After much discussion here are some of the things we hope to include in the project.
We are excited to get this project moving.
The house will be monitored in construction and operation to verify the environmental performance as set out by the Living Building Challenge
A number of ideas have been circulating through our minds on how to achieve the request list of our clients. Budget is a huge consideration. So is the long term value of the project. Since they don’t intend on moving in the near future some more interesting approaches can be considered.
The approaches we considered were:
2. Built Green
Weighing each of these programs out Built Green is the easiest. It’s simply a best practices in construction and building techniques. LEED for homes came into the middle of the pack however the upfront design costs and detailed analysis required before submission meant that we are already late in applying.
From the early stages partnering with Integral Group seems to be a good strategy. Integral group have extensive experience in all these green building assessment procedures including 30 LEED Platinum projects and 3 Living Building Challenge Buildings.
Living Building Challenge seemed like the simplest and most challenging. Requirements are for building performance to measured over the course of a year, as opposed to LEED which requires intense modelling simulations. As we are closely connected to the Cascadia Region Green Building Council the Living Building Challenge was the more obvious choice.
Starting out our clients have had a clear vision of the features we needed to in the house
Other things that we have included in this house
The project has been funded by the Vancouver Foundation. This is a hugs step in supporting the affordable housing efforts in our community. Funding like this will reduce the amount of borrowing from financial institutions, and allow us to increase the scope of the project to perhaps meet the Living Building Challenge.
Cities should be looking to fund projects like this in order to reduce the costs of health care. Providing affordable accommodations on infill pieces of land we believe will change the scope and feel of our cities. Having a challenged family member or aging parents living on the same property allows so many more opportunities for affordable housing in the Okanagan.
Affordable lane way housing will also result in a stronger more resilient community. In other cities infill lane way housing has resulted in increased community interaction, safer streets, and more beautiful walking spaces. It might be difficult for city planers and residents to see this but it will increase the happiness of the city.