"Although it was centrally located on a commercial street in Revelstoke, the lot where a heritage building had burned down was an awkward size that didn’t play well with modern zoning rules. And so it lay empty for 35 years. But to David Arnott, principal of Squamish-based Stark Architects, it didn’t look like a problem. It looked a lot like opportunity.
Now the project has become the first office/commercial building in North America—and one of only 24 in the world—to be certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany (passivehouse.com).
Passive houses are green buildings constructed according to a set of international design standards that ensure they use up to 90 per cent less energy for heating and cooling than conventional buildings. They also produce far fewer of the greenhouse gases that are linked to climate change."