Project Specs

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Building Type: Single Family Residential
Certification Type: None
Year of Construction: 2017
Gross Floor Area (m2): 213

Project Description

A seamless blend of elegance and efficiency. Designed with a suburban lot in mind, this home combines the curb appeal of early 20th century homes with the most advanced energy performance and building assemblies designed for Canadian winters. With the total heating bill estimated at $250/year, this building is capable of exceeding the strict Passive House targets.

• This 4 bedroom passive house was built as a testing ground for refining assemblies, trying new details, and simplifying mechanical systems. It was designed as a stock home plan, taking into account the wedge-shaped lot common to new suburbs.
• A large, south-facing great room brings bright, warm light into the home. This is uncommon in urban neighbourhoods where homes are built with no regard to orientation.
• The exterior styling references the classic suburban architecture of the 20th century, while keeping the finishes maintenance-free.
• This home demonstrates the perfect balance between cost-effectiveness and cutting edge energy performance.
• “For this project, we wanted to test the market value of a Passive House compared to homes built with standard building methods. We chose to build on a lot in a small, new development with new homes of similar size and finish to our design. Although the cost to build a passive house was the same, it sold for more than the larger code-built house next door. We are happy with the result, proving that passive homes higher value is recognized in the market.” ~ Natalie Leonard



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