Farnham House

SAB Magazine

Farnham Avenue House is a single-family detached residential infill project. Some of the eco-friendly design aspects are time-honoured, such as vertical ventilation and natural daylight shafts, dynamic cross ventilation, passive solar shading, and super insulation. Other features have been around for a long time but are not that common for a confined city lot, such as geothermal heating and cooling. There are major elements that are reclaimed, including the exterior brick and structural timbers. Numerous locally sourced materials are incorporated. And some components feature cutting-edge technology, such as the bifacial solar panels tied into the Ontario government’s MicroFIT program. This house merges old and new eco-friendly architectural technologies.