the passive narrowtive
This showcase high-performance and innovative home is an ultra-sustainable, Certified Passive House that has become an important part of Vancouver Architecture.
On the main floor there is an open-plan kitchen/dining/flex space, and a south-facing living area with 12′ high ceilings. The split-level upper floor has 3 spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the lower-ground floor there is another living area and 2 bedrooms / bathrooms, one of which can either be part of the main house, or part of the secondary suite, which has a private entrance from a large light-well. The roof deck has spectacular views of the North-Shore Mountains.
To add further complication, the building is located on a narrow 25′ wide lot, requiring a clever space-efficient design with additional “fire spread” protection. Also, the site is located in a “Peat Bog” [soft soil] area requiring a highly engineered shoring, piling and structural system.
The development is part of the City of Vancouver / Passive House Canada’s Near Zero project.
For more information on the benefits of Passive House, visit http://www.passivehouse.ca/design-fundementals
2023 BSC Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Home Design (NAHB):
2022 National Awards for Housing Excellence (CHBA):
2022 Western Living Designers of the Year Award:
2022 HAVAN Awards for housing excellence:
2022 SIPA Building Excellence Awards:
2022 Georgie Awards:
2022 BSC Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Home Design (NAHB):
2021 Havan Awards for housing excellence:
2021 Georgie Awards:
Sheri Koones book: Prefabulous for Everyone [April 2023]
Montecristo: Modern Times [Winter 2021]
SAB Magazine: The Passive Narrowtive House [Fall 2021]
Vancouver Sun: East Van passive home proves ‘unbuildable lot’ perfect site for narrow build [May 2021]
Podcast: “Passive Passion” | Havan’s “Measure Twice Cut Once” Season 2 [April 2021]
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