Posts Tagged ‘passive house’

Passive House Case Study

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Salus Clementine Housing, Ottawa

The Salus Corporation is a Canadian charity that provides housing and support services for clients with mental health needs. The Corporation has more than 100 dwelling units in several buildings in Ottawa. The recently completed Salus Clementine project is a 42-unit residence for people suffering from mental illness.

By Anthony Leaning


Passive House Design:

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

An Architect’s Perspective

Too often we equate energy efficiency with sustainability, overlooking considerations of  form and design. I was interested to explore how a structure designed to meet the rigorous standards of PH modelling might differ from any other.

By Lucio Picciano


The Salus Clementine project

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

A learning experience in thermal bridging solutions

The Salus Clementine development consists of a four-storey apartment building in Ottawa offering 42 single-occupancy units for men and women living with severe mental illness. The project is targeting LEED for Homes Platinum Certification as well as Passive House Certification, the most stringent energy efficiency standard in the world. The project is currently under construction.

By Sonia Zouari and Anthony Leaning


Passive House on the Lake

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

A modern interpretation in prefab on a difficult site

The objective of the design for this lakeside home was to create a modern interpretation of the Passive House. The clients wanted to meet the Standard without having to compromise on design. Preliminary discussions were focused on typical planning and programming within the home given some very difficult site constraints. The topography and compact nature of the site were a huge challenge. The waterfront site slopes sharply down to the east with panoramic views out over the lake and mountains across the valley.

By Lydia hunter


Cottonwood House

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Passive House passes cold-climate test

The Cottonwood Passive House is one of the first homes in Alberta built to the Passive House standard. Located in a developer subdivision, the owners and project team hope to demonstrate that exceptional energy efficiency is a realistic and achievable goal, even in a suburban context.

By David Zeibin


Passive House: What’s in it for homeowners?

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

What’s in it for homeowners?

For the environmentally conscious, extremely high energy efficiency and a low carbon footprint may be reason enough to make the next home move or build a Passive House. However, Passive House has more to offer than the satisfaction of knowing your living space is contributing to a greener built environment.

By Katie Shellard (more…)

What is Passive House?

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The world’s most energy-efficient building design explained

By Rob Bernhardt (more…)

Passive House set to make strides

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Energy efficiency is not the only consideration in designing sustainable buildings, but most would say that it’s at the top of the list. Even with the programs and rating systems that we have in place to improve energy efficiency, one could argue that the market has not made high energy efficiency  a prime goal.

By Rob Bernhardt


Beechwood Deep Energy Retrofit

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Post-World War II bungalow re-made for healthy, low-energy living

The winning residential project of the 2015 Canadian Green Building Awards is a post-World War II bungalow transformed into a highly-efficient two-storey home: a retrofit that exceeds Passive House air-tightness requirements for new construction. The project underwent an integrated design process involving the architect, sustainability consultant, mechanical engineer, builder, and other professionals from the high-performance building industry. (more…)

Tall Wood

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Insights from the FII/BSLC Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

In the fall of 2013, Forestry Innovation Investment and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council commissioned Perkins+Will to conduct a survey of completed Tall Wood buildings from around the world, and share the lessons learned by others with those contemplating similar projects in North America. The study was published in the spring of 2014, and SABMag took the opportunity to speak with the lead author, Rebecca Holt of Perkins+Will in Vancouver.

By Rebecca Holt of Perkins+Will in Vancouver.