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The Heights: Canada’s Largest Passive House Project under Construction in Vancouver

Posted by Sarah Lozanova, Guest Columnist

Mar 23, 2017 10:36:56 AM

The largest Passive House project in Canada is under construction in Vancouver, featuring 85 units of housing.

The largest Passive House project in Canada is under construction in the East Hastings corridor of Vancouver Heights. The project is named The Heights and is a six-story mixed-use building that will feature retail space on the first level and 85 units of rental housing above.

“A Passive House is special because it is a more comfortable building to live in than a typical building. It doesn’t have drafts, it has fresh air, it isn’t cold near the windows, and it uses 10% of the heating energy for a typical building,” says Scott Kennedy, principal of Read More

Affordable Net Zero Housing—Everybody Wins

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 10, 2017 5:42:51 PM

The McKnight Lane project is the first in the nation to feature net-zero affordable housing for lower-income families. 

BEING LOW INCOME does not mean having to live below safety standards—especially when you’re talking about living through the frigid winters of Waltham, Vermont.

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Surplus Shipping Containers as an Eco-Friendly Housing Solution

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 28, 2016 11:09:38 AM

Surplus shipping containers are plentiful, and some say even aesthetically pleasing, so here is how some say they make an eco-friendly housing solution.

From Trucks.com, we found this story on how shipping containers are being used as student housing, floating showrooms, a store, self-contained farming units and even a replica of Stonehenge.

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Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction Projects Receive Development Grants

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 4, 2016 1:28:17 PM

Architects and builders are looking to wood as a sustainable alternative for mid-rise construction.

THE COUNTY'S FIRST mid-rise wood frame construction projects will soon be going up, one on each coast. These buildings will rely on mass timber construction, a category that includes engineered beams, or glulams, and the less familiar cross-laminated timber panels.

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Efficiency Times Two

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 13, 2016 4:58:46 PM

This cohousing duplex in Washington State generates enough solar energy for two families, plus their electric cars.

BELLINGHAM-BASED design/build firm TC Legend Homes loves to build overachieving homes. The firm’s latest project features a 9.9-kW PV array, which not only produces enough solar electricity to meet its own energy needs, but will produce surplus power to charge two electric cars. Nicknamed the Power House, the home has earned a HERS Index score of -15. It is the first of its kind in Whatcom County.

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