SoLo Passive House
Beyond Net Zero
Located in the Lower Soo Valley, SoLo sits alone atop a hill, paving a new path to sustainable living. This atypical dwelling challenges conventions in both aesthetics and construction. SoLo is PHI Low Energy Building certified, built with off-grid innovations such as a two-layer envelope. The outer layer is heavy timber, shielding against the weather with a generously insulated inner acting as the thermal barrier. Geoexchange, photo-voltaics and a back up hydrogen fuel cell eradicate fossil fuels and combustion allowing this self-sufficient home to produce more energy than it uses. As an all-wood product without glue, DLT was chosen as the mass timber panel for the module roof and walls. Douglas Fir was selected as the primary exterior and interior material offering a natural and simple aesthetic. The fine line aesthetic of the panels beautifully highlights the natural properties of Douglas Fir. Since every aspect in a passive house affects the build, SoLo prototypes the future for a beautiful, efficient and comfortable alpine living space.