Course Description

High-performance homes are assumed to be expensive and complicated but as you will see in this course, better-built homes can be designed and constructed so they are a viable and affordable option for homeowners considering a custom home. HAVAN member JDL Homes Vancouver is currently building a Step 5 NetZero Ready Home in Burnaby, and as a case study for other builders, will be sharing the project goals, processes, pathway, systems, design philosophy and costs, which has enabled them to build this custom high-performance home at a more affordable cost.

This case study explores different pathways and philosophies when it comes to designing and building high-performance homes, giving builders insights into methodologies and systems which they may wish to incorporate into their own construction projects.


  • Challenges and opportunities of building to Step 5 NetZero Ready
  • Design solutions to achieve high-performance built with a more affordable budget
  • Systems and technology to achieve Step 5 energy requirements
  • How to approach high-performance building with homeowner clients

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: FortisBC
Patron Sponsor: BC Housing

Approved for 2.0 CPDs in Construction Technology
Note: If you have already taken this course, repeating it online will not qualify for additional CPD points.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1

    • Before You Get Started

    • Agreement to HAVAN Academic Integrity Policy

    • Part 1

  • 2

    Chapter 2

    • Part 2

  • 3

    Chapter 3

    • Part 3

  • 4

    Chapter 4

    • Part 4

  • 5

    Chapter 5

    • Part 5

  • 6

    Chapter 6

    • Part 6

    • Declaration of Completed Work Assignment

    • Feedback

JDL Homes Vancouver and JRG Engineering Inc.

Doug Langford, Principal and Project Manager, JDL Homes VancouverOverall project scope and objectivesHomeowner dialogue and approach to a building a Step 5 custom homeCosting of the project (including utilizing grants)Working with the city (permitting/inspections)Jeff Langford, Principal and Site Superintendent, JDL Homes VancouverTechnical side of the build, including ICF and SIPs.Challenges and opportunities with this high-performance home buildAnna Pang, Designer and Project Coordinator, JDL Homes Vancouver Design considerationsChallenges and opportunities with this high-performance home designJulio Reynel-Gracia, President, JRG Engineering Inc.Energy consumption and envelope design – bringing the pieces together at the start of the design stage to create a Step 5 NetZero Ready design