Bell PassiveHouse

Location: Nakusp, British Columbia
Building Type: Multi-Unit Residential
Project Phase: Under Construction
Certification Type: Targeting Certification
Year of Construction: 2017
Gross Floor Area (m2): 1145
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Project Description

This building will be a Certified Passive House. The project is a series of three PH certified row houses, with a coach house of conventional construction. Designed to facilitate aging in place, it is intended that the three PH suites will be supported by the caretakers suite in the coach house. The location, on the banks of the Columbia river, is adjacent to a beautiful boardwalk, offering access to a spectacular landscape, amazing views and plentiful sun.

The suites are carefully arranged to provide a feeling of community while offering sufficient privacy. Each suite has a detached garage to the north. Between the suites and the garage is a protected space that acts like a courtyard, offering shady refuge from the summer sun and intermittent wind. Each suite also has a south facing covered patio. The suites have been offset from each other to allow each patio to have unobstructed views of the mountains and river, while being separated enough from the neighbor to feel like you are out in the country.

The construction system is a triple stud frame, insulated with cellulose. The roofs are parallel cords trusses. The cladding will be a combination of corrugated steel and local cedar.

The Architectural Design has been a collaboration between Lukas Armstrong of Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc, J. Molly Bell (The Client), and Dave Madden of Madden Timber Construction, (The Builder). PassiveHouse Design has been provided by Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc, of Nelson BC.   Energy Consulting has been been provided by Andre Harrmann of Harrmann Consulting. Third Party Certification has been provided by Peel Passive House Consulting from Ontario.  Mechanical Engineering has been provided by Mirko Slivar of Rocky Point Engineering.