Strict Passive House regulations pose challenges for developers

October 11, 2017 1:53 pm

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It will be a challenge to build the world’s tallest passive-house towers, admits developer Kevin Cheung, who has submitted a rezoning bid for two such highrises in Vancouver’s West End.

Based on requirements developed by Germany’s Passive House Institute, a passive structure must meet rigorous building standards that significantly improve energy efficiency, with up to a 90 per cent reduction in energy use. Theoretically, the standard can be applied to any building type, but in Canada it has so far been restricted to detached houses and low-rise buildings.

If rezoning is successful, Landa Global Properties and Asia Standard Americas will build two condominium towers of 43 and 48 storeys to passive-house standards at 1400 Alberni Street. The tallest passive structure is a twin-tower project with 28 and 31 storeys, located in Bilbao, Spain.

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