Britco Builds Canada’s First Multi-Unit Modular Passive House for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

by ahnationtalk on November 11, 20151292 Views

BELLA BELLA, BC (November 10, 2015) Britco, a Langley-based modular builder, has designed, built and delivered Canada’s first multi-unit modular building adhering to Passive House standards. International Passive House standards are currently considered one of the highest levels of energy efficiency for buildings.

In order for a building to be certified to Passive House standards, it must pass a rigorous quality assurance process that meets a criteria that includes space heat demand, primary energy demand and pressurization testing.

“The Bella Bella Passive House was designed to require a maximum of just 600 watts of heat per unit, even on the coldest day of the year,” said Monte Paulsen, the Certified Passive House Consultant who advised the project on behalf of Red Door Energy Design Ltd. “Certification to the standard will ensure that these design criteria will be achieved, and that the residents will be comfortable for years to come.”

Although Passive House projects are fairly well-known in Europe, these concepts are quite new to North America.

“We’re proud to be among Canada’s leaders in modular Passive House projects,” said Britco’s president, Obie Erickson. “It’s very exciting that we were able to deliver Vancouver Coastal Health Authority a building that was both cost effective and extremely energy efficient – and within a tight timeline.”

This project for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority consisted of six, two-storey townhomes designed to house hospital employees in this remote area of BC’s Central Coast.

About Britco

Britco is one of the largest modular construction companies in the industry, providing innovative solutions to temporary and permanent residential and commercial modular buildings. Britco offers leading design-build capabilities as well as turnkey construction management services for a wide range of customers in the construction, energy and resource sectors.

Britco is headquartered in Langley, British Columbia. Britco’s parent company is Vancouver-based WesternOne Inc., (TSX: WEQ). Additional information about Britco and WesternOne is available at, or

About Red Door Energy Design

Red Door Energy Design was the Passive House Consultant on the project. Red Door helped Mobius design the building to achieve certification to the international Passive House standard, modelled the building in the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software, inspected the modules during construction, supervised airtightness detailing in Bella Bella and provided airtightness testing both in the factory and on-site.


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