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City’s passive house on the selling block

Demonstration project opened in 2015

Fort St. John will soon be looking for buyers for its passive house.

Council voted to sell the house and adjacent lot during a closed door meeting Feb. 22.

Started in 2012 and opened in 2015, the house was built on 94 Street as a demonstration project on energy conservation building standards.

A passive house only requires a small amount of energy to heat and cool. It’s built to be nearly air tight, and gets most of its heating from the sun.

Designed by Marken Design + Consulting, the house received LEED Platinum certification for its design in 2017, and has earned a number of national and provincial building awards.

The house cost the city $580,000 to build, nearly double its original budget.

The city had always planned to sell the house, though over the years it has served as a demonstration home, recruitment housing, and most recently as an office for the Community Development Institute.

At the time of its construction, the house was the most northern passive house in North America, and one of just three single-family passive homes in Canada.