Another Sunny Day at the Whistler Passive House

Last week, I traveled up to Whistler for another site visit to the Rainbow Duplex Passive House and to chat with the Durfeld team, which is always a pleasure.  Everything is coming together… Continue reading

High Performance Prefabrication for Passive House & Low Energy Buildings

Slowly but surely, construction practices developed and employed over the last 20 years in Europe are making their way to North America. Departing from the “2×4 mentality” seems to be harder for some,… Continue reading

Gearing Up: Net Zero Energy Buildings

Yesterday, the International Living Future Institute announced it’s new Net Zero Energy Building Certification program.  Adding to the ever-growing list of green building certifications, the NZEBC has been developed to “galvanize and recognize widespread… Continue reading

Passive Design Elements in Action – For Better or For Worse

It looks like good old Vancouver weather is back.  Only a few days of cooler, cloudy weather, and we are already noticing its effect on our comfort both outside and in.  My apartment… Continue reading

Vancouver Urban Agriculture

Food and shelter – two basic life necessities, both with conventionally enormous carbon footprints.  We are continually striving to reduce the carbon footprint of our buildings, but what about our food?  Organic farms… Continue reading