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Passive House Canada: March Building Conversations
March 17, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Passive House Canada Presents March Building Conversations
“Ultra-low energy retrofits that maintain affordability are not only possible but critical to preserving and enhancing housing across the country. ” –Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects
Built in 1967, the Ken Soble Tower is the oldest high-rise multi-residential building in CityHousing Hamilton’s portfolio and has been in decline for several years. After considering several options including a sale, rebuild, capital repair, and rehabilitation, CityHousing opted to retrofit the building, making significant improvements at a fraction of the cost of a new build.
The building’s rehabilitation will modernize 146 units of affordable seniors’ housing while reinvigorating community spaces and outdoor gathering areas, planning for aging-in-place and barrier-free living, and a changing climate. The project will provide residents with improved comfort and control of their indoor environments and with the ability to withstand extreme climate events into the future.