Furnace-Free Home Earns Award for Energy Efficiency

In early November last year, Brookfield Residential opened the doors to the first passive house built by a major Alberta builder.

While it appears to be a typical home, at 2,500 sq. ft., with three bedrooms and two baths, it is anything but typical because it has no furnace and uses 90 percent less energy than the typical home. It is heated by the sun, cooled by strategic shading and powered by a solar array.

“This is a tremendous project and one very unique to Alberta; the interest in it has already surpassed anything we expected,” said Doug Owens, Brookfield’s senior director of strategic development and regulatory affairs, at the opening of the home last year. “Our team members and our trade partners are incredibly proud to have helped start a conversation about leading innovation in our industry.”

The theory of passive house design and construction aims to maximize gains and minimize losses. With super-insulated walls and roof, air-tight construction and ultra-efficient windows, the home is draft-free and incredibly quiet, said Owens. Sixteen-inch thick timber walls, concrete floors and metal roofing mean it can withstand extreme weather over the years.

The home, located in Brookfield’s northwest community of Symons Gate, was designed in Canada, engineered and pre-fabricated in Germany, then shipped to Calgary where Brookfield’s experts worked with project partners to complete the home.

Just recently, the Canada Green Building Council Alberta Chapter awarded the home the Inspiring Home Award at the second annual Alberta Leadership Awards gala.

The award is presented to a high-performing, sustainable residential project in Canada that demonstrates a healthy and sustainable living environment. The project must also contribute to the betterment of the community and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability with best practices in a broad range of criteria.

“Brookfield Residential is honoured to receive the Inspiring Home Award. What this award stands for truly aligns with the original vision of the home,” says Dean Guidolin, design manager at Brookfield Residential. “Our team set out to pilot a project that addressed pre-fabrication, low carbon construction and 2030 energy code targets. We also wanted to prove that an energy-efficient home could also be a luxury home, providing an unmatched level of quality, comfort and security.”

Passive house is a global standard of energy-efficient construction. Canada’s National Energy Code will require homes in 2030 to be 80 percent more energy efficient than homes built today.

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