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This energy-efficient, green laneway house built by Smallworks was showcased at LiveCity Yaletown, David Lam Park, one of two City of Vancouver celebration sites, during the 2010 Winter Games. West House is now being returned to its legacy site at the Cedar Cottage Community Garden located at 2009 Stainsbury Avenue.
The two-level home, with 610 feet of living space plus a 226-square-foot garage, is the first of its kind to be constructed in Vancouver since the City of Vancouver recently passed zoning for laneway housing. West House was built as a collaborative project between Simon Fraser University and the City of Vancouver with major sponsorship from Western Economic Diversification Canada and BC Hydro Powersmart.
Smallworks’ founder Jake Fry joined the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, along with representatives from SFU and the Government of Canada to officially open the doors to the home, called West House, at 1 pm February 10th. The home will be on display to the public until February 28, 2010.
“We are delighted to be part of this important event that demonstrates made-in-B.C. green innovation and values,” said Fry. “Our role in building West House shows that, like the City of Vancouver, Smallworks is committed to building sustainable and humane housing with a small environmental footprint.”
Laneway homes are garage-sized structures built on the existing lot of a single-family dwelling (at least 33 feet wide and facing onto an open lane). The homes can be used by students, boomerang kids, aging family members, caregivers or others. Smallworks believes these homes, which replace carports or garages, can help ease the severe housing affordability problem in Vancouver while serving as mortgage helpers.
West House was built with local B.C. materials, including a cedar exterior, and outfitted with sustainable fixtures and appliances that meet Energy Star ratings. The fixtures and appliances in the home are so green that they require no more than 1.5 kWh of energy per person per day, under normal living circumstances. The average amount of energy used daily in a standard-sized home is over three kWh.
The roof is a photovoltaic panel that generates over one kilowatt of electricity each day.
West House’s Proprietary Building envelope surpasses standards set out in the City’s Green Code and is designed for superior air quality and thermal performance.
West House was made possible thanks to our Sponsors:
and our Partners and Contributors:
Dec 1, 2009 - Construction of West House offsite start
Jan 15, 2010 - Construction of West House offsite finish
Jan 18 2010 - Installation on Olympic site start
Jan 22, 2010 - Installation on Olympic site finish
Feb 12-28, 2010 - Olympic/Paralympic Games Showcase
April 1, 2010 - Deconstruction, move and installation to Legacy Site
June 1, 2010 - House occupation
July 1, 2010 - First prototype solar array refit
July-Sept 2010 - First full prototype of control system
June-Sep 2010 - First prototype of interactive system
July-Dec 2010 - First user study of interactive systems
Jan-Feb 2011 - Full sustainability/engineering analysis
Jan-Jun 2011 - Occupant study (second user study)
June 2011 - First full revision of control and monitoring system
Sep 2011 - Technology transfer outreach workshop
Oct 2011 - Prototype integration with Smart meters
Mar 2012 - Second revision of control and monitoring systems to integrate with SmartMeter and new devices
Mar 2012 - Analysis and second redesign of solar array
Feb 2012 - Solar thermal analysis and reimplementation
June 2012 - Architectural and design review
June-Dec 2012 - Final occupant studies and interface review.
Dec 2012 - The official project ends.
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