UBC Okanagan Skeena House

PUBLIC Architecture + Communication
Certified Passive House Consultant
RDH Building Science
Sawchuk Developments
Mechanical Engineer
AME Consulting Group
Electrical Engineer
Jarvis Engineering Consultants

Kelowna, British Columbia

Aiming to be a pioneering Passive House–certified student residence, the six-storey Skeena House will provide 220 bedrooms and amenity space to UBC Okanagan students.

Renderings courtesy of Public Design

Completing an ensemble of residence buildings encircling the Commons Field, the project focuses on student life and support services while synching up with the existing campus.

The first floor of Skeena House contains communal lounges, activity rooms, and a laundry that encourage happenstance gathering and passive surveillance.

To maintain safety and privacy, the upper five floors contain the residence apartments, semiprivate living, and study areas.

Passive House Metrics
Heating demand 9.4 kWh/m²a
Cooling and dehumidification demand 2.4 kWh/m²a
Primary energy demand 70 kWh/m²a
Air leakage 0.6 ACH₅₀ (design)

The design maximizes efficiency through a repeating floor plan of a shared bathroom flanked by two bedrooms.

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