February 1, 2011: Whistler, BC - With everything from discounted ski and snowshoe rentals and tickets to free hot chocolate and live music, the official opening of one of Whistler’s Games legacies, the new Lost Lake Passivhaus, will be part of the weekend-long celebration for the one-Year anniversary of the 2010 Winter Games on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Official opening activities include:
• $5 child/youth ski tickets and snowshoeing
• $10 adult ski tickets (After 3 pm: everyone skis for $5)
• $15 ski and snowshoe rentals all day
• Free hot chocolate and marshmallows
• Outdoor fireplace
• Chili and hot dogs available from Alpine Cafe
• Interpretive building tours
• Live music by Susan Holden
• Grand Opening ceremony and banner unveiling starting at 1 pm
The PassivHaus is the newest amenity in Lost Lake Park and one of the many buildings in Whistler that incorporate sustainable design techniques and green building technologies aligned with the priorities set out in Whistler2020. Built by the Austrian Passive House Group, it is an ultra-low energy building designed to showcase what's possible in terms of energy-efficient construction in Canada. The name “PassivHaus” reflects the Austrian spelling.
“The Lost Lake PassivHaus is truly a legacy of the 2010 Winter Games and we are pleased to celebrate the official opening of this community amenity during the one-year anniversary of the Games,” says Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed. “Whistler is working hard on its journey towards sustainability and Passive House technology will demonstrate improved building design and construction, and make home owners and builders more aware of energy-efficient construction methods.”
Partnerships have made this project a possibility. The PassivHaus was transferred to Whistler by the Austrian Passive House Group for community and visitor use as a day lodge servicing the Nordic ski and bike trails around Lost Lake, which see approximately 20,000 skier visits each winter and countless bike visits in the summer. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation contributed $150,000 toward the PassivHaus, which is also an office and meeting space for the Whistler Offroad Cycling Association (WORCA) and Whistler Nordics. The Province of British Columbia provided $484,743 in Resort Municipality Initiative Funding to this popular visitor amenity.
“PassivHaus is the kind of project that the Resort Municipality Initiative was designed to support,” said Regional Economic and Skills Development Minister Ida Chong. “This program was created to help resort communities develop their local tourism economy, and PassivHaus will be a unique recreational resource for residents and tourists for years to come.”
Located at the main entrance to Lost Lake Park, between the upper and lower Villages and a short walk from the Village Stroll, the PassivHaus features public seating areas, ticket sales, indoor washrooms, ski/snowshoe/nordic hiking rentals and lessons, food and beverage services, and great views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
The top floor of the Lost Lake PassiveHaus accommodates day lodge uses, as well as community group meetings and programs for events during non-peak public times. The day lodge is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during winter operations.
About the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Winter Games
Whistler will celebrate the one-year anniversary during the Whistler Winter Arts Festival - Celebrate Live, February 11 to 13, 2011. Locals and visitors are invited to come out relive the magic and energy of the 2010 Winter Games.
About the PassivHaus
The Lost Lake PassivHaus was built by the Austrian Passive House Group and designed to showcase what’s possible in terms of energy-efficient construction in Canada. During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the building was home to the Austrian Olympic Committee and Austrian Public Broadcasting.
A Passive House is a building in which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating or cooling systems. It requires little to no energy for heating and cooling due to construction using a combination of super insulation, thick walls and windows, solar retention, ground heat, and other technology.
Typically a Passive House uses up to 90 percent less energy than a traditionally built home and approximately 50 per cent less energy than a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) house. This is made possible through a combination of insulation and air exchange, which maintains a stable interior temperature throughout the year without requiring heating, ventilation or air conditioning.
For more information about booking the PassivHaus for meetings and community events, contact Petra Gier at 604-935-8366.