Project Specs

Location: Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia
Building Type: Single Family Residential
Project Phase: Under Construction
Certification Type: None
Year of Construction: 2017
Gross Floor Area (m2): 330

Project Description

The Atlantic Coast Passive House is a modern style bungalow with a walkout basement located on a beautiful oceanfront property in Indian Harbour, designed to meet the Passive House standard.

This home will allow our Homeowners to live comfortably in a home that can be heated with minimal mechanical equipment, such as a single mini-split ductless heat pump. In order to maintain a comfortable inside temperature, ambient heat sources such as sunlight, hair dryers, body heat, appliances etc. need to be factored into the heat design calculation. Without a doubt, our Passive House Project will have a reduced carbon footprint on our planet.

Extremely efficient with R-80 in the ceiling, R-55 in exterior walls and a unique, super insulated slab and foundation. Extremely air tight (for increased efficiency) with a blower door test result of 0.58 AC/H.

Our Homeowners have selected natural wood siding and high density cement panels for their earth-friendly home on their beautiful ocean front property: Keel ArmorPlank Cement Panel. Color: Light Gray, Fraser Evolution Series Wood Siding – Atlantic Collection. Color: Peggy’s Cove.

A drilled well was not an option for this oceanfront home, so we incorporated a “Butterfly Metal Roof” system that will collect rain water from both buildings and store it in a cistern. The cistern is equipped with a water treatment system which will then treat the rain water and supply the house with fresh water.

Modern trim package throughout home, including a custom designed and built bed in the master bedroom.

Our Clients intend for this home to be their “forever” home. Aging in Place technologies included: Roll in custom shower in master ensuite, wider hallways and doorways, accessible plumbing fixtures.

  • Super-insulated R-6:35:55:90 enclosure  (Windows:Slab:Walls:Roof)
  • Large Windows on SSW exposure, Min. glazing on other sides
  • Simple shape to reduce enclosure surface area   S/V = 0.67 m-1
  • Foundation Slab- R-35: 8 in. Concrete slab with 8 in. EPS
  • Foundation Walls R-47: 11 inch ICF Concrete with EPS/Roxul
  • Walls 9.5 in. cellulose, 5.5 in. Rock wool Batt R-55: TJI / 2×6 Double wall
  • Roof,  28 in. (min.) blown cellulose  R-87: Wood truss
  • High Performance Windows – uPVC Triple glazed
  • Heating/Cooling – Electric Baseboard + Mini-split air-source heat pump
  • Ventilation – Zehnder Heat Recovery Ventilator
  • Water – Cistern with Rain Water Harvesting
  • Hot Water – Heat pump hot water heater
  • Drain Water Heat Recovery – 60 inch
  • Lighting – CFL + LED


Contact Info: Keith Sawlor, President of Sawlor Built Homes 902-465-7738



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