Britco Bella exterior

Britco sets new mark in energy efficient modular construction

Canada's first multi-unit passive house built by Agassiz company

  • Nov. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

An Agassiz manufacturing facility owns a little bit of Canadian history.

Britco has designed, built and delivered Canada’s first multi-unit modular building adhering to Passive House standards. International Passive House standards are currently considered one of the highest levels of energy efficiency for buildings.

This project was built at Britco’s Agassiz facility.

In order for a building to be certified to Passive House standards, it must pass a rigorous quality assurance process that meets a criteria that includes space heat demand, primary energy demand and pressurization testing.

“The Bella Bella Passive House was designed to require a maximum of just 600 watts of heat per unit, even on the coldest day of the year,” said Monte Paulsen, the Certified Passive House Consultant who advised the project on behalf of Red Door Energy Design Ltd. “Certification to the standard will ensure that these design criteria will be achieved, and that the residents will be comfortable for years to come.”

Although Passive House projects are fairly well-known in Europe, these concepts are quite new to North America.

“We’re proud to be among Canada’s leaders in modular Passive House projects,” said Britco’s president, Obie Erickson. “It’s very exciting that we were able to deliver Vancouver Coastal Health Authority a building that was both cost effective and extremely energy efficient – and within a tight timeline.”

This project for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority consisted of six, two-storey townhomes designed to house hospital employees in this remote area of BC’s Central Coast.

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