A peek inside Passive House

Fort St. John opened the doors to its Passive House on Tuesday morning for a tour with local media. 

"This is a home where you can live extremely comfortable north of the 56th parallel of Canada," said Mayor Lori Ackerman. "Energy is not just a commodity, but a responsibility." 

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The house, designed to be environmentally friendly, was paid for by the city. 

The house cost $580,000, about $240,000 more than its original budget. The building was handed over to Paul Gillis and Catherine Ruddell to act as caretakers and measure how people would live in the home, and to get a clear picture of its energy consumption. 

Gillis and Ruddell seemed pleased with the house.

"We're really on the right track, and we're kind of ahead of the pack," said Ruddell.

"The City of Fort St. John has a certified passive house before the greenest city, Vancouver, has a passive house, and that's something we can be incredibly proud of.

"There's the idea we don't care about green initiatives in the north, and that's not true," she said.

The house will be open to the public on Nov. 14 and 15 from noon to 4 p.m. The house is located at 9904 94th Street.


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