Princess Avenue EnerPHit

Location: North Vancouver, BC
Building Type: Single Family Residential - Retrofit
Project Phase: Under Construction
Certification Type: EnerPHit
Year of Construction: 2017
Gross Floor Area (m2): 326
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Project Description

Done Right Renos started this project as a regular renovation using the current building code as a guide. During this process they decided to take the Passive House training and certify as a Passive House Consultant. After completing the course and subsequent certification they immediately changed the design and reengineered the project to meet the EnerPhit Standard. Changing design inevitably incurred extra costs but they were committed to achieving what is set to be the first certified EnerPhit building in Canada.

The original building design was complicated with three different roof lines, a turret sticking out from the centre of the main living area, two slopes (butterfly wings) on either side and a flat (skirt) roof around the perimeter and over the garage. These features required some back and forth with the architect to address thermal bridges between the many junctions. They have also insulated the bottom and sides of the pool and cabana (which are not required for certification).

The first blower door test (before drywall) came in at .68.  The second and final blow door test is scheduled for April 12, after which the building will be assessed for certification.

This home will be ready for viewing May 2017.