This blog explores changes in the energy industry from an insider’s perspective as it transitions from the old centralized utility model to the new paradigm of distributed generation.
This blog was previously called Inside the Housing Evolution and focused on energy efficient homes. Ultimately, it’s all linked. Soon, every building will have the potential to generate, store, and sell energy. Welcome to the era of the transactive grid – the greatest shift the electricity sector has seen in over 100 years!

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January 7, 2015No Comments

My last post as Urbandale’s General Manager

My last post as Urbandale’s General Manager

This post is a little overdue, but I just couldn’t bring myself to write it earlier.  I have officially left for Vancouver and moved on from my position as General Manager of Urbandale Construction.  It’s been a wonderful experience and I am extremely grateful to all of the excellent and dedicated staff that have made […]

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September 19, 20144 Comments

Why Ottawa Home Prices Will Continue to Rise

Why Ottawa Home Prices Will Continue to Rise

Cross posted from the Ottawa Citizen on Sept. 13th, 2014. It seems like home prices keep going higher. While this may be good news for investors, it reduces the quality of life for anyone who has to put more money toward mortgage payments and makes it difficult for first-time buyers to enter the market. Housing […]

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July 21, 2014No Comments

“Modern Housing” column to debut in the Ottawa Citizen

“Modern Housing” column to debut in the Ottawa Citizen

I have a new column called “Modern Housing” which will be appearing monthly in the Ottawa Citizen. I hope to use this forum to bring attention to issues facing the housing industry, with a focus on energy efficiency and affordability. Thanks to the folks at the Citizen for giving me this great opportunity!

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December 20, 2013No Comments

Energy Innovation Roundtable

Energy Innovation Roundtable

On Dec. 4th I took part in an Energy Innovation Roundtable chaired by Frank Des Rosiers, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Natural Resources Canada.  When I first read the discussion paper prior to the meeting I got the impression that the whole exercise was being implemented with the outcome already in mind, namely to justify […]

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August 27, 2010No Comments

Why Are R-2000 Homes Healthier to Live In?

Why Are R-2000 Homes Healthier to Live In?

Health Canada has been studying the health of people before and after moving into new R-2000 homes and non-R2000 homes.  Their results clearly indicate “that people who moved into R-2000 houses found that their health improved more than those who moved into conventional houses.” Urbandale R-2000 homes are healthier than conventional houses because they have […]

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Matthew Sachs

P. Eng. LEED AP

  • COO of Peak Power since July 2016
  • General Manager of Urbandale Construction (May 2008 – Oct 2014)
  • Vice-Chair R-2000 Renewal Committee
  • Member of Energy Star Technical Advisory Committee
  • Greater Ottawa Homebuilders Green Committee
  • Recipient of Canadian Homebuilder’s Association 2009 R-2000 Builder of the Year Award
  • Participant in Natural Resources Canada’s Technology Roadmap for Sustainable Housing
  • Energy Consultant with Marbek Resource Consultants (Feb 2002 – May 2006)

ABOUT PEAK POWER

Peak Power is a Microgrid project development company focused on delivering innovative solutions to offset the most expensive hours of electric demand. We specialize in optimizing the revenue streams from energy storage, advanced building automation, and renewable technologies for customer sited and utility scale projects. Please visit www.peakpowerenergy.com.