First tenants expected at Housing Nova Scotia's multi-unit passive house

Housing Nova Scotia's first multi-unit residential building constructed to passive house environmental standards will soon welcome its first tenants.

The provincial and federal governments spent $1.6 million to repurpose the Hebron Residential Centre in Yarmouth County into new affordable homes.

The building features eight one-bedroom plus den units and a one-bedroom unit, and also includes barrier-free apartments for persons with disabilities.

Officials say the building was retrofitted using an energy-efficient design based on North American passive house standards, which focuses on conserving energy by reducing heat loss through the building and maximizing solar heat.

Estimated energy consumption in the building, including heating, domestic hot water and building systems, is at least 80 per cent lower than the standard.