Austrian Olympic Passive House
Developer: Austrian Passive House Group
Architect: Treberspurg & Partner Architekten
The "Austrian Olympic Passivhaus" project was a collaboration between five private Austrian companies, forming the Austrian Passive House Group, that were using the global stage of the first “Green Olympics” to showcase their building products and demonstrate the Passive House Standard to the world.
The Austria Haus was the first registered Passive House in Canada. The idea of the architectural design was to create a prototype of alpine architecture; traditional, compact, south-oriented building, with a gable roof. The monolithic appearance of the building was enhanced by using the black cement fibre boards for the entire facade and roof. During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Austria Haus, housed the Austrian Olympic Committee and Austrian Public Broadcasting, introducing the Austria House to the World. Post Olympics, the Austria Haus, now the Lost Lake Passivhaus, was gifted to the Resort Municipality of Whistler to be a Passive House education centre as well as the office and rental area for the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) in the summer and Whistler Nordics Ski Club in the Winter. The Austria Haus was Canada’s first introduction to the Passive House Standard, spurring a movement of Passive House construction across Canada.