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!

August 10, 2010

The Future of Solar Panels

The Future of Solar Panels

It looks like Nanosolar is the first company out of the gates with a process that “makes it possible to produce 100x thinner solar cells 100x faster”. The technology is in fact so impressive that it won the Popular Science Innovation of the Year and Green Tech Grand Award.

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July 21, 2010

Five Sins of Greenwashing in Housing

Five Sins of Greenwashing in Housing

Green is in, and savvy businesses in all fields have been making some pretty bold environmental claims in their advertisements in the hopes of cashing in. It can be difficult for purchasers to tell when these claims are genuine, and when they are simply greenwashing. 

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July 13, 20102 Comments

Green Building Ottawa Conference “Retrofit – Sustainability for the Future”

Green Building Ottawa Conference “Retrofit – Sustainability for the Future”

The June issue of Ottawa Construction News had an article on a presentation I gave at Carleton University’s Green Building Ottawa Conference.  (Actually, the article attributes the quotes to Michael Sachs, not Matthew, but trust me it’s me!).

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June 28, 2010

The Kitchen as a System

The Kitchen as a System

Whirlpool is using systems thinking to re-invent the typical kitchen to make the most of waste heat and water. This design is said to use 70% less energy and be 24% cheaper to run… and hell… it looks pretty sexy to boot!

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June 15, 2010

Solar Technology- So Fun Even the Crazies are Into It

Solar Technology- So Fun Even the Crazies are Into It

I just wanted to share this pic that was sent to me by a solar enthusiast. I guess he read one of my articles on the solar industry and wanted my opinion on his “invention”. Where do I start…. well, I should try and be positive right? It shows great ummm initiative, and …enthusiasm. And […]

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May 6, 2010

Integrated Community Energy Solutions

Integrated Community Energy Solutions

I was recently invited to join 8 other progressive builders from across Canada for a conference to discuss Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES).

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April 30, 2010

Watch These New R-2000 Program Videos

Watch These New R-2000 Program Videos

I’m really proud that Natural Resources Canada chose Urbandale as an example of better builder to shoot their video on the R-2000 program.  You can view the NRCan video here.

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April 23, 20102 Comments

Carleton University High Performance Housing Project

Carleton University High Performance Housing Project

Over the last year, I’ve been working closely with Carleton University Engineering students on their final year project focused on High Performance Housing.

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April 1, 2010

Green Home Labeling Programs

Green Home Labeling Programs

Third party verification through labeling programs are critical to promoting green building because frankly, if we say our homes are great, customers may not believe us, but if a third party says it, then a purchaser may take that more seriously.

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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.