When I first mentioned the Mendoza Laneway House, it was one of the first laneway homes in Vancouver under the city’s EcoDensity program. The company behind that efficient SIPs home, Lanefab, and its partners, designer Bryn Davidson and builder Mat Turner, have been busy and recently completed the first Net-Zero Solar Laneway House on a corner lot at 57th and Vivian. It’s beautiful inside and out.
The home features a warm exterior palette of black rock stucco and cedar and was built with triple-glazed Cascadia windows, 1′ thick SIPs, and 18′ multi-fold doors that create a nice connection between the great room and the outdoor patio.
Other green features include LED lighting (95% of all lighting), a 500-gallon rainwater collection tank, WaterCycles drain water heat recovery, a Venmar high-efficiency HRV, an air-source heat pump for space heating and water, and a Cent-a-Meter whole house energy monitor.
In addition, the home is net-zero energy with the help of a solar photovoltaic array of 12 panels. The system generates extra power in the summer, which is sold to the grid, and draws on the surplus during cold winter months.
The home has one bedroom, two bathrooms, and 1,020 square feet. The total construction cost was about $320,000, which Davidson assures me is affordable for the likes of Vancouver.
As with other Lanefab projects, this home was documented with tons of construction and other product photos in a Facebook album.
Credits: Dylan Doubt Photograph; Lanefab (floor plans).