Ty-Histanis First Nations Neighbourhood Development



Tofino, BC, Canada

Project Completion Date

December 2010

Project Type

Neighbourhood, First Nations

Light House Services


David Nairne Architects




Equlilibrium Net Zero Community

Design Team

Project Summary

Ty-Histanis is a planned neighbourhood on 84 hectares of land transferred from the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The new neighbourhood is expected to include 171 single-detached units, 32 units of duplexes and a 12-unit elders’ complex. A central community core is to include the multi-family buildings, a school, health clinic, pharmacy, recreation centre and centres for youth and elders. The community is targeting a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption, in part, through a district energy system using renewables. Forty per cent of the development site is to be maintained as undisturbed natural protected habitat. Planned stormwater run-off reduction features include porous surfaces and the proposed water-efficient features will reduce potable water consumption. Light House provided sustainable building consulting services and to facilitate two integrated design charrettes and three design review workshops for the development of plans, infrastructure and housing templates. Light House also conducted a life cycle assessment of proposed materials to determine optimal investments for economic and environmental benefits given a very limited budget. Ty-Histanis Neighbourhood Development is one of the six winning projects under the EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative, a national competition organized by CMHC to foster development of sustainable communities in Canada.