Honours for retrofit of post-World War II home

Honours for retrofit of post-World War II home

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Beechwood project, a deep energy retrofit of a post-World War II bungalow, was honoured with a Canadian Green Building Award at the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) national conference in Vancouver.

The Greening Homes project, which won in the residential category, transformed an old two-storey bungalow in Toronto’s East York area into a highly efficient building that surpassed Passive House air-tightness requirements for new construction.

“The Beechwood home showcases what can be done for Toronto’s aging building stock,” says Christopher Phillips, president of Greening Homes. “It also demonstrates what can be achieved when everyone – from the homeowner to the trades people – commit to creating a high performance building.”

Prior to the retrofit, the home had no insulation or ventilation. Now, the home is evenly heated and fossil fuel free, with an electric heat pump drawing heat from the soil underneath. According to the owners, electric bills have dropped as well.

The process involved an architect, sustainability consultant, third party testers, mechanical engineer, builder, and other professionals from the high-performance building industry.

Together, the team optimized features for energy efficiency, high indoor air quality and low water consumption, such as the home’s glazing, insulation, mechanical system, to name a few.