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Construction underway on Vienna House

Feb 20, 2024 | Public | 0 comments

Construction is underway on the seven-storey, 123-unit Vienna House project in Vancouver, creating affordable and sustainable homes for individuals, seniors, people living with disabilities, and families.

“This affordable-housing project is providing individuals and families with 123 safe and environmentally responsive homes, so people can stay in the community they know,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing. “Our Homes for People action plan is all about increasing housing supply faster, so everyone can find a home that suits their needs, and it is partner projects like this that are helping us reach our housing goals.”

The project at 2001 Stainsbury Ave. is the result of a partnership between BC Housing, City of Vancouver and More than a Roof Housing Society. Vienna House will combine shelter, low- income and market rentals to provide a mix of housing options, including 29 studio units, 37 one-bedroom units, 35 two-bedroom units, 16 three-bedroom units and six four-bedroom units.

Ten per cent of the units will be accessible for people living with disabilities and all units will be adaptable.

Vienna House is a partnership between the cities of Vancouver and Vienna, Austria, and includes a research agreement with University of British Columbia (UBC). The cities and researchers are collaborating to make innovations in the sustainable design of affordable housing.

Vienna House will achieve significant sustainability goals. Using mass timber and prefabricated wall, floor and ceiling components will reduce emissions during construction, store carbon and contribute to diverting 75 per cent of construction waste from landfills.

Achieving Passive House certification will represent an annual energy-use reduction of approximately 52 per cent. Using electric appliances and hot water will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 90 per cent. Research partners at UBC will build a digital twin of the building to test and optimize components and systems, such as passive airflow.

“Vienna House embodies our commitment to innovative, sustainable solutions in tackling Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis,” said Ken Sim, mayor of Vancouver. “Through strong partnerships and a focus on energy-efficient design, we’re not just building homes, but shaping a future where affordable living is a reality for all Vancouverites.”

Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2025. More than a Roof Housing Society will own and operate the building on a 60-year lease from the City of Vancouver.

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