Course Description

The Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) members, Nick Bray Architecture, JDL Homes, and Project Mint Developments are building an exemplar Certified Passive house (a near NetZero Energy and Step 5-compliant) in Vancouver, and in this course, they will share the real challenges and solutions in building this high-performance home.

Challengingly located in a peat bog and on a small 25’X122′ lot, this Certified Passive house showcases the integration of systems and design to create a housing solution that complies with Step 5 of the Energy Step Code, which will be required for all homes by 2032. In addition to showcasing one pathway to meet its high-performance targets, this Certified Passive home also demonstrates how these homes can be integrated into small-lot neighbourhoods that are common in urban centres.

This home was part of a HAVAN-sponsored tour in June, which included a brief overview of the project, but this two-hour session will delve deeper into the details and complexities of this project. Nick Bray, the architect and homeowner, will discuss the unique features of this project, designing it to meet Passive House standards, the site challenges and solutions, as well as the technology in this home. Jeff Langford of JDL Homes will discuss the builder’s perspective on taking this project from concept to its targeted completion, and how they are on-boarding subtrades and suppliers to ensure the home meets the high-performance standards required for it to be Certified Passive.

Huge fundamental shifts in how we build in BC are coming within the next 13 years. Are you ready?
By 2032, the BC Building Code minimum standard will require all homes to be built to Step 5 of the Energy Step Code (NetZero-Ready), but did you also know to ensure the industry moves forward to meet this target, all BC builders will be required to build to Step 3 by 2022 and then Step 4 by 2027?

If you want to keep building in BC, you need to understand high-performance building and what methodologies work best for your product and customers. Now is the time for the industry – builders, designers, subtrades, and suppliers — to learn how to evolve their design and construction processes to meet these higher standards so you have your systems in place before they are mandated.

Approved for CPD credits: 2.0 
(1.0 Relevant Enactments, .5 Construction Technology, .5 Construction Management)
Note: If you have already taken this course in person, 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

    • Feedback

    • Declaration of Completed Work Assignment

Nick Bray Architecture and JDL Homes

Nick Bray, Owner, Nick Bray ArchitectureNick, an AIBC registered Architect, has been working in practice since 2001 after graduating from the Welsh School of Architecture. He gained a diverse background of international experience prior to moving to Vancouver in 2010. Since moving to Canada, Nick has been lead designer for a number of award-winning buildings whilst working for other practices, and since starting his own Studio, Nick Bray Architecture Ltd. His work specializes in designing highly-sustainable residential and commercial buildings.