Red Castle Passivehouse

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1 October

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

5840 Red Castle Ridge


Red Castle Passivehouse

This Passive House is the ultimate example of beauty, comfort and health coming together. The real experience begins when you enter the home…
As you walk through the 42” wide solid pine door, you’re welcomed into a large entrance with 17’ ceilings and a double sided bioethanol fireplace surrounded by cultured stone and a live edge butternut mantle. To the right is a short hallway with custom butternut floating shelves which leads to a beautifully designed powder room.
Walk around to the fireplace and you’re astounded by the view through the 23’ wide 7’ tall window. The great room has custom shelves made of gas pipe and reclaimed floor joists which surround a 55” TV. You look down and notice you’re standing on reclaimed pine floors from the Ottawa River.
The dining room is home to a custom table made of 100 year old reclaimed floor joists and this is where you realize the 20” deep window sills made of butternut. Beside this is an award winning kitchen which has concrete counter tops, custom bar stools and a butternut backsplash. The pot filler above the induction cooktop is a nice touch and the pantry is perfect for all the vegetables from the garden.
The second floor has 3 bedrooms to the East and the master on the West. The ensuite has every woman’s dream… A claw foot tub with an exquisite chandelier hanging above it surrounded by windows. The walk-in closet has a custom barn door made of more reclaimed floor joists and the 10’ wide window in the bedroom is perfect for watching the stars at night.
When you go down to the basement you notice that there’s no difference from floor to floor. The basement does not “feel like a basement” and the cork floor is so nice under your feet. And another 23′ wide window!

More technical details

The purpose of this project was to prove that energy efficient homes do not need to be complicated… And that is exactly what this home proved. The envelope is so efficient on its own that there is no need for fancy, expensive mechanical equipment that you need a Masters to run and a PHD to service.
The double stud walls with the exterior load bearing wall made the framing of this home very similar to typical framing. The only real difference was the fact that the floor joists were hung instead of siting them on the foundation and walls. This allowed us to keep the air barrier continuous and was a huge factor in why this home achieved a 0.43 ACH.
The house was angled so that the rear of the home could maximize sun exposure in the winter months. The overhangs block the sun in the summer months and keep the home cool. The air tight home with R-73.5 walls and R-94.5 attic keep the temperature consistent throughout the home.
The 2 ERV systems run 24/7 and keep the indoor air fresh and clean. The solar panels on the roof are part of the MicroFIT program which makes this home cash flow positive throughout the year. This is also done while being fossil fuel free!
The hot water is heated with an air source heat pump which uses the heat produced from the inverter for the solar panels. The home is also heated with air source heat pumps which double as air conditioners for the summer.
The double sided bioethanol fireplace is a nice touch for setting the ambiance for romantic nights. The reclaimed pine floors add an additional warming feel to the home and the butternut trim, which was sourced within 800km, add a touch of country elegance.
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