Fort St. John Passive House

Fort St. John Passive House

Canadian Green Building Award

A green story by Marken Design + Consulting.

With the municipal slogan “The Energetic City” we should not have been surprised when a young, ambitious sustainability & planning team approached us to design a Passive House for a inner City lot which should serve as a demonstration project for future developments planned in a new sustainable neighbourhood in Fort St. John, BC.

The City of Fort St. John is aiming to become an environmental leader in the Peace River region through the use of pervasive sustainable and environmental best practices. They own a 37-hectare site that is currently zoned for agricultural use. They have deemed that the future use of the site should be principally residential and has allocated it for implementation of a sustainable neighbourhood plan.

The City drafted a concept plan for a sustainable neighbourhood in 2009. In their view, the implications of the neighbourhood reach beyond the confines of the 37-hectare site. They are interested in developing an approach that can be tested and refined and eventually applied community-wide.

In essence the current neighbourhood plan is a learning demonstration.  It is a classroom where new approaches and new technologies can gradually be introduced to the Fort St. John area through developing local skills and supportive policies, and providing residents and decision-makers with familiarity and confidence.

This single family residence is the NORTHERNMOST Passive House in North America and the 1st DETACHED PASSIVE HOUSE RESIDENCE in British Columbia.

The project will also incorporate the following:

  • Photovoltaic Panels - Passive House PLUS
  • Low flow fixtures throughout
  • Prefab Wood Panel construction
  • Native landscaping and permeable paving where necessary
  • Lumber from FSC certified sources
  • Flooring and millwork from sustainable sources
  • Regionally sourced materials where possible and appropriate
  • Use of recycled materials where possible
  • No VOC to be used
  • Handicap accessible

This residence has been completed in late 2014 and was certified by the US Passive House Institute. 

This project was certfied by the Passive House Insitute USA, short PHIUS. PHIUS is a nonprofit organization that provides building certification, training, education and research to promote implementation of Passive House Building Energy standard, as well as the design approach and techniques to accomplish that standard.