Salus opens energy-efficient, supportive housing for the vulnerable

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Sun, November 26, 2016

Michael Backs sits in his wheelchair and looks around his new home, his dog Reggie snuggled close against his chest. ZZ Top plays quietly from the portable radio on his small dining table. The apartment is tidy. The furniture clean, tasteful even.


But beside the extraordinary stories of its tenants, the building is a remarkable story on its own. It is the most energy-efficient building of its type in North America, the first commercial multi-unit residence to receive “passive house” certification — the strictest environmental construction standard in the world.

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