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Olive Urban Retreat: A Passive House Solution for a City Lot
Project Information
Size: 2340 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3 + office
Estimated Annual Heating: $265
Solar Orientation: South to Back
Dunmore Home Plan

Urban Net Zero Passive Solar Passive Home

  • This 4 bedroom Passive House was our first project on a serviced suburban lot, with the street frontage to the north and the backyard facing south. The front façade is a balance between reducing north-facing windows while providing eyes-on-the-street.
  • The important spaces in the floor plan were placed at the back of the home to enjoy the views and privacy of the backyard.
  • The plan responded to the clients need for a house that would feel as large as their previous, while maintaining a scale appropriate to the neighbourhood and construction budget.
  • A storage space above the garage exists in-between layers of the thermal boundary. Insulation levels were tuned to maintain temperatures above freezing without any dedicated heating.

Knowing of Passive Design Solutions, we realized we had the perfect opportunity to design and build a high quality home that met the highest standard of energy-efficiency. Through the process, we always felt safe and well taken care of...and the team's expertise and integrity are second to none. We love our house. We love the brightness, we love the layout and functionality, and we love the efficiency. And, we get to have all this on a lot in the city...right where we want to be.”~ Cindy Brown