The Passive House model was made available in an affordable kit format by EkoBuilt in 2015; this year anyone in the Ottawa region has a tremendous opportunity to watch the build of one of these kits.
The EkoModel House is well underway in McNab-Braeside just west of Ottawa. Occupying a 10-acre property with rolling hills, the 2,509 square foot, four-bedroom home is very much in keeping with its surroundings and is being engineered with reduced development impact as a priority.
The house comes comfortably under the 3,000 square foot benchmark set for four-bedroom homes by the Canadian Green Building Council, and would be awarded 4 LEED points. In addition, the home:
- meets the Passive House surface area to volume ratio of 0.75
- features a very low maintenance low-slope roof system that eliminates dormers and valleys
- incorporates materials and systems designed with performance, durability, and lower maintenance in mind, that are also local, recycled and renewable
- consumes very little energy and has a high degree of albedo (reflectivity), thereby minimizing the heat island effect
To find out more about the EkoModel home and to arrange a visit, please see details on our newly launched Ottawa Passive House project website.