A Great Evaluation of Yellowknife’s Newest Habitat for Humanity Home

The newest Habitat for Humanity house in Yellowknife

The Arctic Energy Alliance is a proud sponsor of the newest Habitat for Humanity home under construction near the corner of School Draw Ave. and 50th Ave. in Yellowknife. In late September, we visited the house to conduct a mid-construction evaluation under Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide Rating System for homes.

Sponsor signs

Some of the sponsor signs outside the construction site

Ken Baigent, one of our Energy Management Specialists, completed the evaluation, which included the use of a blower door to assess the current air tightness of the house. Performing this assessment once the building envelope and air/vapour barriers are complete (but before the drywall is hung) helps builders identify and seal any remaining air leaks. A common building science saying is to “build tight and ventilate right.” Effective air sealing is one of the best ways to make a home more energy-efficient and reduce energy costs for the lifetime of the home.

A blower door

A blower door

We’re happy to say that this Habitat house is on track to be among the most energy-efficient homes in the city. When construction is complete, we’ll conduct a final evaluation to confirm the numbers.

Tom Desjarlais, Habitat for Humanity’s construction site supervisor, and Darrell Viske from PSAV Architects were on site for the evaluation and to hear Ken’s recommendations. Ken also brought along two members of the AEA team—Craig Thomas, our Operations Manager, and Kevin Cull, our Communications Coordinator—to see what’s involved in a home evaluation.

Craig, Ken, Darrell and Tom

Craig, Ken, Darrell and Tom

It was a great visit full of opportunities to learn and to confirm a job well done. We look forward to seeing the finished house. We know the lucky new owners will love it.

Craig and Ken looking for air leaks

Craig and Ken looking for air leaks