Affordable Housing

Passive House: milestone for Vancouver’s affordable housing development

Ryder Architecture has received unanimous approval from the City of Vancouver Council for their Passive House affordable housing development for Brightside Community Homes Foundation

by Georgina Johnston 18 December 2020 Sustainable Buildings

The design of the development is in response to the foundation’s ideals; the mandate to build and foster resilient communities for those who struggle to meet the demands of market housing. Predicated on the creation of affordable housing that focuses on livability, the design is warm and inviting, sensitive to its context, cost effective to construct and maintain, as well as being highly energy efficient.

The project involves the redevelopment of two existing affordable housing buildings and consists of 157 studio and one bedroom suites in two, six storey buildings. When completed, the development will provide much needed additional secured, affordable non-market rental housing to Brightside’s community of affordable homes, providing accessible, affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities in Vancouver in a distinct time of housing need. 

The project is being designed and constructed to the international Passive House standard, with substantially reduced energy requirements, better occupant comfort, and a lower operational carbon footprint. Future climate modelling, solar shading, and tempered cooling strategies are being employed to achieve optimal energy performance as well as provide high indoor air quality and thermal comfort for the at-risk population who will call these new buildings home. 

This project provides many community benefits, including improved interactions with the public realm, landscape and urban agriculture opportunities and connections to the community. Most importantly, this project proposes a substantial increase in the affordable rental housing stock in the community, a critically under supplied resource.

W. Schmidt, Principal, Ryder Architecture

The project is expected to begin construction early in 2021.

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