New passive house affordable housing development receives approval in Vancouver

Ryder Architecture has received unanimous approval from the City of Vancouver Council for their Passive House affordable housing development for Brightside Community Homes Foundation.

The design of the development responds to the foundation’s mandate to build and foster resilient communities for those who struggle to meet the demands of market housing.

Rendering courtesy of Ryder Architecture

The project involves the redevelopment of two existing affordable housing buildings and is comprised of 157 studio and 1-bedroom suites in two, six-storey buildings. When completed, the development will provide additional secured, affordable nonmarket rental housing to Brightside’s community for seniors and people with disabilities.

“It’s so exciting to see the legacy of seniors affordable housing in Grandview Woodlands continue with this great project,” says Lilian Chau, Director of Community Real Estate at Brightside, following the approval of the project. “The development is also Passive House, with great indoor/outdoor space to foster social connection, while enabling seniors to age-in-place with grace and dignity.” 

The project will be constructed to the international Passive House standard, with substantially reduced energy requirements, better occupant comfort, and a lower operational carbon footprint. Future climate modelling, solar shading, and tempered cooling strategies are being employed to achieve optimal energy performance as well as provide high indoor air quality and thermal comfort for the at-risk population who will call these new buildings home.  

Warren Schmidt, Principal at Ryder Architecture, explains, that “this project provides many community benefits, including improved interactions with the public realm, landscape and urban agriculture opportunities and connections to the community. Most importantly, this project proposes a substantial increase in the affordable rental housing stock in the community, a critically undersupplied resource.”  

The project is expected to begin construction early in 2021. 

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