The new home for the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce will be the first Certified Passive House with a predominantly mass timber structure within the Kootenays, and the first Municipal building to do so in all of Canada. COVER has been working closely with local CLT and timber manufacturer Kalesnikoff, to design a mixed-use building that will utilize high-efficiency and ecologically responsible materials. With a combination of uses, this new build will not only be a beacon of environmentally responsible design, but a proponent for a healthy, local economy. COVER has helped secure over $3.5 million dollars in funding to bring this project to reality, through the CleanBC Grant, and from the Columbia Basin Trust.
The Scott Subaru Dealership in Red Deer Alberta will be the first Certified PassiveHouse Dealership in the world! The certification guarantees that the energy use of the building will be dropped by 80% compared to code level construction. The construction has achieved an amazing .35 ACH air leakage rate, which ensures a very long life envelope. The project sets a new standard in Alberta and the world for commercial construction.
Road House is the first certified PassiveHouse multifamily residential building
in Canada. As part of a grant from the
province of BC and FortisBC “Super Efficient New Construction”, the project was
intended as a showcase of how accessible a high efficiency multi residential
building could be built with only a minimum premium over conventional
construction. The Bedford House was subsequently awarded the 2015 NAPHN Design
Award at the North American Passive House Conference.
The construction was based on standard Canadian construction to make construction methods easier and more accessible to local trades. The project also explores a number of other sustainable design principles such as energy production, water catchment, durable and healthy materials.
The Bell PassiveHouse in Nakusp is a Triplex, with detached garages that are outside of the PH envelope. The complex is designed for aging in place with all core elements located on the main floor, considerations for universal access and roll in showers. The envelope consists of a triple stud frame utilizing cellulose insulation. The roofs are designed to be solar ready.