The home is approximately 3300 s.f. of gross floor area. The owners have directed a highly durable, energy efficient, healthy-environment solution that allows them to age in place. The overall plan is efficient but comfortable and includes a large master suite and three other bedrooms, entertaining-scaled living and dining rooms, a unique kitchen-family room suite, den, main floor laundry room and a custom open central stair.
Sustainable design and passive features of the home include large overhangs to limit summer heat gain, increased south-facing windows for winter heat gain, airlock entries, durable stone exteriors, a fully sky-lit ventilated central stairwell, hybrid/optional open planning, preservation of and increased setbacks from a natural site watercourse and many other sustainable attributes.
The owners wanted a traditional home with ‘clean’, modern interiors. This is a “green” home that does not call attention to itself with overtly avant-garde design, materials or technologies. It shows that sustainable homes are not just for high-engineering, cutting edge design. Sustainability is not limited by a particular design aesthetic.
Meeting sustainable planning policies, the site is an urban infill near the Rideau River- Mooney’s Bay area of Ottawa. The unique site is exposed on three sides by the angular intersection of two streets. Despite the very tight site area, the design attempts to harmonize with the site by breaking down the mass, scaling with detail and emphasizing the horizontal to better integrate with the surrounding context.
Sustainable Design Features Include:
- Infill Location – No New Urban Infrastructure
- Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
- Open Web Joists
- Triple Glazed Windows
- Superior Insulation- ICF Entire Foundation/Walls
- Hybrid Roof Insulation R60
- High Efficiency Mechanical Systems
- Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
- Very High Efficiency Indoor Water Use. Ultra Low Flow Fixtures
- Low VOC Paints, Adhesive and Sealants
- Many Local & Environmentally Preferable Products
- Forest Stewardship Certified Hardwood Flooring and Cabinetry
- Construction Waste Management, Diverting Waste from Landfills
- Erosion Control During Construction
- Integrated Design Process
- Durability Evaluation and Management Plan
- Third Party Validation