Brightside Community Homes Foundation Vancouver, BC Property, Canadian Residential Design

Brightside Community Homes Foundation, Vancouver

30 Sep 2020

Brightside Community Homes Foundation Affordable Housing

Location: Edward Byers and Loyal Orange buildings, 1425 and 1451 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Architect: Ryder Architecture

Passive House Affordable Housing Development

Key Milestone Achieved for a New Passive House Affordable Housing Development in Vancouver

Ryder Architecture has received unanimous approval from the City of Vancouver Council for their Passive House affordable housing development in Vancouver for Brightside Community Homes Foundation.

Brightside Community Homes Foundation Affordable Housing
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The design of the development is in fact in response to the foundation’s ideals, namely the mandate to build and foster resilient communities for those who struggle to meet the demands of market housing. Predicated on the creation of affordable housing that focuses on liveability, the design is warm and inviting, sensitive to its context, cost effective to construct and maintain, as well as being highly energy efficient.

The project involves the redevelopment of two existing affordable housing buildings and is comprised of 157 studio and one bedroom suites in two, six storey buildings. When completed, the development will provide much needed additional secured, affordable nonmarket rental housing to Brightside’s community of affordable homes, providing accessible, affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities in Vancouver in a distinct time of housing need.

Following the approval of the project, Lilian Chau, director of community real estate at Brightside, said, “It’s so exciting to see the legacy of seniors affordable housing in Grandview Woodlands continue with this great project. The development is also Passive House, with great indoor / outdoor space to foster social connection, while enabling seniors to age in place with grace and dignity.”

The project is being designed and constructed to the international Passive House standard, with substantially reduced energy requirements, better occupant comfort, and a lower operational carbon footprint. Future climate modelling, solar shading, and tempered cooling strategies are being employed to achieve optimal energy performance as well as provide high indoor air quality and thermal comfort for the at-risk population who will call these new buildings home.

Warren Schmidt, principal at Ryder, explained, “This project provides many community benefits, including improved interactions with the public realm, landscape and urban agriculture opportunities and connections to the community. Most importantly, this project proposes a substantial increase in the affordable rental housing stock in the community, a critically under supplied resource.”

The project is expected to begin construction early in 2021.

About Brightside Community Homes Foundation

Brightside is a non profit organisation that provides safe and secure affordable homes for those struggling to meet the demands of market housing – specifically seniors, families, and people with disabilities.

Brightside builds resilient communities, throughout Vancouver, and is one of the city’s largest and longest standing housing societies with nearly 70 years of experience. Brightside owns and manages 26 buildings comprising over 900 homes.

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