Passive House Duplex, Vancouver

Project Overview

This 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom (each) plus one basement suite Duplex building is the first multifamily Passive House in Vancouver. Constructed on a lot in East Vancouver, the building was designed by Marken Design and Consulting and built by Econ Group over the span of one year. The basement suite is handicap accessible.

The architectural theme was kept traditional aiming to blend well into the neighborhood character, as required by the Vancouver bylaw for this area.

For the owners the main goal was to create a healthy and very comfortable space to live in for their family and their grandmother generating a lasting legacy.

Using standard, cost-efficient 2×6 wood construction with exterior insulation applied using eco-friendly insulation throughout, the builder was able to achieve a 0.3 ACH on the final blower door test and meet the international Passive House Standard. The house is now occupied since late summer 2016 and is currently undergoing final certification review.

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Also, for this project an array of photovoltaic panels will be installed on the south-facing garage roof to produce electricity all year round cutting the utility costs to almost zero (Net Zero Energy).

Vancouver’s new building bylaws now require increased energy efficiency; this project aims to demonstrate how to exceed these goals and add value for the same construction costs as a standard custom home.

Annual Heating Cost

$286 / yr*

* For both units, total demand is 2800 kWh per year at 10.2 cents/kWh, no night setback

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