Passivhaus, adjacent lot being sold

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Fort St. John’s Passive House, or Passivhaus, has run its course with the city as council…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Fort St. John’s Passive House, or Passivhaus, has run its course with the city as council has motioned to put the structure up for sale.

The house, built in 2015, was a project to prove conservation can be accomplished in the north. The house was used as an example as the city prioritised conserving water and energy while reducing both costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Council held a closed meeting on February 22nd, approving to release the decision to the public, according to the March 8th council agenda. Council moved to declare both the passive house (9904 94th Street) and the adjacent lot (9912 94th Street) as surplus and approved the sale of the properties.

Communication Coordinator Ryan Harvey says the decision is due to the city not having any further use for the energy-efficient home.

According to Passive House Canada, it was the third certified single-family passive house in Canada when it was built.

At the time it was built, the structure cost $276 per square foot, which is around $500,000 for the 1900 square foot home. In 2014, the average home costing between $250 and $350 per square foot depending on the finishing details. Cost savings were possible due to the interior finishing options chosen, no need for a furnace, and low utility bills.

The city is sending out a request for proposal Monday to begin accepting bids for the properties, which will be sold separately.

The home has won several awards over the years, including the Canadian Green Building Award in 2016.

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