Efficient Modular Duplex in Yellowknife

You may recall a practical green prefab by SMPLy Mod that we featured about a year ago.  This duplex is by the same design firm, SMPL Design Studio (Joel Tanner), with new partners 9 Dot Engineering and Mod Home Developments.  The team employed modular construction to finish the duplex at 133 Moyle, and the homes perform quite well for being so far north: they require 55% less energy for heating and power.

The 1,300 square-foot homes, each with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, received an EnerGuide rating of 82, according to Joel Tanner at SMPL Design Studio.

This was accomplished with super efficient wall and roof assemblies (2×6 walls with 2.5″ of exterior rigid foam), upgraded Jeldwen doors and windows, passive solar lighting and heating strategies, on-demand hot water heating, and heat recovery ventilation, Tanner tells Jetson Green.

Additionally, the green homes, which were built in a factory by Mod Home Developments, have Energy Star appliances, durable metal and cement-board siding, xeriscape landscaping, and solar pre-wiring for a future rooftop PV system.

[+] More about 133 Moyle from architect SMPL Design Studio.

Credits: Kyle @ With Media – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.


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  • Russy Reeves

    Wow.. the interior is excellent, especially the kitchen. I have installed similar Maple kitchen cabinets in my kitchen. How much the house worth?

  • http://twitter.com/SMPLDesign SMPL Design Studio

    Russy Reeves; building in yellowknife is a completely different story than any other city in Canada. Labour, and materials are very expensive. The building codes are very strict from an energy efficiency standpoint. The construction cost inclucing design, engineering, and permits ran 250$ per square foot. The similar home built anywhere else in Canada would be 50-75$ less per square foot.

  • http://www.betterbuilders.com/ Linda Walker

    I’m speechless! From the architecture to the interior of the house. All harmoniously chosen and extremely elegant.

  • greenotter

    I liked the exterior design immediately. It takes no “period of adjustment” to like. Well, some of their other designs, I just don’t like at all.

    On this one, they followed a simple rule I learned from an art teacher. When hanging paintings, align them at the top. So, in the facade, you see the windows and door top aligned, and it works. There’s more to it than that though, and they got it all right on this one.

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