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Victoria’s Passive Houses

By Roy L Hales

When I first interviewed Rob Bernhardt in 2014, you could count the number of British Columbia’s passive houses on your fingers. The Berhardts built the first certified passive house in the Victoria region. Rob went on to become the CEO of Passive House Canada. I recently interviewed him again, during a quick peek at Victoria’s passive houses.

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Possibly the First Passive House on Vancouver Island

By Roy L Hales

Winters can be deceptively cold on the West Coast of British Columbia (BC). People from Fort McMurray Alberta – where temperatures often drop to minus 40 – tell me they did not feel the chill back home. It’s the damp cold that soaks into your bones. Hearing this, some of you may be surprised to find that the house pictured above was heated by two little 500 watt heaters through the coldest part of winter. Rob Bernhardt says, “It is the first building Vancouver Island home targeting certification under the international Passive House standard.” (That’s quite a mouthful!) I would phrase that a little differently, it is possibly the first passive house on Vancouver Island.
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