For the design of the Dalebright Passive House, the team at Lanefab Design/Build utilized a variety of innovative features to create a space that is bright, spacious and sustainable

“It's an east/west-oriented lot, which is often difficult in an urban setting because the house to the south blocks the winter sun,” says the team.

The home is designed with 17-inch-thick R45 walls, double-stud assembly with batt insulation and an exterior peel, and a stick air barrier. In keeping with Passive House criteria, the home utilizes a high-efficiency heat recovery ventilator (HRV).

Triple-glazed wood and aluminium Vetta Windows imported from Poland give the home plenty of natural light, and a ducted mini split for heat and A/C keeps the homeowners comfortable throughout the year (tiled areas of the home feature electric floor warming).Dalebright Passive House insideLanefab“In this case, we stepped the upper floor back and turned it toward the south with a big overhang for summer shade,” says the team, “ The upper floor overhang is angled to provide a large roof deck space that is set back to reduce overlook into the neighbour's front yard.”

The covered patio and dining room are also protected from the summer sun by an overhang. The wood cladding was re-sawn from the lumber of the old house that was previously onsite, and 80 percent of the roof’s rainwater is sent to a rain channel at the back of the house. This channel is actually visible from the central axis of the home as you enter from the foyer, creating a home that is bright, spacious and eco-friendly.