Valleyview Town Hall
The new Town Hall for the Town of Valleyview, Alberta is intended to replace the existing 40 year-old building with a new facility that will allow them to provide efficient service, and meet the rigorous energy efficiency goals of Passive House (80% energy use reduction) in order to reduce operations and maintenance costs and to set a new standard for sustainable design within the community.
The building will be located several blocks north of the existing building, placing it closer to the town’s main street. The large landscaped site, which was previously used by a garden centre, will also provide the opportunity to create a public plaza space and pocket park.
The two storey building is designed to maintain a compact form, while maximizing passive solar gains. The building provides deep sun shading overhangs on the south elevation to manage the gains during the summer months. Occupied program areas and windows are mainly located on this elevation to maximize gains and reduce heat loss.
The exterior envelope will consist of super-insulated and thermally broken assemblies to reduce heat loss, and will include R70 walls, R100 roof, and R8 windows. The mechanical system will consist of an air-source heat pump with a high-efficiency (>80%) heat recovery ventilator.