Local Practice is currently designing two buildings that will contain 90 below-market rental apartments for the SFU Community Trust. The buildings are pursuing Passivhaus certification, and have the highest expectations for energy efficiency, quality and the creation of a unique community on Burnaby Mountain. With the SFU Community Trust, the project team is striving to create a precedent for BC's Lower Mainland, to prove that rental housing can be livable, affordable and sustainable for the long term. The outdoor public spaces will be of particular note, designed as they are to support a wide range of community activities from solitary reflection to community events.
The project prioritizes simple passive approaches to energy conservation: a super-insulated building envelope, high performance window systems and carefully planned connection details greatly improve performance with minimal long-term maintenance. A heat-recovery ventilation system ensures that the apartments have high quality indoor air without unnecessary energy loss. Self-supported canopies and thermally-separated sunshades add texture and interest to the facades while protecting the indoor spaces from overheating in the summer months.
Finally the project represents a unique educational partnership between Simon Fraser University and British Columbia Institute of Technology. By using the project during the design and development as a living lab for students, they can build the capacity to deliver the high performance buildings in the future that our society so desperately needs.
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