Passive House Movement finally reaches North America

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Austrian Passive house design by Marken Projects ready for North America.

Means, this house will keep you cosy in winter without furnace and cool in summer without air conditioner

Marken Projects Inc., a sustainable development and green building consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC, has finalized plans to construct the first Passive House in North America seeking LEED® Home Canada Platinum certification and using a European modular wood building system.

This 2,400 square feet, four bedroom single family home, will be consuming up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house. Due to its superior insulation and air tightness, the compact design and by taking advantage of passive systems such as solar gains, this house is able to maintain a comfortable temperature in winter and summer without any active heating and cooling. "Means, this house will keep you cosy in winter without furnace and cool in summer without air conditioner," according to Alexander Maurer director of Marken Projects.

The "Marken Passive LEED® Platinum Home" project is also participating in the LiveSmart BC Super Efficient New Construction program proposing to construct up to three demonstration homes in Ucluelet (Vancouver Island) and up to five in Vernon (Okanagan) within the next two years starting this fall.

While the Passive House idea is not new to Canada with a few houses already built, Marken Projects wants to bring it to a whole new level by introducing Passive technologies and expertise from Austria and Germany new to North America. "We are actually already working on a Passive House prefab collection with different designs and floorplans and are seeking a manufacturing partner here in Canada for this project. This concept is already well established back in Austria", says Alexander Maurer. "The concept is easily adaptable for multi family projects."

Inspired by the Modern Austrian Wood Design School, the open floor plan showcases a compact, sleek but simple rectangular design with 2 by 2 exterior slat larch siding, high ceilings and large south facing triple pane windows and doors commonly seen in European Passive House design.

The extensive list of Green Building features includes a highly energy efficient heat recovery ventilation and geothermal system, a flat roof mounted Solar Photovoltaic (Electricity) and Solar Thermal system (Hot Water), a rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling system, a green herb garden roof, south oriented triple glazed windows and sliding doors and last but not least the use of renewable, low-VOC materials throughout the design, making it a super green home.

Marken Projects Inc. was founded by Austrian-born Alexander Maurer with the goal to bring a fresh and forward thinking approach to managing, developing and designing Green Building Projects in North America.

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