Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

This year was the inaugural year of the Home Sweet Home Student Challenge, organized by Ontario Green Spec. We entered a submission created by four engineering students passionate about sustainable design, led by an equally passionate graduate student in urban planning. We are most pleased to announce that our submission placed first in the competition!


ABOUT THE COMPETITION
In previous years, the Home Sweet Home Challenge recognized current homebuilders, developers, and industry members that had built environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes. The Student Challenge serves to build partnerships between already established green builders and the academic community of engineering, architecture, planning, and business students across Ontario. The task is to design a theoretical green home for an imaginary ‘client’ who lives in Kapaskasing, ON, Canada.


The three goals of the challenge are for the house to be:
1) Healthy and Comfortable,
2) Efficient, Effective and Economical, and
3) Ethical: Ecologically and Socially Responsible.


OUR SUBMISSION: The NatuReal Home
Congratulations to team members Adrian, Dayna, Brandon, and Laura for placing first in the student challenge with their submission, the NatuReal Home! They chose and researched all the specifications for the house such as the house’s HVAC system, water conservation capabilities, water heater, insulation, countertops, doors, flooring, etc.


The team focused on presenting a design that fits well into the natural landscape. The team’s vision was a home designed by nature – very beautiful, simplistic and requiring very low energy input. The NatuReal Home is designed to make the occupants feel connected to the landscape and environment surrounding them. It also serves to make each inhabitant feel “at home” with nature.


Click here to learn more about the NatuReal Home or click below to download the poster submission.





HOME SWEET HOME AWARDS PRESENTATION AND GALA