Nigel Valley

Victoria, British Columbia

The Nigel Valley project consists of a series of buildings on a 9-acre parcel owned by five housing and care operators. Many of these buildings require significant renovations, and the operators recognized that together they could realize a more-cohesive neighbourhood plan than they could do by proceeding individually.

Rendering courtesy of Cascadia Architects Inc.
Cascadia Architects

For this five-storey building—part of the first phase of the overall redevelopment—the Nigel Valley steering committee is targeting net zero energy ready and Passive House certification.

This building is owned and operated by the Greater Victoria Housing Society, with a portion of funding coming from BC Housing.

Passive House Metrics
Heating demand 15 kWh/m²a
Cooling and dehumidification demand 0 kWh/m²a
Primary energy 120 kWh/m²a
Air leakage 0.6 ACH₅₀ (design)

The ground floor features commercial units, with 70 residential units above, ranging from bachelor to four-bedroom layouts. Increased insulation, triple-pane windows, and HRVs are some of the strategies being used to achieve the targeted performance.

Goldstream Avenue
Ken Soble Tower