Looking at SoLo—an off-grid, all-electric, mass timber Passive House residence in the remote Soo Valley near Whistler, British Columbia—it’s hard to think prototype. Yet, as Cillian Collins, senior architect at Perkins + Will’s Vancouver office, discussed in his Happy Hour presentation, SoLo was a trial run for Delta Land Development in embracing both Passive House and mass timber. SoLo was such a success that Delta currently has two larger mass timber projects in the works: an 8‑story residential building in Bellevue and the highly anticipated Canada Earth Tower.
Delta’s Senior Vice President Kirk Robinson, who made a guest appearance, admitted he had always been a devotedly steel, glass, and concrete person. But he’s a changed man now. He praised the Passive House elements, the perceptible quality of the building, its acoustic performance, and the beauty of the wood elements. “No one has to pay a price in aesthetics to achieve this level of sustainability,” he said.
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Brett joins Matthew to discuss his entree to Passive House and his academic work examining the interplay of Passive House and structural engineering.
Check out the details from Michael Ingui's Happy Hour presentation on retrofitting for Passive House Plus certification in a Landmark District.
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