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From "Green Tourist" to prizes
PBC intern Penny-Rae Beaudry is busy talking to and visiting some interesting building projects and her first piece in a series we call "Green Tourist" is up (see below). In Canadian Passive House news we have an award winning daycare centre, a peek into the PH wood research lab events and more.
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GREEN TOURIST SERIES
This is the first piece in a Green Tourist series with Passive Buildings Canada’s summer intern and architect technologist, Penny Beaudry. The series will document sustainable solutions within some of Canada’s major cities. This story was inspired by the Eco-Solar Tour in Edmonton, Alberta.
Unused ocean-crossing shipping containers or “sea-cans” litter the landscape, too expensive to recycle and too expensive to ship back. Home development company, 3Leafs saw an opportunity. 3Leafs is the team of architects, construction experts, designers, and engineers who are thinking outside (and inside) the discarded metal box.
I got to meet with the 3Leafs team for my first stop during the Eco-Solar Tour . 3Leafs members Yolande Mailloux-Hall, Building Science Specialist and Co-Founder Stephen Ezekwem, Technology & Operations showed me how they turn sea-can graveyards into Net-Zero Ready Homes (NZR). A Net-Zero Ready home awaits an energy supply which can be solar, wind, hydro, or any combination. In this case, the Garden Suite’s roof is engineered and ready for photovoltaic solar systems (PV) making it NZR. The goal is to draw and supply energy so the grid balances out to zero. A Net-Zero Energy home reduces energy needs and includes renewable energy generation which allows the house the produce as much energy as it uses.
Passive House daycare gets prize
"Certainly when we talk about sustainability as part of our indigenous culture. It's important to us to reflect that in everything that we do, including construction and operation of new facilities." So says Chris Beaton, executive director of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, as reported in the CHEK news discussing the new 25 unit affordable, passive house housing development . "We can offer somebody an affordable housing unit, but if they're paying $250 or $300 a month in hydro, I'm not sure where that's affordable any longer," says Beaton. The units are the first affordable family residents built in Nanaimo in 25 years.
Image: OK College
Wood research lab to be first certified PH education building in Canada
The "soon-to-be-first certified Passive House higher education building in Canada", Wood Innovation Research Lab at the University of Northern British Columbia is now open and students are busy working away. The building is 10 meters tall but only has one floor and of course wood played a major role in the design. Learn more in this short video:
Rethinking details with Passive House
Passive House non-profit mission being built in Regina
Construction for the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina is underway and will be the first non-profit Passive House in Regina. According to 980 CMJ , the building is expected to cost the same as a conventional building, possibly less. "It will have a 54 spot subsidized daycare, 17 affordable housing spaces for 'hard-to-house' tenants, the new soup kitchen will feed up to 250 people a day and it will double the capacity of the group’s current men’s emergency shelter to 24 spots."
Policy Options op-ed plugs Passive House
In the publication Policy Options Bob Deeks lays out " A Road Map for Canada's Building Strategy " and Passive House is part of the path. Bob Deeks is the co-vice chair of the Energy Step Code Council, a member of Codes Canada’s Standing Committee for Energy Efficiency, and chair of the Canadian Home Builders Association’s Net Zero Energy Ready Housing Council. Deeks argues for a "stepped approach" to increasing the rigors of the building code.
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Carter Road Passive House
This month's PBC gallery highlight, Carter Road Passive House , was conceived as a both a homestead for a young family and as a demonstrative calling card for their newly established organic market garden, this home will (soon) be certified to Passive House standard. A classic, ageless design combined with contemporary takes on traditional materials, the home plays to the owners' modern aesthetic interests while not offending the aesthetic sensibilities of neighbouring homes and the pastoral setting.
Importantly for those with Passive House and Net Zero/Positive, the building envelope (exterior wall assembly, windows, doors, insulation, cladding) are all performed using domestically made components - and still we hit a rather impressive, verified 0.34ACH while also achieving the certification required R-values, solar heat gain coefficients, and minimized thermal bridging. It absolutely took more thought and consideration from design through to every cut of the saw and every swing of the hammer than if we substituted some more imported purpose-made materials, though our approach limited cost and we think, is more nurturing of domestic skills and capacity.
More photos as the house is complete, with finishes being performed largely by the owner presently, will be posted on the PBC website.
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