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Nov 20th, 2020

Ottawa Community Housing wins Housing Design Award

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OTTAWA, November 20, 2020 – We are proud to announce that the Carlington Community at 1290 Coldrey Ave. was the winner of the Innovation Award and the Not-for-Profit Project Award in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association’s Annual Housing Design Awards 

The property was also a finalist in the Ottawa Citizen People’s Choice Awards in the Green Building category. Thank you to everyone who voted.  

The 42-home seniors building at 1290 Coldrey was built in partnership with the Carlington Community Health Centre and was designed to the Passive House standard – which means it uses 85 percent less energy to heat and cool the homes than traditional buildings. You can heat and cool a one-bedroom each with the same amount of energy it takes to run a hairdryer. 

The onsite medical clinic opened in October, providing health services to ensure residents are healthy and able to live independently longer.  


“Ottawa Community Housing continues to innovate and form new partnerships to both serve the existing 32,000 tenants currently living in our communities, and to build new sustainable affordable housing stock to help other people find a place to call home. We thank the Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association for recognizing our new community at 1290 Coldrey.” 

“OCH is building for the future by ensuring all our new capital work is design to a passive house designation to reduce our carbon footprint. That goal is why we built the province’s first mixed-use passive house in partnership with the Carlington Community Centre. We are honoured and humbled that this project has been selected as winner in the Ottawa Citizen People’s Choice Award in the Green Building category.” 

Quick Facts 

  • 1290 Coldrey was Ontario’s first, mixed-use passive house 
  • It houses a raised rooftop garden to promote healthy eating 
  • Each floor has four, barrier-free homes.  
  • OCH currently has 500 mWh of solar power generated from 36 sites – The solar power generated by the panels produces as much power as approximately 40 homes consume each year. 


About OCH 

OCHC provides approximately 15,000 homes to about 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second-largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers in 2018, 2019 and 2020. | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram 

For additional information please contact:   

Jennifer McIntosh 

Communications and Marketing Specialist