An innovative 24-unit social housing project constructed with LOGIX
was recently recognized by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing
Association (CMHC) for “Best Practices in Affordable Housing” in 2008.
The Ucluelet First Nation spans nine reserves on the west coast of
British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, where the moist and damp climate
wrecks havoc on conventionally built homes.
“An average wood frame typically lasts for only 25 years in this region.” states George Nenzel, the designer and site supervisor for the awardwinning project. “In fact, I just recently inspected a stick-frame home that will probably have to be demolished only 7 years after it was built. The problem is mould and it costs the CMHC millions of dollars every year in this region for retrofits and renovations due to moisture and mould.”
The challenge presented to Mr. Nenzel and the other members of his team, Linda McKoryk and Doug Muir, was to develop an exceptionally sustainable, and yet, affordable design for the project.
LOGIX ICF’s were a key element in the project. The combination of LOGIX walls with a hydronically heated concrete floor cut the heat load almost in half and eliminated the need for an expensive back up heat source normally required by CCMC on reserve. Interior LOGIX wall surfaces were coated with acrylic stucco and cement-based siding was applied to the exterior. The roofs were finished in steel.
“The project came in on time and on budget.” notes Mr. Nenzel. “And these units will provide comfortable, healthy and affordable housing for generations.”
What’s next for Mr. Nenzel and his design team?
“Our goal is to design and build a net-zero subdivision in a remote reserve using LOGIX.” says Mr. Nenzel. ” In these remote locations, the electricity is generated by diesel generators and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, even for a small community. Image the impact of a net zero subdivision!”
LOGIX is the #1 selling ICF in North America. By providing a wall system that is more energy efficient, stronger, more sound resistant, and more environmentally sustainable than virtually any other construction method, LOGIX Insulated Concrete Forms make it easy to build green.
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Arrowsmith Developments (1994) Ltd.
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LOGIX Insulated Concrete Forms Ltd.