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Econ Group Construction and Development Ltd. is a North Vancouver-based, medium sized design-build firm in its 16th year of business. Our in-house design team is European trained and our core building crews are great at what they do. We believe that the backbone of any successful project is excellent, friendly communication and superior listening skills. 


We design and build modern, energy efficient homes, and have been building to the Passive House standard for a decade (longer than any builder in the Lower Mainland). We also consult and educate within our industry, to government, and to public at large as to the proven performance benefits of Passive House theory and its correct application.


Passive Houses consume up to 90% less energy used within a home built to Vancouver code. With the list of municipalities committing to greener practices and even carbon-neutrality, we see Passive as being the easiest and smartest platform for achieving a Net Zero future. And frankly we really love working with clients who are thinking forward. 

“I visit Econ’s job sites knowing they’ll always teach me something new.”


– Local Municipal Building Inspector


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Our focus on modern, quality architecture, designed especially to the International Passive House Standard, coupled with our decade of building to the standard has proven to us that an integrated planning approach is key for the success and affordability of a construction project. Our architecturally trained staff is uniquely able to assist during design and then to transition seamlessly into the construction phase. This holistic design-build approach guarantees quality and efficiency: both key elements for an energy-efficient, modern home.


We have been building, renovating and retrofitting homes together since 2001, always aiming toward modern aesthetic and energy efficiency. In 2006 we began building to the Passive House Standard and subsequently received the formal training for Passive Certification. While we focus our work within Vancouver and the North Shore, our past work in the Fraser Valley, and on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, in Whistler and beyond means we are always open to considering any stimulating, modern projects farther afield.


With our unique positioning as the very first and most experienced Passive House builder in the Greater Vancouver Area, we are able to offer our consulting services to developers and municipalities pursuing Passive House methodologies and/or certification. In the role of Passive House Consultant, we can educate your team top to bottom via integrated planning team education sessions, pre-tender and pre-construction sessions, input into your design and planning process (including PHPP modelling), and offer you onsite quality control.


Through both hands-on events and lectures we have helped directly educate hundreds of college students, municipal leaders, inspectors, tradespeople, and curious laypeople about the performance-based benefits of Passive House. As a CanPHI West instructor and Board Member, our Principal, Marcel Studer, has active relationships with teaching Passive at UBC, BCIT, BUILDEX, GVHBA and others. The positive working relationships we have with area building departments have grown out of our strength as a proactive educator.


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  • We are most impressed with Econ's strict adherence to the highest standards of building construction and the level of communication they kept with us, making us fully updated of construction progress all the time. This high level of communication and transparency minimized surprises and kept our expectations to realistic levels. We would highly recommend Econ to any homeowner whose objective is to build a customized home that will be a solid testament to practical design and excellent construction standards.

    P. Ward
  • After meeting with both Econ and the competition, Nancy and I chose to work with Econ Group. Mike Dutson, Econ’s Principal, is an honest, reliable, professional builder who takes real pride in what he does…it shows in his work. Mike is very easy to talk with and was always helpful when we had questions about our plans. He was extremely easy to deal with and always went beyond what was expected. His crew was well trained and professional. Recently I went back to him for help and ideas years after the house was built and he spent time with me at no charge even though it was no longer his responsibility. We would highly recommend Econ to anyone planning to build a home.

    G. and N. Dubourg
  • Econ team's extensive experience in construction, knowledge of and adherence to building codes and guidelines, and ability to interpret our requirements into practical solutions proved to be invaluable in creating our home and workshop. Our building site is a challenge to any design and construction team, but Econ was able to plan and execute the building process in a timely and efficient manner, managing both their work schedules and those of the various sub-trades in the most productive way. We would highly recommend Econ to any homeowner whose objective is to build a customized home that will be a solid testament to practical design and excellent construction standards.

    E. Arceo


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402 - 510 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2L9

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402-510 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2L9