Zero House: Case study of a modular zero carbon, zero toxin, zero waste building

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In 2017, the Endeavour Centre set out to make a prototype home that would meet several key criteria. First, the building needed to be completely modular, able to be constructed on site in less than a week and also able to be taken apart and reassembled multiple times. Secondly, the building needed to have a zero carbon footprint, contain zero toxins and produce zero waste.

 

The design for the building, provided by a Ryerson University student/faculty team, is for a stackable row house suitable for urban infill. We built one unit, which can be stacked two-high and up to sixteen across.

This session will take you through the design, construction, assembly and re-assembly of this unique building, and share with you lessons learned and data results from the project.

 

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • American Institute of Architects - AIA (HSW) 
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable

 

Lessons Learned:

1) Understand building modularity

2) Understand full "carbon use intensity" metric, including up-front embodied emissions and operational emissions

3) Understand zero toxin building materials and verification

4) Understand zero waste building and verification

 

Session sponsor: Panasonic - https://na.panasonic.com/us/

 

Instructor: 

Chris Magwood is obsessed with helping reverse climate change by making carbon-storing buildings that are also healthy, beautiful, efficient and inspiring.

 

Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. The school runs a full-time certificate programs – Sustainable Building and Design – and hosts dozens of hands-on workshops annually.

In 2019, he helped to establish Builders for Climate Action, which will be rolling out a set of tools and policy options to help governments, designers and builders reverse climate change with their buildings.

 

Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building, including Essential Sustainable Home Design (2017). He is co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series from New Society Publishers, and recently, he contributed a chapter to the book The New Carbon Architecture.

 

In 1998 he co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, and over eight years helped to design and/or build more than 30 homes and commercial buildings, mostly with straw bales and often with renewable energy systems.

 

Chris has completed an MA at Trent University. His thesis, Opportunities for Carbon Removal and Storage in Building Materials which was published in the fall of 2019.

 

Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally.

 

Need CEUS? 

Access the quiz here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u4i00e0uw8s9ibw/QUIZ%20MODULAR%20ZERO%20TOXIN_V2_No%20Answers.docx?dl=0

 

Looking for the rest of the series?

Part 1: https://youtu.be/ZT36zPJpLas

Part 2: https://youtu.be/SAXzv1XXSi4

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