|Year of Construction:||2018|
|Gross Floor Area (m2):||4324|
|Treated Floor Area (m2):||3250|
This project includes the gutting, recladding and partial reconstruction to a group of buildings at the corner of Melvin & Parkdale in East Hamilton (formerly the George & Mary’s tavern & banquet centre). The existing buildings date from the 1880s, 1960s, and 1970s and included a banquet hall, tavern, and rooming house. Indwell purchased the building, which had undergone little maintenance in recent years, and intends to completely transform the building into 57 studio apartments, eight of which are barrier free. The ground floor includes a restaurant space and two retail storefronts, along with offices for Indwell staff.
Passive House elements include R55 roof, R35 walls, and R43 underslab insulation (all R effective), sun shades, Klearwall Passive House windows and glazing, and an attention to thermal bridge detailing. Windows are supported outside the wall structure with locally-made fiberglass angles, and the fibre cement and prefinished metal siding is secured with fiberglass clips. Insulation is Insulthane Extreme polyurethane spray foam with a global warming potential of one. The continuous air barrier is provided by Henry Blueskin SA, and the building achieved a final airtightness of 0.3ACH @50Pa. The apartments are heated and cooled by a high-performance HRV by Engineered Air with backup electric heaters. The majority of the new building materials are Canadian made. Many tenants have commented on the incredible comfort and security of their apartments. Indwell aim to build on these passive house qualities with other tenant supports like daily meals and programming with the goal of having lives transformed by hope.