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.

Horse Shed #2

This fall I built a new shed for my horse at the house we are renting in the Cowichan Valley. It only took me 4 days and about $700… Stickframe construction is definitely fast and economical! Not as pretty as a … Continue reading

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One million certified Passive House square metres!

Good news for the energy conservation movement: the Number of certified Passive House square metres has reached one million! Read more in this news release form the International Passive House Institute. Interestingly, this certified Passive House is a retrofitted 1922 … Continue reading

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The Ridge featured with Innotech W&D

Innotech Windows and Doors featured the Ridge on their blog, including a great photo gallery created by Raven Eye Photography. Check it out here!

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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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