Vancouver House

In 2018, the City of Vienna and City of Vancouver signed a Memorandum of Cooperation that would see the two cities share knowledge and advance innovation in low-carbon affordable housing. Specifically, the agreement commits the cities to:

…share insights on innovative new building approaches, effective market transformation programs, and research associated with different building approaches and standards…

The City of Vienna (population 1.9 million) is a world leader in innovative high-performance social housing solutions. Each city’s green building program leaders will compare notes on solutions and approaches, and each will build a building named after its counterpart. While there is a Vienna House in Vancouver, there will also be a Vancouver House in Vienna.

This short video—produced for the BUILDEX conference in March 2022—offers an update on the progress of the Vancouver House project in Austria.

Vancouver House will consist of 107 rental units, a kindergarten, 12 units for assisted living, and 11 units for single parents, all in a hybrid wooden structure. Passive House level performance is required under the base building code in Vienna, so the building will be exceptionally energy efficient and low-emissions.

Construction on Vancouver House will begin in June 2022.