May 21, 2014
Please Note: This article has been amended from the original to include the design and consulting firm, Marken Design + Consulting, involved in the Casa Pasiva project.
Passive House refers to a highly energy-efficient building standard that has been developed in Germany and used in Europe since the 1990s. Passive buildings, in short, are designed to be heated primarily by solar and internal gains, using only a small heating source with the aim of reducing energy consumption by up to 90%. Passive House standards are gaining popularity in North America as energy costs increase and interest in building sustainability grows.
One such project is currently under construction in East Vancouver. Designed by Marken Projects Design + Consulting and built by Econ Group Construction and Development, Casa Pasiva, an infill laneway house, will be an additional space to an existing property and specifically planned using Passive House standards.
Marken Design + Consulting, one of North America’s leading Passive House building design and project consulting firms, is committed to environmentally responsible design and building practices including Passive House, Net Zero, and LEED Platinum.
Econ Group Construction and Development Ltd. is a Vancouver-based, design-build firm focused on modern architecture and environmental responsibility. CanPHI certified and trained, Econ Group is at the forefront of passive house building in Canada.
Casa Pasiva, engineered to be a super-insulated, virtually air-tight, compact dwelling, features EuroLine Windows’ 4700 series ThermoPlus window and door system. The home is being constructed using Passive House standards and implementing the new Canadian fenestration regulations, and, according to Dalit Holzman, Econ Group’s Manager of Development and Communications, ThermoPlus high performance windows and doors were the obvious choice for this project.
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