for green building design and construction."

Following the Games, the house will be relocated within Vancouver. It will be used as: a living laboratory to conduct applied research with industry; a site to prototype and test new technologies; a practical platform for technology transfer; and a student internship site. Built by Smallworks, the house will showcase the new technologies of MSR Innovations, Day4Energy, Embedded Automation, Schneider Electric, Pulse Energy, Terasen Gas, and Ver-Tek.

"This project exemplifies the great benefits to be derived from collaboration between researchers, government and industry," said Dr. Michael Stevenson, President of SFU. "SFU West House is a showcase for the next generation of homes, incorporating the latest in renewable technologies, and it will have an impact not just in our local community, but around the world."

The Government of Canada is delivering $347,700 through the Western Diversification Program to support SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology in developing this initiative. The City of Vancouver provided $50,000 toward the project. Additional funding and in-kind services were provided by BC Hydro, Grand Network of Centres of Excellence Terasen Gas and Smallworks.

"BC Hydro is pleased to contribute to this initiative to help advance conservation research in this province," said Cam Matheson, acting Executive Vice-President, Customer Care & Conservation, BC Hydro. "This home will help make sustainable living real and provide British Columbians with options on how to conserve."

A stronger West. A stronger Canada.

Contact Information

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Jaime Burke
    Communications Manager, British Columbia
    Simon Fraser University
    Dr. Mario Pinto
    Vice President, Research
    City of Vancouver Corporate Communications
    Toll-Free Number: 1 888 338-WEST (9378)
    TTY: 1 877 303-3388
    Web Site: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca