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LOCATION

Kentville, NS





SIZE

6705 sqft.

# BEDROOMS

12

ESTIMATED HEATING COSTS

$1,088

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FOUNDATION

R-34 ICF with walk-out basement

WALLS

R-47 SIP panel with 2x4 service wall

ROOF

R-93 Wood truss

HEATING

Air-air heat pump and electric
baseboard

VENTILATION

Tempeff cross-flow HRV:
88% efficiency

COOLING

Air-air heat pump

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DESIGN

Solterre Design

ENERGY CONSULTING

Passive Design Solutions

MECH/ELEC ENGINEERS

CBCL Limited

BUILDER

Roscoe Construction

LANDSCAPE

Outside! Planning & Design Studio


  • Valley Waste committed to a head office that embodied their corporate values: early requirements included energy efficiency and using local, durable and recycled materials.
  • This challenging site sloped considerably, and a balance was struck between the solar gain to the south and the great view to the north.
  • A compact building shape supports energy efficiency while providing uplifting and beautifully lit spaces.
  • Total energy savings for 30-year ownership predicted at $300,000.
  • The project is targeting LEED GOLD and PASSIVE HOUSE certification.
Having a mandate to take a leadership role in our communities in environmental stewardship, Valley Waste sought to achieve elcellence in energy efficiency in the design and operation of our new administration facility in Kentville. To that end, Natalie Leonard and Passive Design became an integral and valued part of our team as we incorporated "Passive House" standards into not only building envelope design, but also in the selection of fixtures and appliances and building operating practices. Our collective goal was to create a healthy and welcoming work space that met the highest standards while minimizing our carbon footprint, while from a financial perspective ensuring minimal utility costs for both present and future taxpayers of the Valley Region. With Natalie's knowledgeable input, we are well on our way to achieving those long term goals.
~ Ross Maybee, General Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Managment

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