Thursday, May 27, 2010

Photos of Building a SuperGreen Home

I've started a photo album to document construction of our sustainable housing project at 38/40 Nijmegan Road in Takhini North. As I described in the previous post, we are hoping to get this building double green certified: SuperGreen and as the Yukon's first LEED certified home.

Although there is lots of "green" in the project design, the project is really designed around truly sustainable housing concepts. That is a project that is not only environmentally sustainable, but also socially and financially sustainable (I wrote about this the Elements of Sustainable Building Design in a previous post). I've illustrated the interrelationship of the various elements of sustainable building as follows:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Building the Yukon's First Double Green-Certified Home

Today we broke ground on what we hope will be a the Yukon's most sustainable home. It is a duplex project that myself and two partners have started in the Takhini North infill area. I'll try to setup construction progress photos in the next few days, so check back soon. Here is what the building is going to look like:

Project Description: 38 & 40 Nijmegan Rd. is a privately developed residential duplex project. The project principals are based on bringing truly sustainable housing to the community. The building is based on a classic duplex from the turn of the last century—therefore is a classically lovable building. Each half is two bedrooms and relatively small at 960 ft2 plus a 480 ft2 unfinished basement. The size of the building is to fill a void in the Whitehorse housing market: high quality, smaller homes. The building site is centrally located in Whitehorse, Yukon in a residential infill development project called “Takhini North”. The building is designed with three major themes: Super energy efficient, Durable and Healthy.

Project Objective: To build a truly Sustainable home: A home that is an asset to future generations, not a liability. A Sustainable home project means:

Building Owner/Occupant
Building Team
Financially Sustainable
Affordable to buy, own, operate & maintain (Simple, compact design; Energy efficient & Durable)
Financially successful project for team members.
Environmentally Sustainable
Reduced environmental impact of construction & operation (Energy efficient). Healthy for occupants.
Healthy & safe for building team during construction.
Socially Sustainable
· Occupant: Lovable house, pride in ownership, dignity in housing, promote social interactions.
· Community: Lovable house, contribute to streetscape / tribute to community, promote social interactions.
Happy Team: enjoyable project to work on; Pride in work & being part of a great project.
Key Themes:
1. Super Energy Efficient
Super insulated house; well sealed.
Annual heating cost to be <$400 / year.
2. Durable
Comprehensive building Durability Plan. Building is planned to last for more than 100years. Design includes adaptability elements to allow the building to be easily modified over time.
3. Healthy Indoor Environment
Ventilation plan & verification;
Use of healthy / low emission materials inside.
Demonstrating Sustainability:
Two “green” certifications are being sought for this project:
4. Yukon Housing’s Super GreenHome Certification: This will be one of the Yukon’s first privately built Super Green homes.
5. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)[1] for Homes Certification: If achieved, this will be the first LEED Certified home in the Yukon.

[1] Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED is a consensus-based system for rating the design, construction, operation, and certification of the green buildings administered in Canada by the Canada Green Building Council

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Our Miniature House

Was sent a link to this picture today - our house looking like a miniature; too cool.