Category Archives: Passive House

Building Passive House with Natural Materials

Recently I had the pleasure to see Bjørn Kierulf of Createrra Architects in Slovakia, give a presentation at BUILDEX Vancouver, about Passive Houses built with natural materials. Natural Passive House Driven by the desire to build Passive Houses as natural as possible, … Continue reading

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Certified Passive House Designer

It is my pleasure to announce that I received certification as Passive House Designer today! To receive this Certification I had to pass a stringent test set out by the International Passive House Institute in Germany, covering all aspects of … Continue reading

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Kaslo Passive House Construction II

Kaslo Passive House construction has reached lock-up – the house in enclosed. The walls are up, the roof is on and the doors and windows are installed. The house is weather tight – Let winter come! South facade with lots of windows. South-west … 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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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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Passive House is Sexy!

Passive House is sexy! This cheeky video by Plate-forme Maison Passive in Belgium proves it:

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Some good reads

Monte Paulsen researches and writes about sustainability for The Tyee and other Canadian publications. He produced some really good reads about Passive House and other sustainable building topics. Read them here.

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Will Passive House prevent war?

Check out this cool video about the importance of building super energy efficient buildings, and why the Passive House standard is better than the LEED standard. The Black & White of Green Building from Charlie Hoxie on Vimeo. (If the … Continue reading

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Passive [Solar] House

I have always been an enthusiastic advocate of passive solar design. The concept is so simple: rearrange the building components to maximize the harvesting and storing of solar energy. Do this by moving most of the windows you’re installing to … Continue reading

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Passive House in a nutshell

Passive House is a building concept that is very energy-efficient, requiring such a small amount of heat that it can be heated by mainly passive heat sources, such as incoming sunlight, household appliances and inhabitants. A HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) … Continue reading

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