Award Winning Passive House On Display This Weekend

The Fort St. John Passive House has received LEED Platinum Certification/Photo: Montana Cumming

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John is inviting the public to tour the passive house from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 18th.

The public is invited to come and tour the home that is 90% energy efficient.

The city describes the passive house as:

“Put simply, a passive house is a house that is almost air tight, gets most of its heating from the sun and has such an insulated building enclosure/envelope (floor, walls, roof , windows and doors) that it only requires a small amount energy to heat and cool – which it gets from solar panels. With so little to spend on heating and electrical costs a passive house is affordable housing. But with the superior air quality and the quiet (thick walls, doors and windows block out noise) it is also a luxury home. It is truly luxury affordable housing.”

Mayor Lori Ackerman says the city is proud to show off the award winning structure.

“We welcome the opportunity to show off our award winning project to the community so that everyone can learn how to make their current homes – or their future passive house construction – energy efficient and more comfortable.”

The house won a Canadian Green Building Award on June 6th at the annual Canadian Green Building Council’s National Conference in Toronto.