Progressive Canada continues to lead the world in high performance homes powered by renewable energy. I crossed into Canada at Port Huron Michigan last July, and although the terrain of lower Ontario is similar to my native Michigan, one is immediately struck by a proliferation of wind turbines and large scale PV systems.
My trek across Canada was motivated by Chris and Judy Lee’s home construction project near Walton Ontario (see Figure 1), just a few mile east of Goderich, a beautiful town on the eastern coast of Lake Huron. Innovative engineer, Rob Blakeneny, orchestrated the integration of the Walton home’s many novel features. Bruce Nagy’s Nov/Dec 2018 article in Plumbing & HVAC is an excellent overview of the Lee project.
I stayed the night in a dorm room at St Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont. The dormitory has a large solar PV array (Figure 2) and is a nice walk from the historic Portsmouth harbor district of Kingston. And, as an added perk, dormitory hallways are scented with SpaghettiOs and Ramen. Some improved ventilation would be beneficial.