North Shore Passive Open House

As one of the of the most established Passive House builders in the Lower Mainland, we are excited to invite you to our North Shore Passive Under Construction Open House.

Regardless if you are new to Passive House or a seasoned pro this is a great opportunity to see the normally hidden components that distinguish a Passive House and to learn more about details, assemblies and design considerations.

We would like to welcome you on Friday September 25th, 1pm-3pm at 418 10th Street East, North Vancouver.

This is a great opportunity to experience a Passive House in person before the upcoming North American Passive House Conference in Vancouver October 1-2:

BC Government funds Passive House education

Econ Group’s Marcel Studer was part of the ceremony in Victoria last week at which Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, presented a $100, 000 ICE (Innovative Clean Energy) grant to Canadian Passive House Institute West for their Passive House education and certification efforts.

“This announcement is an enormously significant, clear message that the work and education we all in the Passive House community have been up to in the Vancouver area for the past decade, is beginning to pay off,” says Marcel.  “It’s really an exciting moment to be involved.”

The grant will support increased training and certification opportunities for construction and design professionals so that they can build the most energy-efficient buildings in the world, right here in British Columbia. It will help sponsor and subsidize introductory or certification courses in Passive House design principles offered by CanPHI West for up to 200 qualified professionals in British Columbia.

Econ Group has been building to the Passive standard for over a decade, and actually built the first residential Passive House in BC. Our next Passive House project breaks ground in North Vancouver in April 2015, with two others on its heals in May and in the summer. Learn more about Passive House technology at my previous North Shore News article on the topic.

The international Passive House standard is the one of the most rigorous and advanced building performance standards in the world, achieving reductions in heating energy of up to 90% compared to other buildings.

Read the full article on BC’s Passive House funding at

Cliffhanger Fly-Over

Beautiful work documenting our Indian Arm, North Vancouver Cliffhanger House: TADA RC Helicopter from TadaFilms on Vimeo.