When completed in the fall of 2018, Spire Landing in Vancouver will be one of Canada’s largest multi-unit Passive House developments. Located at Fraser Street and East 57th Avenue, the project is part of the city’s Rental 100 program, which allows Spire Development to bring the project to the market at below market rental rates.
This high-performing six-storey rental building will consist of 95 rental units and features numerous amenities including shared common rooms, roof-top terrace, and bike spaces.
Designed by Cornerstone Architecture, the building combines increased insulation values with high quality air barrier materials and detailing. The mechanical system consists of multiple heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems, each unit providing multiple suites with fresh air. Windows and doors are triple glazed, passive house certified and south facing openings have exterior sun shading to assist with solar heat gain.
“The Passive House concept originated in Europe, and we are extremely excited to bring this technology to Vancouver,” says Lawrence Green, president of Spire Development.
Pete Rackow, co-founder of Spire Development, adds, “The cost of Passive House construction is more expensive than constructing a traditional building; however, the final product is much superior in terms of air quality, noise reduction, and carbon footprint. With the city’s support, we now have the perfect opportunity to revolutionize the rental experience for Vancouverites, especially given our current housing crunch.”
Spire Landing is strategically placed in South Vancouver with easy access to downtown Vancouver and YVR. The neighbourhood features a diverse mix of nearby restaurants, cafes, parks, and retail options.