Blaine Beach House
Situated on the north shore of Birch Point, this high-performance beach home enjoys a view across Boundary Bay to White Rock, BC, and the BC Coastal Range beyond. Designed for indoor-outdoor living, the many decks, patios, porches, outdoor fireplace, and fire-pit welcome friends and family to gather outside regardless of the weather.
This high-performance home is certified by the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program and the EnergyStar program. In fact, an assessment by an independent testing and rating agency shows that the home will only use 53% of the energy of a typical new home, all while being more comfortable and healthier. As with all high-performance homes, this one lands in a sweet spot that both returns an excellent, comfortable, healthy home to the owners, and produces a building that minimizes its environmental footprint.
Project Team: Bellingham Bay Builders
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
|Oriented for passive solar collection, excellent daylighting through window placement
|Great solar access, high efficiency Orenco septic system, on site stormwater infiltration
|Dual-flush toilets, low-flow fixtures
Energy & Atmosphere
|ZERH certified home with HERS score of 53, heating and cooling with a ductless mini-split heat pump, heat pump water heater, LED lighting, heat-pump clothes dryer, tight building envelope with less than 2.2 air changes/hour
Materials & Resources
|Construction waste recycling by Lauts, salvaged Fir timbers, salvaged Elm millwork, recyclable materials (e.g. metal roofing & concrete slabs)
Indoor Air Quality
|Lifebreath heat recovery ventilation system, tight building envelope, rain-screen siding installation, water-managed building membrane, no VOC paints & finishes, durable floors in wet rooms
Certifications & Education
|DOE ZERH, EnergyStar