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Net Positive Symposium (Oct 30, 2017)
Jointly presented by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and Passive House Canada (PHC)
This Symposium focuses on the connection between net zero energy and passive house ideas, techniques, and technologies, with a specific focus on the how to, with examples and implementation.

Passive House Deep Dive (Oct 31, 2017)
Presented by the Passive House Canada (PHC)
Dive in to current design and construction challenges, emerging solutions and best practices. This deep-dive is aimed at those familiar with Passive House design wanting an in-depth exploration of solutions to the challenges being encountered by today’s project teams.
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Monday, October 30 • 15:30 - 16:15
Desert Rain: a Living Building Challenge Project
DESERT RAIN (read the full case study here)
Bend, OR

Desert Rain is a residential compound, located on a 0.7-acre parcel on the edge of a historic downtown neighborhood. The focal point is the building called Desert Rain: a 2236-square foot, one-story residence with a stucco exterior, graceful rooflines and a striking curved wall which greets visitors on approach. The wall threads through the building and exits out the opposite side, near a walkway which connects this main residence to the other buildings: a 489 square foot accessory dwelling unit called Desert Sol, a 512 square foot detached garage, which supports more solar panels and houses the rainwater collection cistern, and Desert Lookout, an 815 square foot second dwelling above a garage and the central composting system. The structures cluster in the southeast part of the site; to the north, a constructed wetland filters greywater from all three dwellings. Native plants, rocks and pavers fill out the common areas.

The home was inspired by the owners’ desire to build an “extreme green dream home” in 2008. Although they were well into the design process when they heard of the Living Building Challenge in the fall of 2009, they decided to adapt the existing plan to meet the challenge. This proved to be more difficult and expensive than anticipated, resulting in a painful (and expensive) decision to scrap the original plan in December of 2009 and begin afresh.

Desert Rain is the product of many talented and committed individuals: the core team, comprised of the designers, general contractor, landscape architect, water systems engineer and sustainability consultant, as well as the many subcontractors and craftspeople who contributed their specific skills. Consultants from near and far lent their expertise, and representatives of municipal and state agencies met with the team to hammer out code issues. Suppliers and vendors worked with the team on materials selection and vetting.

Finally, hundreds of people including schoolchildren, family, friends, residents of Bend and people who were simply curious or craving a dose of inspiration have toured the project in various stages of construction.

The core team met innumerable times over the years, often around a dining room table. Though the owners, Thomas and Barbara Elliot, were the ultimate decision makers, the process was extremely collaborative. While more time-consuming, this process ensured a more holistic and integrated design.

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Al Tozer

Architectural Designer, Tozer Design, LLC

Monday October 30, 2017 15:30 - 16:15 PDT
UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7 Canada