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Salus Clementine is a 42-unit residence that provides housing to people with psychiatric illnesses. The residence was constructed in an established inner suburb of Ottawa, near public transport and local shopping. This project is ground-breaking because it is a community-based initiative to provide “housing first” to people who would otherwise be homeless and on the street. It has been proven that the most cost-effective way to solve homelessness is to provide safe, low-cost housing. This stabilizes the person’s life so that underlying causes of homelessness can be addressed.
This apartment building is the first of its kind – multi-unit affordable housing in a cold climate – to meet the international Passive House standard for energy efficiency. A mix of conventional construction methods and imported materials were optimized to achieve a building with a heating demand of 15kW/m2*a, total primary energy demand of 120kW/m2*a, and a blower-door tested air leakage rate of 0.35AC/hr at 50Pa. These standards reduce energy consumption related to heating by up to 66% compared to the 2012 Ontario Building Code and best practice with cost premiums directly associated with this performance found to be less than 10% over standard construction. This is achieved by greatly increasing insulation, reducing air leakage, eliminating cold bridging while providing exceptional interior air quality. The demand for heat is reduced to such an extent that no furnace is required and cooling loads are minimized. The result is a building that sets a new standard for environmental stewardship.
Further reading: http://www.csv.ca/salus-clementine