Passive Design: Transforming a 50’s bungalow into an energy efficient, healthy home
Improving the existing building stock as the greenest way to build
Demolish and start fresh, or take the risk and renovate: In this case, the client was committed to transform this 50’s bungalow (aKa “Vancouver Special”) with basement in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver with a sound structure to build on into a durable, modern and energy efficient home.
The existing basement was kept with only some improvements. We have added a half storey maximizing the allowable living area (FSR) with the focus on improving the overall energy efficiency, using environmental friendly materials and ensuring a healthy indoor environment for this young family to enjoy. At the same time we gave it a new and exciting look.
For us, it is common sense to plan along the Passive Design principles, which essentially means optimizing solar gain, optimizing insulation, ensuring an airtight envelope, installing a high performance heat recovery insulation system and making the house as energy efficient as possible.
We are very happy for the family and congratulate them to their new, beautiful home.
All credits to team of Naikoon Construction who did a fab job on this project – more info on their work: Naikoon Construction