In 2017, Oxford County raised the bar for energy efficiency by including Passive House requirements in all Requests for Proposals (RFP) for new affordable housing developments. Before that, the County held information sessions for builders, developers, architects, planners, engineers and other service managers to increase knowledge about Passive House requirements.
With Blossom Park, Oxford County is leading by example in new affordable housing construction. The development will provide a significant learning opportunity for the local building community, serving a ‘living laboratory,’ to access and track greenhouse gas emissions. It will also create a scalable and repeatable process that will drive future development decisions.
Oxford County, like other municipalities, is hobbled by an inefficient supply of existing buildings, and even though building codes have improved over the years, most new buildings cannot compare to the affordability of dwellings with low-energy heating/cooling requirements that can be supplied entirely by renewable electrical energy.
Indwell has agreed to share utility outputs, as well as the various mechanical and building systems used in the development, to serve as a model for other builders. Post construction, regular tours will be offered to increase knowledge about the project and the rigorous Passive House standard.