The efficient design elements incorporated into Jai Zachary’s Revolution unit will soon be demonstrated in the Arctic, under some of the most extreme climate conditions anywhere.
The Revolution replaces traditional heating, cooling and hot water systems with one complete unit which also generates electricity.
The latest development incorporates the technology into a house which can be erected quickly and easily.
The simplicity of the house design is useful in places where additional housing units are needed.
The energy efficiency adds to the appeal, as it helps to cut costs for homeowners and residents.
For those in harsh northern climates, energy costs can be significant, with bills averaging $1,000 a month.
Even in areas such as the Okanagan Valley, where the climate is much less severe, energy saving technology makes sense. The improved efficiency and the resulting cost savings make sense whether one is heating a building in a cold climate or cooling a building during the hottest part of the summer.
While the benefits of the Revolution technology are obvious for the end users, there is also a benefit for the community.
The technology was developed in Summerland and at present, the prototypes have been built here. This results in local jobs producing a product for which there is an obvious need.
If the Revolution units can be constructed locally, it will be an advantage for Summerland’s local economy. The need for job creation has been stated repeatedly, and the production of these units would bring jobs to the community.
As energy and heating costs rise and as the public takes a greater interest in reducing the creation of greenhouse gases, energy-efficient housing technology will become increasingly important.
Having this technology in Summerland will provide important benefits to individual residents and to the community as a whole.