Energy-efficient home furnished with cork flooring
Energy-efficient home furnished with cork flooring A recently finished house in Kamloops, British Columbia, is so full of energy-efficient features that the owners expect the net cost for a year of electricity to be zero, The Vancouver Sun reports.
According to the news source, the home was designed by a student at Thompson Rivers University and was created with help from a collection of organizations, including the Canadian Homebuilders Association.
The building gets much of its energy from roof-top solar panels, which provide so much energy that the extra power is sent to the grid because the house does not need it. Along with the solar panels, the builders incorporated many renewable materials including recycled glass countertops and bamboo cabinetry.
"We've used a lot of renewable resources in this house as well. The flooring is all cork flooring - which is a renewable resource because you peel the cork off the tree but the tree keeps growing," Gavin Rasmussen, who oversaw construction of the home, told the news source.
Along with being made from a sustainable material, according to TLC.com, cork flooring is comprised of millions of air-filled cells which make it soft underfoot.