Author Archives: Hajo Meijer

About Hajo Meijer

Hajo Meijer is the sole proprietor of Ecocentric Design, committed to deeply sustainable architecture. Hajo is a graduate from the faculty of Architecture at the TU Delft in the Netherlands and a certified Passive House Designer. Hajo lives with his family on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Kaslo Passive House Frame Raising

The construction of Kaslo Passive House is well under way! The frame is raised and the walls are being build. A huge Thanks to Daphne Hunter for taking these pictures!    

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Ecocentric Design moved to Vancouver Island

This fall Ecocentric Design relocated to Vancouver Island! We’ve moved to Glenora, near Duncan, in the Cowichan Valley, halfway between Nanaimo and Victoria. We’re looking forward to Building Sustainable Dreams on Vancouver Island! Find our updated contact info here.

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Is a Passivhaus Building a “Hermetically Sealed” box?

Here’s a good article clarifying “air tightness’ and ‘breathable construction’ : Is a Passivhaus Building a “Hermetically Sealed” box? – PASSIVHAUS IN PLAIN ENGLISH & MORE.

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New Logo

Introducing Ecocentric Design’s new logo… The turtle is a creature living on land and in water, in harmony with it’s environment. The turtle carries her house on her back, ready to retreat when there is a threat. The turtle is an … Continue reading

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Whole Earth Summit

Head on over to Whole Earth Summit to listen to some inspiring visionaries! Replays are available at

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Passive House in 90 sec.

Learn about Passive House in 90 seconds with this neat video by the people at

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Kaslo Water Street Plan Approved

At last weeks’ council meeting (Dec 10, 2013), the above redevelopment plan of Water Street has been approved. Curb and paving is set to happen in 2014, walkway and landscaping the next year. Council had asked me to modify option … Continue reading

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Smart Stairs

Recently I had the pleasure to return to a set of stairs I designed about 7 years ago, when I just started out with my own design studio. Then the Cathro family, expecting their first child, wanted to create a … Continue reading

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Why you want to pay premium for design.

A recent conversation with a fellow dog owner the beach, on one of my morning walks with our puppy Shagga, prompted me to re-post the following ‘Designer’s Open Letter to His Future Clients‘, written by my friend and fellow Kaslovian, Blair … Continue reading

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the Ridge: al.most.finished!

It has been a couple of weeks since I visited the site and took these pictures… The Ridge is almost finished! Last week I heard the parging was being applied to the foundation. Would be nice to see that blue skin … Continue reading

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