Canada gets first certified Passive House

Canada gets first certified Passive House

The Rainbow Passive House in Whistler, British Columbia, is now the first residential building in Canada to receive certification from the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.

Completed in early of 2012, the dwelling was toured by more than 1000 visitors before occupation, giving the public the opportunity to experience the “Passive House lifestyle” first hand.

“We had a great response from visitors at the open houses”, said Lydia Durfeld, marketing manager at prefab builder BC Passive House. ”Holding tours throughout the construction process not only gave people the opportunity to see the build-up and construction techniques that go into the making of a Passive House but also enabled them to experience first-hand the high-degree of comfort that is achieved.”

Designed by Marken Projects and constructed by Dürfeld Constructors and BC Passive House, the Rainbow Residence uses about 90 percent less energy for heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house.

Solar hot water, high performance heat recovery ventilation system, subsoil heat exchanger and cross-laminated timber decking are a few of the extensive sustainable building features incorporated into the prefabricated design, which also meet requirements for Whistler’s Price Restricted House Initiative.

“Showcasing affordable high performance building design and construction was one of the main goals for this project,” says Alex Maurer, director of Marken Projects. “At the same time using regional products from sustainable sources where possible was as important.”

The Passive House or PassivHaus Building Energy Standard originated in Germany in the early 1990s and is fast becoming the world’s standard in green, energy efficient building techniques. It is estimated there are more than 30,000 passive house buildings around the world.

For more information see our Building Green Research Center.


Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Passive House


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