CMHC Housing Supply Challenge

Wonderful news from our partners at Michael Green Architecture (MGA)!

Together with their collaborators at BC Passive House, MGA was awarded a CMHC Housing Supply Challenge grant to design a prototype build for seniors housing on Texada Island using prefabricated panels. This high-performance construction will ensure reduced operational costs over the lifetime of the buildings. Aspects of water conservation and fire safety will be emphasized in the design, making this project an exemplary model for future affordable and environmentally conscious construction on Texada. Being partners in this funding challenge means that our architectural and fabrication design costs, which would otherwise take significant time and resources for TINSHS to fundraise for, are being fully subsidized by CMHC. 

If our partners progress to the next round of the challenge, the panel fabrication, site-prep, foundation and interior fit-out costs for a four unit 2400 sq. ft. prototype module – complete with outdoor space and porches – will be covered by CMHC. With precise costing and reduced uncertainty based on this highly reproducible prototype, TINSHS will be well positioned to raise funds to add more modules to the site during the next phase of our project. 

At our October 14 community engagement event, Chris Knight of MGA presented preliminary architectural drawings and concept renderings to a highly receptive audience and responded to a host of thoughtful and specific questions, reflecting the keen interest in this project among Texada residents!

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