TWO North Vancouver-based companies are developing a new program that aims to reduce, recover and recycle energy used by buildings.
Enerpro Systems Corp. and Olympic International Agencies have partnered to create smartforme, a system designed to help property owners save money and manage their energy consumption.
"We created smartforme because we're passionate about saving energy," stated program director Roger Bayley in a press release. "We've brought together the world's best technology in energy
delivery with advanced in-suite metering. The result is an energy-efficient building with a lower carbon footprint - giving the consumer a comfortable living environment and complete control over their energy use, and savings."
In a model smartforme project of 250 residential units, with an area of 18,000 square metres, the total energy that is recovered and recycled from the envelope thermal transmission losses is about 60 per cent of the total transmission (or approximately 840,000 kilowatt hours annually). That's equivalent to 100 light bulbs being left on for nine and half years, or driving a Prius car around the world 30
times, according to the press release.
Smartforme recovers the energy in the sewer and ventilation discharge and recaptures the energy that passes through the building envelope to the surrounding environment. European air-to-water heat pump technology is used to recycle the energy from the surrounding environment back into the building.
"Smartforme supports a more sustainable way of living, one that's conscious of resource consumption and that provides customers with exceptional comfort in their living and working space," stated Bayley.