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Affordable Passive House apartments slated for Kingsway and Windsor

Kingsway and Windsor in East Vancouver will soon see the addition of a 12-storey apartment building with 88 social housing units. 

The project is a collaboration between the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA), Community Land Trust and New Commons Development. Architecture is by ZGF.

All the homes are rental and will be offered at below market rental rates.

The new building at 1001 Kingsway will be built to Passive House standards and consists of a six-storey podium mass and a six-storey tower, made up of panelized and mass timber construction.

Windsor Street Looking Southwest
Windsor Street looking southwest. Credit: VAHA/ZGF Architects
Level 2 and Level 6 Outdoor Amenity Spaces
Level 2 and level 6 outdoor amenity spaces. Credit: VAHA/ZGF Architects
Kingsway Looking Northwest
Kingsway looking northwest. Credit: VAHA/ZGF Architects

Sustainability strategies will include:

• Low window-to-wall ratio and orientating glazing to maximize daylight and minimize solar heat gain

• Triple-glazed (Passive House certified) windows

• Super insulated wall and roof assemblies

• Repeated high performing details to minimize thermal bridging and air leakage

• LED lighting throughout

• Low-flow fixtures throughout

• Fully electrical building systems, eliminating gas-fired appliances and mechanical equipment

• Operable exterior shading on the west elevation

• System-level mechanical cooling

The building is designed as a series of connected gardens, with vegetation stretching from street level to the sixth floor rooftop amenity space, which will contain planters, communal seating, a BBQ and children’s play area.

There will be 6,462 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, as well as 44 underground parking stalls.

The project team held an open house in late September. The rezoning application heads to the Urban Design Panel on October 16, 2019.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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