Read the AWARD WINNING Introduction and Explanation
of the ENERTIA® Building Systems from the Enertia Catalog and Invent Now™ Challenge.
Enertia® Homes use an ingenious design, and the science of materials, to heat and cool buildings without fuel or electricity. Fitted with Photovoltaic panels, and a metal seamed roof, homes can be self-reliant for heating, cooling, electricity, water and food. This is a modern Building System, an integrated group of innovations and a construction technique so basic, yet amazing and effective, it has been called a Modern Marvel.
These are not conventional “stick-frame” single-generation houses. The walls are solid wood, and the design life is hundreds of years. Comfort is by design and from a unique structural material, not from a mechanical/ electric compressor or furnace. The roof can generate electricity and capture water. The sunspace harvests energy, and in it you can harvest food.
Most have a built-in "biosphere," modeled after planet Earths’ that draws energy from the sun, and geothermal stability from the ground, creating a temperate climate that buffers the primary living space. Your personal Greenhouse Effect warms your house in winter. Naturally-induced air currents cool it in summer.
All our homes are built from a new Basic Component: gluelam wall elements pre-cut and numbered in a factory, assembled on-site with an electric drill. They are 100% renewable, have unprecedented strength and solidity, yet allow the house to breathe. Thermal energy is stored in the walls, not the air. Construction is fast and economical.
When we started 25 years ago the terms Bio-mimicry, Green Building, Carbon Sequestration, and Life-Cycle Analysis did not exist. Enertia® homes pioneered these goals that others are still striving to achieve.
On this site you can see our projects in climates hot-to-cold, dry-to-humid, calm-to-violent. These are real achievable solutions that are attractive, gentle, and protective of you and the environment. Released from dependency and cost of fuel, and the fear of freezing and power outage- you can relax, your family is secure- in a home that is true to the meaning of Shelter.
ENERTIA® - from Natural Materials, with Natural Energy -
The Future of Building, Now!