BC Passive House Factory

Type of Building
Commercial & Industrial
Location
Pemberton
Size
1,500 sq. m.
Architect
Hemsworth Architecture
Completion
2014
Structural Engineer
Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Project Owner
B.C. Passive House

Project Overview

BC Passive House (BCPH) Factory began prefabricating its own high-performance building components after successfully assembling Canada’s first Passive House-certified structure, the Lost Lake PassivHaus, which was shipped as a kit of parts from Austria to serve as that country’s hospitality house for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As demand increased, BCPH began planning a larger factory, one that would provide employees with as high-quality a work environment as they were producing for others. 

Wood Use

The facility includes offices, a showroom, and a high-bay workshop, all contained within a simple rectangular volume. Douglas-fir post-and-beam frames, at six-metre intervals, span from the sides to a central line of columns, forming the main structure. Continuous ledgers on either side of the beams support prefabricated wood-frame roof panels. Exterior twelve-metre cross-laminated timber panels are laid horizontally in a staggered pattern for the walls and are topped with continuous clerestory windows to provide daylight and views in all directions. The showroom and office walls are framed with wood I-joists, super insulated, and certified to Passive House standards. The exterior cladding is of prefabricated panels of horizontal Douglas-fir and dense, durable larch boards.