The Smart Home

The Smart Home

Smart Home Features

We’ve talked about why the AYO Smart Home is a great system, how it saves you money, is built to last, and is mold free.

You might say to yourself “That sounds great, but how is it you’re able to do all those things?”

That is a great question and one we’ve tried to answer below:

Passive Design

By expertly designing the house from top to bottom, knowing the unique dimensions of your area’s climate and things like lot size, we are able to maximize the surrounding environment to provide as much natural heating and cooling as possible. This expert design will leave your house cool in the summer, and warm in the winter without any additional energy needed! Saving you money and saving (or at least not hurting) the planet.

Building Materials/Methods

Using a Structurally Insulated Panel (SIP) construction method, we are able to provide exceptional air tightness within the building envelope. We also use thicker than required walls for extra insulation. The SIP construction has less ‘joints’ than a typical build, so where there are hundreds of joints in a typical house, the SIP construction has dozens, thereby providing less places for air to escape. Why pay for heat that is just going to be lost for nothing? We also fortify our SIPs with Magnesium Oxide board, which is extremely resistant to moisture retention and thus resistant to mold growth.

Heat Recovery System

You might ask yourself “If the building envelope doesn’t let any air out, won’t it get really stuffy?” to which we would say “absolutely not!” Air is constantly being pumped into the house from the outside to provide that wonderful crisp fresh air we all love to breathe deeply. We use a state of the art heat recovery system whereby the fresh air being pumped into the house is heated by the warm air and water in the house before it gets pumped outside. This leaves you with fresh air you didn’t have to pay to heat. No heat goes to waste!

Air Distribution

In a typical home, warm air rises within the house and the residents are left with some ‘hot spots’ and other areas that are less warm than desired, despite the thermostat cranked up! This warm air rises to the roof and the warm air is lost through the roof. The AYO Smart Home includes a unique ventilation system that overcomes this challenge. Our ventilation system fights the undesirable stratification of hot air through strategically placed ducts and creates a uniform vertical air distribution that reduces loss of heat and makes the home more comfortable for the residents.

Energy efficient components

We use state of the art LED lighting and uber-efficient appliances to reduce energy consumption to an absolute minimum while giving you all of the comforts and luxuries you want and deserve. The LED lights we use can be adjusted for warmth and hue to give you the exact look that you want for your home while being 600% less costly than typical lights (based on 25,000 hours at $.12 Kw/H)

Solar Panels

Now that we’ve saved as much energy as possible, let’s talk about generating some! The energy supplied by a standard solar package will reduce your annual total energy consumption to 0. The panels will be incorporated into the design to maximize the energy generated and make them look good too. The summer months provide an excellent opportunity to sell your power back to the grid and offset your small energy bills in the winter.

Smart Home Controller

Here at AYO, we talk a lot about how great the AYO Smart Home system is… and for good reason! We’ve partnered up with UBC and CIRS (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability) to conduct rigorous independent tests to determine if the AYO system is as good in practice as it is in theory. Short answer: it is! Long answer: Please feel free to browse through the extensive research findings and see for yourself what the scientists are saying.

Research

Here at AYO, we talk a lot about how great the AYO Smart Home system is… and for good reason! We’ve partnered up with UBC and CIRS (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability) to conduct rigorous independent tests to determine if the AYO system is as good in practice as it is in theory.

Short answer: it is! Long answer: Please feel free to browse through the extensive research findings and see for yourself what the scientists are saying. Here are a list of studies and some key findings we’ve learned about the AYO Smart Home:

Key Achievements

HVAC consumption of ~14 kWh/m²/year

Total energy consumption of ~120

R-30 walls and up to R8 windows

Air tightness of 0.4 ACH @50 Pa

Four days from foundation to ‘lock up’ stage

91 out of 100 Energuide rating

Current Research Studies

No. Research Category Program University Study Title
1 HVAC Clean Energy Engineering UBC Thermal Comfort Modelling in Prefabricated Residential Buildings as a Means of Energy Reduction
2 HVAC Clean Energy Engineering UBC Study on Alternative Mechanical Systems of UBC Pilot Home of Smart Home using Energy Simulation
3 SIP design, LCA, Cost optimization Civil Engineering UBC Several
4 HVAC Mechanical Engineering UBC Comparing our HVAC design for Fort McMurray and Beijing to achieve Passive House, Net Zero, and low cost
5 Market outreach Beedie School of Business SFU Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
6 Cost optimization, HVAC, Solar and Net Zero Sustainability Building Science Program UBC Investigation of methods for cost reduction while maintaining energy efficiency in the Smart Home building design
7 Cost optimization, Prefabrication Civil Engineering UBC Project Management Plan
8 First Nations market Civil Engineering UBC AYO Smart Home for Halalt- and Yukon-Based First Nations Communities
9 HVAC, Smart home controller Mechanical Engineering UBC Development of Smart Home Controller
10 Ventilation, Acoustics Mechanical Engineering UBC Assessing the effectiveness of ventilation in the Smart Home Pilot House
11 SIP design, Prefabrication, LCA Civil Engineering UBC Improving the Financial Performance of a Scalable "Smart Home" Prototype for First Nations Communities in British Columbia
12 Utility wall, First Nations market Marketing UBC Preparation of design sketches for the utility wall and home designs for the Yukon projects
13 Market outreach Marketing UBC Updating media releases and preparing marketing materials for the smart home
14 Market outreach Marketing UBC Preparing marketing materials and hosting opening events for the smart home
15 Solar market Marketing UBC Investigating the market potential for solar power in North America
16 SIP design Materials Engineering UBC Investigating novel SIP designs for improved performance and optimized cost

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