Canada's Most Affluent Ski Resort Gets First Affordable Passive House

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On Saturday, April 14 2012, the doors to the first B.C. constructed home to meet international Passive House standards, will open for public viewing in Whistler. The Rainbow Duplex designed by Marken Projects, uses up to 90 per cent less energy for heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house. Solar hot water, subsoil heat exchanger and cross-laminated timber decking are a few of the extensive sustainable building features incorporated into the prefabricated design, which also meet requirements for Whistler’s Price Restricted House Initiative.

Rainbow Passive House Duplex Whistler

“We’re very excited to see the continued growth of PassivHaus construction in Whistler,” said Mayor Wilhelm-Morden. “Affordability and energy efficiency are both core to our long-term sustainability strategy in Whistler.”

B.C.’s First Passive House Doubles as Affordable Housing for Whistler Families

On Saturday, April 14 2012, the doors to the first B.C. constructed home to meet international Passive House standards, will open for public viewing in Whistler. The Rainbow Duplex designed by Marken Projects, uses up to 90 per cent less energy for heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house. Solar hot water, subsoil heat exchanger and cross-laminated timber decking are a few of the extensive sustainable building features incorporated into the prefabricated design, which also meet requirements for Whistler’s Price Restricted House Initiative.

“One of the major hesitations associated with ultra low energy buildings is the construction costs,” said Alex Maurer, director of Marken Projects and a leading expert in Passive House Design and Planning. “We wanted to show that building sustainably isn’t only for the affluent. With a little innovation homes can be both energy efficient and affordable.”

The Passive House or PassivHaus standard originated in Germany in the late 1980s and is fast becoming the world standard in green, sustainable building techniques. It is estimated there are over 30,000 passive house buildings around the world. In 2010, a passive house from Austria was assembled in Whistler for the Olympic Games, however, the Rainbow Duplex marks the first Passive House to be solely constructed in B.C. using primarily local products. The structure was assembled in 4 ½ days using a prefabricated panelized system manufactured by BC Passive House.

“We’re very excited to see the continued growth of PassivHaus construction in Whistler,” said Mayor Wilhelm-Morden. “Affordability and energy efficiency are both core to our long-term sustainability strategy in Whistler.”

The Rainbow Duplex Passive House is located at 8448 Bear Paw Trail, Whistler. It will be open for public tours on both Saturday April, 14th and 28th from noon to 7 pm. To schedule an appointment to view please email: lydia(at)durfeldconstructors(dot)com. For more information on the project, visit http://www.markenprojects.com and http://www.whistlerpassivehouse.com. High-resolution images available on request.

Marken Projects Inc. – Founded by Alexander Maurer, Marken Projects is a multidisciplinary, award-winning architectural design and project management firm based in Vancouver, B.C., dedicated to high performance building design & construction. Marken Projects actively promotes forward-thinking, holistic and environmentally responsible practices and is a member of the Canadian Green Building Council and the International Passive House Association.

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