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This project was an effort by my brother Lukas Armstrong and I, to design and build a home requiring very little energy to heat and maintain. With insulation values double what are required by B.C. building code, triple pane windows, extremely well detailed vapour barrier, and a high efficient heat recovery ventilator, the home costs about $500 a year to heat. Using long lasting and recyclable materials inside and out results in a building with very little maintenance costs and low embodied energy over its lifespan.
Using Skyholm as the model, we later applied for a Super-Efficient New Construction (SENC) grant from FortisBC and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas. The funding received from SENC led to the design and build of Bedford RoadHouse, one of only a few certified Passive Houses in Canada.