Canadian Centre for Housing Technology

National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Offers manufacturers, public utilities and housing technology companies unique, real-life, fully monitored whole-house testing environments

Area(s) of Expertise

Launched in 1998 as a partnership between the National Research Council Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT) supports innovation in the construction and energy sectors. The facility offers unique, whole-house, fully-monitored testing environments for research and development, demonstration and performance validation of advanced residential and grid technologies in order to accelerate their acceptance in the marketplace.

The CCHT team is comprised of qualified research officers, engineers and technicians to deliver results and expert advice to guide the development of innovative concepts and technologies and validate their performance. The CCHT staff works with clients to design projects most suited to meet their goals, needs and budget. The team will help develop and validate innovative housing products and systems that keep pace with market needs.

Research and technical staff expertise will identify and quantify collateral benefits such as occupancy comfort and improved indoor air quality. Computer simulation can be used to extend field trial results to a full year analysis or differing climate zones. The research centre also performs model-based testing and validation of new concepts and design improvements.

Research Services
  • Whole-house side-by-side comparative performance testing of innovative technologies and control strategies
  • Long term performance testing and demonstration
  • Nanogrid, smart grid and V2X (vehicle-to-home/grid/building) testing and demonstration
  • Energy modelling to extend results in time and by location
  • Assessment of collateral benefits, such as occupancy comfort and improved indoor air quality
  • Development and validation of testing methods to accommodate innovative technologies
  • Real-life testing environments that accelerate time to market by closing the gap between lab and field testing
  • Access to the Flexhousing TM home design demonstrative unit which showcases how space can be adapted to an occupant’s changing needs
Sectors of Application
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Consumer durables
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
  • Utilities

Specialized lab

Equipment

Function

Semi-detached Twin Test House

Semi-detached twin unit homes

Semi-detached twin units (~1700 sq. ft.) built in 2017, suitable for whole-house comparative performance assessments

Semi-detached Twin Test House

250+ sensors

Provide measurements of temperature, relative humidity, air flow and pressure throughout the houses

Semi-detached Twin Test House

70 electrical, gas, and water metering points

Used for electrical, gas and water consumption measurement

Semi-detached Twin Test House

Nanogrid (photovoltaics (PV), storage, and control)

  • 7.5 kW of PV per house
  • 10.5 kWh of electrical energy storage
  • Intelligent distribution panel for control, capable of on or off-grid operation

Twin Test House

Single-detached twin houses

Single-detached twin houses (~2100 sq. ft.) built in 1998 for whole-house side-by-side comparative performance assessment

Twin Test House

30 electrical, gas and water metering points

Used for electrical, gas and water consumption measurement

Twin Test House

250+ sensors

Provide measurements of temperature, relative humidity, air flow and pressure throughout the houses

Multi-Unit Test House

Multi-unit townhome

Multi-unit townhome (~ 1500 sq. ft.) ideal for long-term testing, demonstration and validation

Multi-Unit Test House

Temperature and relative humidity (RH) sensors

Measure temperature and relative humidity

Multi-Unit Test House

Electrical and gas metering

Provides measurement of electrical, gas and water consumption

Multi-Unit Test House

Nanogrid (photovoltaics (PV), storage, and control)

  • Electrical energy storage and central control
  • 2 kW PV

Multi-Unit Test House

V2X infrastructure

Bi-directional electric vehicle charger with metering and controls

Microgrid Testbed

Microgrid Testbed with electrical and mechanical bays

Used for generation, storage, distribution, and grid energy management testing and validation

  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Title

URL

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, FlexhousingTM Checklist – Homes that Adapt to Life’s Changes

https://assets.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/sf/project/cmhc/pubsandreports/pdf/61943.pdf?rev=f878a1d2-d51b-43a5-…