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'Passive' houses get a foothold in Canada

Energy efficiency guides design of these residential spaces

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Station Point Green, Edmonton. Architect Terrell Wong has published a new book, Passive Buildings in Canada, documenting the rise of the Passive House movement in Canada. A Passive House must be built to an ultra-strict set of energy-efficiency guidelines first outlined in Germany in 1990. Station Point Green is one of the few high-rise examples.

Hartwig Architecture

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The Cook Residence in Castleton, Ont., designed by architect Terrell Wong, has walls of rammed earth.

Terrell Wong

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A photo of the Cook Residence under construction shows the compacted layers of earth that provide very high insulation value. Passive House homes generally use just one-tenth the energy of the average home.

Terrell Wong

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This Whistler, B.C. duplex sports prefabricated wall panels. ‘For my whole life I’ve been looking towards finding a way to get to lower energy,’ says Ms. Wong, ‘and [the Passive House] is just one of those ways.’

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Straw Bale Cottage, Baysville, Ont., by achitect Terrell Wong.

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