Concept House Receives Passive House Certification

A big thank you to everyone who dreamed, inspired, built, sweat and cheered to make the Concept House a reality. In addition to its LEED for Homes Platinum certification the project has recently received its Passive House Certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS).

Solterre's process of 'Study, Shape, Share' continues with live data from the project available via its welserver site. As well, inquiries are always welcome at


Long overdue for an update

 What a busy few weeks we've been having at Solterre Design with lots of great things happening. Here's a quick peak at a few items: 


Valley Waste Resource Management Office Receives Passive House Certification:

The Valley Waste Resource Management office has recently received its Passive House (Passivhaus) certification, making it the first commercial project in Canada and the largest commercial project in North America to do so.  Natalie Leonard was the Passive House consultant on the project, which was designed by Solterre Design. CBCL Ltd. of Halifax was the mechanical consultant. LEED consulting services were also provided by Solterre Design, and the general contractor was Annapolis Valley-based Roscoe ConstructionFor more information on the Valley Waste Resource Management authority, click here.


Prospect Community Centre Achieves LEED Silver Certification: 

The Prospect Community Centre has recently achieved LEED Silver certification.  DSRA was the project architect and Bird Construction was the General Contractor, while Solterre Design provided LEED consulting services. Congratulations to everyone involved on the project and to HRM for the most recent addition to their LEED certified projects. 


Solterre Crew Goes for (the) Green 


In what is quickly becoming an annual event at the Solterre Office, the crew took part in a late-season golf game at the Briarwood executive course.  Colleen McHugh and Ian Anning shared the top prize (gloating rights) while David Gallaugher narrowly avoided a rogue (head) shot by Ian Campbell (sorry David!).  






Table Tennis Tournament Round 2 

The saga continues with WHW Architects hosting next week's second round of fast-flying action. Joining the fray is a crew from Breakhouse. Updates as to will carry the next title are forthcoming. 



Solar Powered Saws and More!

Construction of an off-grid residence on the south shore of Nova Scotia is well underway. The project has since turned off its generator and is now using a photovoltaic solar array to provide all of the power required for the remainder of the construction. 

Fundy Solar designed and installed this 0.7 kW array, which has a 4 kW inverter and a 4.4 kWh battery storage, all of which supplies a steady 24 volts. As construction progresses, we'll provide additional updates on both the project PV system powering the operation. 

A solar-powered construction site. 

A solar-powered construction site.