McKernan Duo


The McKernan Duo straw bale, semi-detached project was designed for local developer Kanoo Developments and finished construction in 2014.

It features open floor plans to encourage family, entertaining and accommodate more intimate spaces. Transitional spaces between indoors and outdoors, adequate natural light, views & privacy, sheltered entries and the defining of public and private spaces are our attention and focus.

Each 2 storey unit is 1367 sq. ft. featuring 2 bedrooms plus flex space, 2 1/2 bath. McKernan Duo semi-detached is designed to take full advantage of its southern exposure with substantial glazing that provides light in the winter, passive solar gain in the shoulder seasons and overhangs and sunshades to reduce heating during the summer. Generous windowing on both floors allows for natural light and natural ventilation, coupled with superior insulation eliminates the need for mechanical cooling. A second storey clerestory provides light and natural ventilation for hallway and main bath. A separated, private side entry allows for future self-contained basement development. Concrete floors on the main level provide thermal mass, excellent sound suppression between floors, and are fireproof and finished to provide a contemporary, easy care floor. Low and no VOC materials have been chosen to enhance the clean indoor air environment provided by the straw bale walls. Alberta aspen and clear pine feature prominently on the main floor ceilings as well as some of the trim an millwork throughout the house.


Developed by Kanoo Developments Ltd.
Engineering by Acius Structural Engineering Consulting.
Design by Battle Lake Design Group, Inc.


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