Unpaid Advertising – Enertia® Homes

While cruising the Patent Office website, I came across the invention of the year, the Enertia® Home. As a house fanatic, I was intrigued. The uniqueness of the Enertia® home is in its passive temperature regulation system. A combination of an envelope around the home and the use of wood ensures a constant temperature inside the home during both summer and winter. In the summer, cooler air is circulated through the basement, heated in the envelope, and released out the attic. In the winter, air is circulated through the envelope where it is heated by the sun during the day and the basement during the night.

The most striking aspect of this ingenious design is its simplicity. The Enertia® system uses no moving parts and requires no power whatsoever. The inventor, Michael Sykes, initially based his design on the natural properties of wood. It may not be bamboo, but wood is a sustainable resource. The prototype failed to perform as he calculated. Rather than give up he changed the facts; he treated the wood so that its thermal properties would perform as he originally expected. That is the best kind of innovation.

Check out US. patent No. 6,933,016 for more details on this fantastic invention. Don't build it yourself and risk infringing this patent. Sykes is selling pre-cut kits for different home plans. All you need to supply are the foundation, electrical, plumbing, and labor. In a few months you can be relaxing in your uber-comfortable Enertia® Home and scoffing at your negligible utility bills.

Huzaa to Sykes and his amazing Enertia® home!

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3 thoughts on “Unpaid Advertising – Enertia® Homes

  1. artdavis June 18, 2007 at 8:35 am Reply

    Modern passive solar architecture has been around for decades and the concept has been applied for millennia. Without going on a tirade about how our patent system is being abused to lock up prior art these days, I'll give the guy the benefit of the doubt that he actually has some novel IP. In this case, I have a question….If I apply the concepts of the patent claims to build my house, does that constitute infringement? It's not like I'm commercializing his idea to steal sales.–Art

  2. bioadam June 18, 2007 at 8:33 pm Reply

    If you were to apply the patent claims to build your house, and your house was in the United States, you would infringe the patent. However, the claims are limited to methods of treating wood. The concept of a house with an envelope around it is apparently free to use. And treating the wood overseas and shipping it here is a no-go too; the patent infringement statute already covers this. Blame your congressman for that.

  3. artdavis June 19, 2007 at 1:33 pm Reply

    I've always considered the patent system as a playground of ideas to freely draw from so long as I didn't generate an income. I don't know why I thought that… anyway, bummer.–Art

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