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A Passive structure is a building in which “a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating and cooling systems” (Adamson 1987 and Feist 1988). A Passive House heats and cools itself, hence the word “passive”, and coupled with renewables is categorized as NetZero. Our Passive Houses are built to international Passive House Standards.

Net-Zero - A Zero Energy Building (ZEB), also known as a Net Zero Energy (NZE) building, or a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building, is a building with net zero energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site or in other definitions by renewable energy sources offsite, using technology such as heat pumps, high-efficiency windows and insulation, and solar panels.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-energy_building

No, the effectiveness of a passive house is determined by the air-tightness of insulation and the introduction of fresh air. However, if your budget permits, the addition of renewable energy is up to you!

Yes, passive homes are built with a pragmatic combination of building science and economics. We will design your house appropriately depending on the climate and weather conditions you live in.

A home that is free of toxins, has clean air, and great water quality that is available to the occupants.

No, the high energy costs originate from providing heat and air conditioning to your home. When you are using an efficient fan to move air around it costs very little. This method only works when your passive home has an air tightness requirement of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals pressure.

These might be a bit obvious, but occupant health, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, environmentally responsible, and affordability.

A Healthy House makes efficient use of all our resources. It is affordable and adaptable to changing needs. Efficient use is made of building materials, and construction waste is well managed. Durability of building components is essential. The Healthy House conserves resources, especially water and energy.

Homes account for about 20% of all energy used in Canada. Of this, about 67% is used for space heating and cooling, 18%for lighting and appliances, and 15% for heating water.

A Healthy House reduces energy use in all these areas, in all seasons. It minimizes heat loss in winter and gain in summer. It relies on efficient heating and ventilation systems, reduces the consumption of electricity and other fuels, and encourages the use of renewable energy. It also reduces the energy used in the manufacture of building materials and in house construction.

Full access to the ideal team suited for your project. After we discuss your needs, wants, and expectations - we connect you to BC’s best builders, contractors, and service providers to get the job done right.

Every builder, contractor and service provider is prescreened to be sure that they are the perfect fit. We also know their schedules to make sure they are ready to build. We are all about community and helping growth.

We start with a consultation with you to understand your dream home or investment project. Once we have a scope of the project, we discuss this with our team of highly experienced architects. The next step is to create your net-zero building and install all of your eco-friendly features.

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