Enertia Building System from Enertia Homes mimics how the Earth draws energy from the sun and geothermal stability from the ground to create a stable climate.


  • Reduced costs
  • Sustainable


  • Residential buildings
  • HVAC

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

  • Goal 12: Responsible Production & Consumption

The Challenge

Traditional “stick-frame” houses are built with heating and cooling systems that use a large amount of energy throughout the year. These homes are not optimized to take advantage of the ambient temperatures outside, and as a result the internal temperatures can vary widely.

Innovation Details

The Enertia® Building System utilizes multiple components to heat and cool buildings without using electricity or fuel. The homes are built with natural materials and are arranged to create an air flow/access channel that runs around the building, just inside the walls, creating a miniature biosphere. This is similar to how the Earth is able to absorb and store solar energy.

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Biomimicry Story

The Earth is able to transfer and store solar energy through a concept called ‘thermal inertia’, the ability to store and later utilize heat.