AYO Smart Home Unveiled for Two Year Run at UBC

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2016

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The grand opening event for AYO Smart Home was on June 3rd at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey Campus.  The ceremony represents a new era in home construction, energy efficiency and technological innovation.

The official unveiling of the smart home was attended by elected officials; the UBC research community; First Nations representatives, and the many partners, friends and supporters of the smart-home prototype. The house is located at the corner of Agronomy Road and Wesbrook Mall and will be in place for the next two years.

AYO Smart Home is the flagship partner with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), Sustainable Building Technology Incubator. Faculty, researchers and students are monitoring the performance of various systems in the home. These integrated systems include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) manufactured from magnesium oxide boards for the roofing, flooring, and walls, as well as a distinctive heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system, solar photovoltaic panels, intelligent LED lighting, and smart-system controls.

The Hon. Joyce Murray, representing the Government of Canada, speaking at the Smart-home dedication ceremony.

The Hon. Joyce Murray, representing the Government of Canada, speaking at the Smart-home dedication ceremony.

Speakers at the official opening included the Hon. Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver Quadra and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Board of Canada; the Hon. Linda Reid, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of B.C.; Chief Russell Ross of the Yunesit’in First Nation; Alberto Cayuela, Director, Operations and Business Development, of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS); and Eli Enns, Director of the Halalt First Nation on Vancouver Island.

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Many of the speakers pointed to the provision of affordable housing as the greatest challenge faced by all levels of government and by many aboriginal Canadians. The smart-home design, with significantly lower construction costs and net-zero energy consumption, will help bring homes within reach for many communities.

The AYO Smart Home Team

The AYO Smart Home Team

For more information on the AYO Smart Home prototype:

Visit the website at www.ayosmarthome.com or contact us at info@ayosmarthome.com
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AYO-UBC Smart-Home Reflects First Nations Design Traditions

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2016

 AYO Smart Home’s prototype at UBC and the effort to capture First Nations culture and traditions in architecture

AYO Smart Home’s prototype at UBC and the effort to capture First Nations culture and traditions in architecture

When it comes to new housing, architectural culture and traditions are important to First Nations, and the AYO-UBC smart-home prototype has strived to capture these values for new homes on Vancouver Island.

Members of the Yunesit’in First Nation in Tsilhqot’in traditional territory worked with AYO Smart Home Ltd. and DK Architecture to achieve a house that features supreme energy-efficiency and affordability, while also respecting the historical and cultural traditions of Yunesit’in architecture. This collaboration is on full display at the AYO Smart Home prototype located at Agronomy Road and Wesbrook Mall on the Point Grey UBC Campus.

The Yunesit’in were the first Nation to adopt the AYO smart-home as a model for energy-efficiency and cultural recognition. Yoga Yogendran, the CEO of AYO Smart Home Ltd, says that working with First Nations like the Yunesit’in was a vital component in the evolution of the smart-home design.

“We were honoured to have worked with the Yunesit’in people and DK Architecture to produce a smart-home which achieves all our objectives of energy-efficiency and durability, with a low carbon footprint and minimal environmental impact” said Mr. Yogendran. “This innovation is complimented by its culturally appropriate design which parallels other buildings on the First Nations traditional territory and reflects the community’s identity.”

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In the coming months AYO Smart Home will be partnering with three Indigenous communities to bring the same blend of traditional architecture and energy-efficiency to housing in their communities. In partnership with the Halalt First Nation, AYO will be working with Klahoose and Seton Lake to build three to five homes in each community over the next year. 

The smart home is aimed at fundamentally changing the way First Nations housing is developed in B.C. and Canada. The home arrives in components, and panelized construction enables a home to be finished in just four weeks. Through utilization of solar panels; advances in heating, ventilating and cooling; and the use of smart-controls; the home achieves a zero-energy footprint.

“At AYO Smart Home we recognize the long and difficult history of Canada with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and we believe our housing model will be transformative in how we move forward”, adds Mr. Yogendran. “These homes will be developed with close community collaboration, and will fully respect First Nations respect for the land and the history and traditions of their architecture.”

Yoga Yogendran (left), CEO of AYO Smart Home Inc. and Eli Enns (right) Director of Housing at the Halalt First Nation, sign a Memorandum of Agreement to build smart- homes on their traditional lands on Vancouver Island

Yoga Yogendran (left), CEO of AYO Smart Home Inc. and Eli Enns (right) Director of Housing at the Halalt First Nation, sign a Memorandum of Agreement to build smart- homes on their traditional lands on Vancouver Island

For further information:
 
Yoga Yogendran, CEO, AYO Smart Home Ltd
Mobile: 604.375.8788
Email: yoga@ayoenergysolutions.com

AYO Smart Home – Providing Sustainable Solutions that Mark a New Era in Housing

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016

AYO Smart Home Ltd. brings an integrated system approach to designing and building homes that allows the highest efficiency – all while maintaining affordability. Leading technology and sustainability principals are used to replicate nature inside a home with an emphasis on efficiency, air quality, and renewable energy. This marks a new era in housing.

In partnership with the University of British Columbia, AYO has built a pilot home on the corner of Agronomy Road and Wesbrook Mall, which is being used as a research platform to test, optimize, validate, and integrate technologies and construction materials and processes for the next two years.

The smart home’s innovative approach to home construction and energy efficiency includes built-in measures of energy generation and conservation such as the solar panels, heat-pump, HVAC system, Magnesium Oxide Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), and waste heat recovery. Through these technologies, the home reaches net-zero energy status.

AYO’s focus is to select the most appropriate construction materials and technologies to design a culturally appropriate home that addresses the housing challenges such as moisture, fire hazards, maintenance, and durability of the Indigenous communities. AYO does not just build houses; the company helps grow communities – collaboratively. AYO Smart Home creates affordable housing that are safe and durable while strengthening Indigenous communities and respecting the needs of the inhabitants.

The panelized construction approach allows ease of assembly that separates the AYO Smart Home product from competitors in traditional stick-frame constructions. Because the home arrives on site as pre-manufactured components that fit together in a plug and play system, the construction time is significantly reduced – the smart home can be built from foundation to occupancy in just four weeks. This is critically important in remote areas and First Nations communities where the construction time frame and amount of specialized workers is limited during the year. The goal is to push the cost per square foot of the home down to $100 per square foot: well under other methods of home construction.

AYO Smart Home’s grand opening event is set for 1-3:30p.m. on June 3rd, 2016. Thereafter, tours can be arranged by emailing AYO Smart Home at info@ayosmarthome.com.

Andrew Mai (left) – President, CFO
AYO Smart Home Ltd.

andrew@ayoenergysolutions.com

Yoga Yogendran (right) – CEO
AYO Smart Home Ltd.

yoga@ayoenergysolutions.com