The Confluence

Located in the Summer Village of Waiparous, Alberta, this environmentally proactive 2,200 sq.ft. family home is completely self-sustaining. Through net positive energy and water usage, building with non-toxic, salvaged, and natural materials, and designing with biophilia, this home is not only sustainable, but environmentally regenerative.

Here’s the influence:

  • 815  Known toxic chemicals to avoid in the building materials
  • 800+ Products researched for Red List, VOC content, and manufacturing location
  • 500 Kilometer radius to source the majority of the construction materials
  • 105 The percentage of energy needs that must come from onsite renewable energy at The Confluence. Therefore, solar panels are used for energy generation, and batteries are used for energy storage which creates a small reserve to return to the electrical grid (the extra 5%)
  • 90-100 The percentage of metals, paper, cardboard, soil, biomass, rigid foam, carpet and insulation diverted from the landfill during construction
  • 48+ Products installed that were salvaged and/or reclaimed
  • 35 Roof-mounted solar panels will capture energy to power the home
  • 20 Imperatives required for full certification with the LBC
  • 19 SAIT students who have worked on project
  • 16 Products installed that have a Declare label 
  • 9 Years the homeowners have been dreaming of this custom home
  • 5 SAIT alumni helped bring this green home dream to life
  • 3 Houses in the world with full Living Building Challenge certification