Challenge

The breathtaking Drummond Drive home is a unique, high-end custom residence located in Vancouver, BC. The interior of this home and the beautiful outside landscape are weaved together cleverly through architectural design and a generous use of glazing.

A project with this level of sophistication required intense coordination and negotiation with all consultants involved to blend the complex mechanical systems with the home’s architectural aesthetics and unique structural needs.

Client:

McLeod Bovell Modern Homes

Location:

Vancouver, BC

Building Type:

Large Custom Home

Building Size:

25,400 sq. ft. (3 floors)

Approach

Ecolighten Energy Solutions applied their home performance design expertise and worked closely with all parties to find innovative solutions to mechanical HVAC design challenges.

One of the challenges included a custom indoor pool surrounded by an orange and tropical tree grove. Another challenge was gaining classification of the house by Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), which resulted in hybrid performance requirements between commercial and residential buildings; and compliance and verification consulting with AHJ to coordinate mechanical HVAC system approvals.

Due to the complexity of the project’s mechanical design, Ecolighten helped bring clarity to the project by modelling the complete HVAC system in 3D into the architect’s virtual model to show the detailed integration with structural and interior design.

Room-by-room load calculations (CSA F280-12 code compliant)
Hot 2000 energy modelling
Extensive planning and consultation with all stakeholders
Design for ground source geothermal, forced air, radiant, plumbing & gas, snowmelt, indoor pool, heat recovery and various specialty ventilation systems
Detailed engineering drawings – including 3D, with all component specifications & schedules, scope of work and best practices language
Quality assurance including visual inspections and performance testing
  • Forced Air Design
    Forced Air Duct Routing and Mechanical Room

    Forced Air Duct Routing and Mechanical Room

    Mechanical room plan view with complex geothermal, HVAC, indoor pool dehumidification, radiant and domestic water.

    Scope of Work and Installation Practices

    Scope of Work and Installation Practices

    Scope of work describes standard of practice expectation, scope of contractors responsibilities, general design strategy and more.

    Forced Air Design

  • Forced Air Design
    Forced Air Design

    Forced Air Design

    Plan view of upper level bedrooms coordinated forced-air design with each bedroom an independent zone.

    Forced Air Design

  • Hydronic Design
    Hydronic Loop Layout

    Hydronic Loop Layout

    Typical radiant loop layout for basement and indoor pool with calculated and optimized loop lengths, pressure drops liquid flow (gpm) and manifold locations.

    Hydronic Design

  • Hydronic Design
    Hydronic Loop Layout

    Hydronic Loop Layout

    Typical radiant loop layout for main floor with calculated and optimized loop lengths, pressure drops liquid flow (gpm) and manifold locations.

    Hydronic Design

  • 3D Forced Air Design
    3D Forced Air Design

    3D Forced Air Design

    Forced air design articulated in 3D drawings for coordination clarity. Ability to orbit through these 3D designs for every possible view.

    3D Forced Air Design

  • 3D Forced Air Design
    3D Forced Air Design

    3D Forced Air Design

    Upper level forced air design isometric view in 3D design. Ability to orbit through these 3D designs for every possible view.

    3D Forced Air Design

    • McLeod Bovell Modern Homes

      Ecolighten brings significant value to the design team and their Home Performance Design service contribution was integral to developing a comprehensive HVAC mechanical strategy for our custom home projects. From the discovery phase through to mechanical HVAC design, Ecolighten showcased a disciplined methodology which aided the design process.

      McLeod Bovell Modern Homes

      Results

      • Room-by-room load calculations (CSA F280-12 code compliant)
      • Hot 2000 energy modelling
      • Extensive planning and consultation with all stakeholders
      • Design for ground source geothermal, forced air, radiant, plumbing & gas, snowmelt, indoor pool, heat recovery and various specialty ventilation systems
      • Detailed engineering drawings – including 3D, with all component specifications & schedules, scope of work and best practices language
      • Quality assurance including visual inspections and performance testing

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