About a month and a half ago, Marken Projects, founded by developer Alexander Maurer and based in Vancouver, BC, announced plans to build this 2,400 square foot home.  It’s going to be Passive House certified, LEED Platinum certified in Canada, and built using a German modular wood building system.  Needless to say, it has all the components of the kind of projects we like.



The Marken Passive LEED Platinum Home was designed by architect Silvia Steurer to consume up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling, and building operation than a standard house.  It’ll do that with extreme insulation, air tightness, and some good old fashioned passive solar design techniques.

Some other green aspects of the home include an efficient heat recovery ventilation and geothermal system, a flat roof mounted solar photovoltaic and solar thermal system, a rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling system, a green herb garden roof, south oriented triple glazed windows and sliding doors, and the use of renewable, low-VOC materials throughout the home.

As a side note, if you’re interested in building your own Marken Passive Home, you can purchase the plans at House Plans.  The House Plans version gives you the option to build with ICFs and SIPs.  In the mean time, we’ll keep in touch with Marken Projects to catch the final stages of construction of the Marken Passive LEED Platinum Home.






Rendering credits: Marken Projects.