Christie Beach by Altius Architecture

Description of Christie Beach by Altius Architecture:
Designed for four generations of the same family to enjoy this residence on the south shore of Georgian Bay sets high standards. A full compliment of sustainable technologies and practices sets this project apart from others in the Blue Mountain region and the unique building form and functional program promise to provide a wonderful family retreat as well as a year round residence for its owners.

Structural steel and ICF frame; Spanish Cedar windows,doors, soffits and ceilings; Heat Mirror and Low E glazing; Fundermax phenolic siding; copper flashing, regional limestone, Ipe decking, cherry cabinetry and flooring.


  • Passive Solar Heating
  • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
  • Natural Daylighting
  • High Performance Envelope Design
  • Material Optimization and Modular Design
  • Renewable Materials and Finishes
  • Reclaimed and Recycled Materials
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
  • Advanced Geothermal Systems
  • Advanced Wood Heating Systems (ie. Contraflow Masonry Heaters)
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Solar Hot Water Systems
  • Solar Electric (photovoltaic or PV systems)
  • Low Energy Lighting & Appliances
  • Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures
  • Green Roof Systems
  • Tertiary Wastewater Treatment

The goal the owners is to reduce the the energy footprint of their home as much as possible without compromising comfort. The first line of defense was to optimize the building envelop by means of correct solar shading, effective ventilation and high insulation levels achieved with ICF construction and spray applied ployurethane as well as high performance Heat Mirror glazing. The primary heating system is a ground-loop geothermal system supplemented by a clean wood-burning Finnish masonry stove. Energy usage is offset by a solar pool heater and a 10 kW grid connected PV array.

Altius Project Team
Architecture: Graham Smith, Joe Knight, Joseph Khoury

Project Partners
Engineering: Hamann Engineering
Construction: Valley View Construction
Geothermal: Just Geothermal Systems
PV Array: Generation Solar


Leave a Reply