Okanagan College Daycare - Passive House Certified

The first PHI certified non-residential Passive House building in Canada.

Okanagan College partnered with the Penticton and District Community Resources Society (PDCRS), who is operating the facility. The centre provides 64 spaces for infants and toddlers, ages 3-5 daycare, preschool programs and after school care.

The design emphasizes natural ventilation, which is driven by the Penticton-area climate and can be used for eight months of the year. The building complies with B.C. Step Code Level 5 (14 years ahead of the 2032 standard). The ventilation system, an 82 per cent efficient HRV, complies with BCBC, ASHRAE 62.1 and PHI. Heating and cooling is provided by air-source heat pump with variable refrigerant flow distribution. Southern orientation of heat pump unit allows for solar heat gain to enhance wintertime performance. Plumbing vent pipes are terminated below roof level via air admittance valves (AAVs). The whole roof is clear of penetrations—allowing for maximum solar PV installation—and has zero thermal bridges.

The hot water system is a hybrid heat pump unit, served by dedicated earth tube system to deliver tempered air to enable year-round hybrid operation. The earth tube draws free heat from the city sewer pipe that passes through the site.

The building has comprehensive monitoring systems for thermal performance and energy metering of primary sub-circuits.

When PV is installed, the building has potential to achieve Passive House Premium—which would represent another first for this impressive building.