Indwell + Hughson St. Baptist Passive House

Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Building Type: Institutional
Project Phase: In Design
Certification Type: Targeting Certification
Year of Construction: 2016-2017
Gross Floor Area (m2): 5,813
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Project Description

This redevelopment in the North End of Hamilton is being planned as a mixed-use church and housing development. This project is a partnership between a long-time North Hamilton organization, Hughson St. Baptist Church, and local non-profit housing provider Indwell to redevelop a under-utilized urban site at 500 James St. N. The building will include a contemporary church with a focus on sports ministries and affordable housing with supports. The entire development is targeted for Passive House certification.

The four-storey building consists of 45 one and two-bedroom apartments, tenant common room, bike storage and other amenity spaces. The ground floor and basement include church spaces such as a gymnatorium to seat 500 people, a large glazed atrium and foyer spaces, a chapel, hospitality spaces and a community kitchen, offices, and classrooms for youth programs from nursery through high school. The lower level includes Sunday school spaces and other meeting rooms for 300 people.

Passive House design elements include a tight massing, R-55 roof, R35 walls, and R43 underslab (all effective R). Over-insulation around the windows, careful detailing at the sunshades and windows, and high performance HRV with VRF heating & cooling. Cladding is a panel system with aluminum composite panels and thinbrick on fiberglass clips. The building envelope has been detailed to minimize thermal bridging as much as possible.