Karis Place is a partnership between More Than A Roof Housing Society, BC Housing, and the City of Vancouver. It provides rental housing as part of the Provincial Homelessness Initiative, which focuses on providing safe, secure and supportive housing in response to the current homelessness crisis in Vancouver.
Jury comment: A difficult program and a modest budget made the pursuit of meaningful sustainability goals particularly challenging in this project for the hard-to-house. The solution successfully integrates the architecture with the environmental performance ambitions through careful envelope design and a variety of passive strategies. As such it provides an example, not just to other publicly-funded housing projects, but to market condominium developments as well.
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