Scott Subaru – Car Dealership

  • by Stephen Quinn
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  • 2021-03-26 14:45:32
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  • International
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  • 2874 / EN

New Construction

  • Building Type : Other commercial buildings
  • Construction Year : 2017
  • Delivery year : 2019
  • Address 1 - street : 6863 50 Ave T4N 4E2 RED DEER, Canada
  • Climate zone : [Dfb] Humid Continental Mild Summer, Wet All Year

  • Net Floor Area : 1 542 m2
  • Number of Visitor : 3 Visitor

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Certifications :

  • Primary energy need :
    144 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

The world’s first certified Passive House Car Dealership was developed by a car dealership-family with an eye on long-term value. The owner sought a low impact building that would support his growing business. He readily admits that he’s not an avid environmentalist but recognizes the myriad benefits of constructing to the Passive House Building Standard. However, a key requirement was that any decisions made in pursuit of Passive House certification were not permitted to compromise customer or vehicle service in any way.   

The intent was not only to reduce the energy consumption of the building but also to greatly increase the comfort and health for all occupants of the building, staff and customers alike. One of the main driving concepts was to create a building that would serve as an example of what is possible and encourage the wider market to adapt to constructing to the Passive House standard.  

The harsh climatic conditions, site characteristics, and strict client requirements proved extremely challenging, demanding tremendous efforts from the entire design and construction team. 

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Photo credit

Scott Subaru


Construction Manager

    Black Creek Developments Inc.


Energy consumption

  • 144,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • 400,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • Other

    Space Heating demand: 11KWh/m2.a Space Cooling demand: 4KWh/m2.a Lighting demand: 8KWh/m2.a PHPP standard

Envelope performance

  • 0,08 W.m-2.K-1
  • The wall and roof assemblies are of timber construction and insulated with cellulose, deviating from the steel frame construction of typical car dealerships. Cellulose insulation provides several environmental benefits including reduction of solid waste and conservation of fuel due to its low embodied energy. Cellulose insulation consists of 80% or more post-consumer recycled wastepaper, which makes it one of the highest recycled content insulation materials on the market. More generally, the Passive House envelope ensures a highly durable, long-life building.

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The Passive House envelope and ventilation systems ensure minimal heat loss from the building and deliver unparallel levels of occupant comfort. The internal heat gains and passive solar gains provide the majority of the building’s heating requirements. The remainder is provided through efficient ducted split-unit air source heat pumps. The small demand for hot water in the showroom/office space is provided by a CO2-based heat pump. The car wash bay requires considerably more DHW at a high flowrate, requiring an on-demand gas water heater. To reduce gas demand, the team collaborated with a drain water heat recovery system manufacturer to develop a custom unit. To further conserve energy, the all LED lighting system has integrated motion detectors throughout the building, ensuring areas are only lit when in use. The building’s projected annual energy demand is an impressive 69KWh/m2, which directly lowers pollution in a province with a high carbon electricity grid. All services except the car wash are electric. In a natural gas shortage, car washing could be completed using cold water. Should the power grid go down, the Passive House envelope ensures the building will never freeze.

Real final energy consumption

    144,00 kWhfe/m2.year


    • Heat pump
    • Electric heater
    • Gas boiler
    • Heat pump
    • Fan coil
    • Double flow heat exchanger
    • Heat pump

    A constant supply of fresh air is provided to all occupied spaces through ERV systems. In line with Passive House guidelines, the office space has an hourly air change rate of 0.3ACH, and repair shop 0.4 ACH.

Urban environment

    The site was chosen due to its proximity to the old car dealership this building was replacing. The site has ample parking spaces and is close to a main highway. The site is also reachable using public transit links with a bus stop within walking distance.

Construction and exploitation costs

    The stakeholders do not wish to display the costs of this building.

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

This building is the first of its kind to be certified to the rigorous International Passive House Standard. Not only will the stronger building construction last longer than a traditional dealership, but the energy-efficient features are expected to reduce the building’s heating and cooling demand by 90 per cent. 

The project combines an unprecedented set of challenges: strict corporate design guidelines; non-negotiable client requirements (Passive House could not compromise customer or vehicle service in any way); worst case solar exposure (highly glazed West façade); building airtightness associated with accessibility (overhead doors) for vehicles; and the demanding ventilation requirements associated with the service wing of the building. 

Addressing this unique combination of challenges while delivering unparalleled comfort and air quality in a car dealership defines a truly ground-breaking project that places it in a league of its own. It is a beacon project that demonstrates what is possible for future car dealerships around the world. 

Building candidate in the category

Energy & Temperate Climates

Energy & Temperate Climates

Green Solutions Awards 2020-2021

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 908 Engineering
 Peel Passive House Consulting
 Passive House Institute
 Lex 3 Engineering
 Black Creek Developm
 energy efficiency
 health and comfort

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