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Dunvegan Halifax: High Value, Low Energy Passive House
Project Information
Size: 2290 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 4 + den
Estimated Annual Heating: $250
Solar Orientation: South to Side
Dunvegan Home Plan
PHIUS Pre-Certified

Net Zero Passive House Modern Spec Home

  • This 4 bedroom passive house was built as a testing ground for refining assemblies, trying new details, and simplifying mechanical systems. It was designed as a stock home plan, taking into account the wedge-shaped lot common to new suburbs.
  • A large, south-facing great room brings bright, warm light into the home. This is uncommon in urban neighbourhoods where homes are built with no regard to orientation.
  • The exterior styling references the classic suburban architecture of the 20th century, while keeping the finishes maintenance-free.
  • This home demonstrates the perfect balance between cost-effectiveness and cutting edge energy performance.

For this project, we wanted to test the market value of a Passive House compared to homes built with standard building methods. We chose to build on a lot in a small, new development with new homes of similar size and finish to our design. Although the cost to build a passive house was the same, it sold for more than the larger code-built house next door. We are happy with the result, proving that passive homes higher value is recognized in the market." ~ Natalie Leonard