The 1950’s bungalow in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver featured a half-below grade basement and a first floor. The design team lopped off the old roof and added a new story to maximize living space within the same footprint. Marken Projects handled the redesign of this “Vancouver Special” into a modern, energy efficient and healthy home for a young family while Naikoon Contracting from North Vancouver handled the reconstruction.
As a starting point, the home was redesigned in line with passive house ideals, but is not certified. This includes optimizing the home for solar gain, maximizing insulation, ensuring an airtight envelope, installing a high performance heat recovery insulation system and making the house as energy efficient as possible. They achieved an ACH rate of 1 and an EnerGuide score of 86. The home also includes low-VOC products and other eco-friendly materials that ensure a healthy indoor environment for the family.
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