Located amidst single family homes and other multi-unit residences in a Windsor neighbourhood is the site for Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation’s new Affordable Passive House at 3100 Meadowbrook Lane.
Designed to the Passive House Standard this 10-storey residential complex brings much needed affordable housing to the city of Windsor. The 143,000 square foot building has 145 affordable housing units, as well as shared community spaces on each floor. The building creates a comfortable and healthy environment for all residents with a strong emphasis on creating community through vertical neighbourhoods.
The massing has been oriented to work within the context of the site and to take advantage of the view of the golf course while balancing the wall to glazing ratios. The large expanses of glazing are reserved for the community levels, to connect the ground floor community spaces to the streets and forecourt. On the upper residential levels, larger windows are reserved for living room areas while bedrooms will receive more discrete windows for privacy.
The proposed landscaping will integrate the overall building within the surrounding site context including for deciduous trees in keeping with the neighbourhood and providing summer shading and winter sun to the buildings.
Ground floor programming has not yet been determined and the space is to be left open and as flexible as possible. The building will be traditional cast in place concrete with a factory built Passive House wall component with the windows installed in the factory.
143,000 sq. ft.
Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation
Peter Ng, Deborah Byrne, Kelly Fisher, Irene Rivera, Natalie Krakovsky, Dan Mc Neil, Esther van Eeden
This project redefines the way people think of energy efficient design within the context of providing affordable housing. The Putman Family YWCA is designed to the Passive House International Standard as it mobilizes YWCA’s core values of providing comfortable, healthy, secure, resilient and safe housing for women.
At Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. (KMAI), we understand the significance of Passive House design methodology. True sustainability comes from measures and practices we make to limit our impact on the earth, allowing us to live as we do today without continued long-term effects on the planet. We collectively, have been working on Passive House since 2009.