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January 1, 2019

Goldstream Avenue

Goldstream Avenue

Owned and operated by the Greater Victoria Housing Society, this six-storey wood-frame building will be providing 102 affordable housing units plus supporting space to low- to moderate-income families, seniors, and working adults.

The building will include underground parking.

The project is striving to meet Passive House standards within a very tight budget, leading the design team to prioritize solutions that are durable, low maintenance, and cost-effective.

Wood framing was chosen for its sustainability and familiarity to local trades.

Exterior insulation and thermal-bridge-free cladding attachments, along with a vapour-permeable air barrier and exterior sun shading, are helping this building to achieve the highest possible performance.



Greater Victoria Housing Society


Cascadia Architects

Structural Engineer

RJC Engineers

Mechanical/ Electrical Engineer

Williams Engineering

Building Envelope and PHPP Consultant

RDH Building Science


Heating demand

12 kWh/m²a

Primary energy

120 kWh/m²a

Air changes per hour

0.6 ACH₅₀ (design)v


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