Sep 2020 Decarb Lunch: North America’s First Passive House Fire Hall: City of Vancouver Fire Hall #17

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Past Event: Sept 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


North America’s First Passive House Fire Hall: City of Vancouver Fire Hall #17

The City of Vancouver’s Fire Hall No.17 project replaces the existing facility with a high-performance and fully electric building that will also act as a city-wide and post-disaster emergency hub.

As Vancouver’s second largest training fire hall, the new facility will have four drive-through apparatus bays, a full-size hose/training tower, a training yard, and accommodation for two full crews. Because the building is designed as a post-disaster facility, it will also be fitted with IT, radio, supervisory control and data acquisition, and traffic control equipment. It’s designed that so any firefighter in the building can get to a fire truck in 60 seconds.

The new fire hall is the first in North America to pursue Passive House certification. The project is also pursuing LEED v4 Gold and Zero Carbon Building Standard certifications. To achieve these low carbon and low energy performance targets, design strategies include an optimized orientation to benefit from local climate conditions, an airtight envelope, efficient air and water heat recovery systems, a low carbon mechanical system that utilizes a geo-exchange field with ground source heat pumps, and an on-site solar PV array.

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Key project team members from HCMA Architecture + Design and Integral Group will present the fire hall’s design and construction journey and outline the unique features of this facility. This will be followed by a moderated expert panel discussion.


Elise Woestyn, Architect AIBC, CPHD, Architect – HCMA Architecture + Design

Elise is an advisor, architect, and building scientist specializing in low energy and low carbon, sustainable design. As Certified Passive House Designer, Elise is effective at balancing passive design elements and active building systems for optimal performance, and her experience spans projects from small residential developments to large community infrastructure.

Jay Lin, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, Associate – HCMA Architecture + Design

Jay is a conscientious architect and project manager, who for 20 years has delivered facilities with some of the most strict technical and operational requirements. A creative and versatile architect, his projects strike the balance for facilities and public spaces that perform and delight. Notable projects includes Hillcrest Centre (Vancouver Olympic / Paralympic Centre) and Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park, Steveston Fire Hall (Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award of Excellence) and UniverCity Childcare Centre (Living Building Challenge petals certified). Jay also has extensive experience managing and advising public safety clients on fire hall headquarters, including for City of Vancouver, Richmond, Victoria, Prince George and Squamish. The Vancouver Fire Hall No. 17, currently under construction, is targeting Passive House, LEED Gold, Net Zero Carbon (CaGBC) and Net Zero Energy (as defined by FCM).

Scott Ghomeshi, P.Eng., CPHD, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager – Integral Group

With over ten years of experience in the mechanical consulting engineering field, Scott Ghomeshi has been involved in a diverse range of projects including institutional, aviation, commercial, residential, and industrial. As a Project Manager and Certified Passive House Designer at Integral Group, Scott has quickly built himself a reputation for his active involvement in creating sustainable solutions which embody resilient and regenerative design strategies for the built environment Scott is also a part-time instructor for the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Passive House Tradesperson course where he endeavours to empower builders to find practical mechanical solutions in accordance with the principles of Passive House design and construction.