Board of Directors
Deborah ByrneDeborah is driven by core values of sustainability, comfort and affordability, as well as solutions where a reduction in the energy demand can seamlessly integrate with daily living and working. She first discovered Passive House while completing her Engineering Charter while in Ireland in 2007 when most published Passive House works were still only in German. After a visit to the 13th International Passive House Conference in 2009 she returned convinced that this was the answer to all our building energy problems but now also understood that Passive House was more than just a building energy standard.
From this conference she and some of the visiting Irish Contingent formed the Passive House Association, Ireland, the first English speaking board affiliated with the International Passive House Association. Deborah has since trained and qualified as a Certified Passive House Design and Trainer. She has also designed a number of significant Passive House Projects in Canada and Ireland. Deborah works with Kearns Mancini Architects as a Project Controller and Passive House Designer. She maintains true to her belief that we can always do better.
Scott KennedyScott has been a principal of Cornerstone Architecture, currently a 15 employee firm, since 1988. He is a Professional Engineer with a degree from University of Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UBC.
Scott has committed Cornerstone Architecture to start the conversation about Passive House and its principles with each new client. The firm has had success and currently has an 85 suite mixed use 6 storey wood frame Passive House building under construction, and 11 additional Passive House projects at various stages of development.
Scott has been the Board Chair of Passive House Canada since October of 2014.
“The Passive House concept is important and I believe we are just getting started. We must spread the word and protect it from being watered down, as it is a wholistic concept that delivers a reliable building if it is executed properly. Hopefully in the future the Passive House standard or something similar will be standard practise and our organization may cease to be relevant other than as a liaison to code committees on the subject. We can only dream.”
Marcel StuderMarcel is a principal of Econ Group Ltd, a Vancouver based design-built construction company, he holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland). Marcel has lived and worked in Canada for the last 16 years in his capacity as a designer, builder and most recently as a teacher of Passive House Canada’s Trades Person Course.
Since 2006 Marcel has been involved in various local Passive House projects covering design and construction while increasing his skills and knowledge in the fields of energy efficiency, building science and construction technology. He has been a board member of Passive House Canada since October 2014 holding the treasurer position.
Evelyne BouchardEvelyne is a registered architect and Certified Passive House
Designer. She is passionate about the junction between thoughtful design and technical rigour. As a practising architect, she strives to embed Passive House design principles and measurable performance into
the flow of the iterative creative process. Most recently, she was the
in-house Passive House advisor for Local Practice Architecture + Design
working on a 90-unit affordable student rental housing project at Simon Fraser University. Evelyne is also one of Passive House Canada’s course instructors. She is a regular participant in the monthly PHPP User Group meetings, where she enjoys
discussing the details of implementing the Passive House Standard with
After six years in Western Canada, Evelyne recently moved back to her
native Québec where she looks forward to collaborating with other professionals and enthusiasts to spread the word about Passive House in English, et en Français.
Huston EubankHuston is an architect and consultant specializing in sustainability for buildings, communities and businesses. An early advocate for green building, he served as the “EarthSmart Ambassador” at Portland General Electric in the mid-90’s, was a Principal at Rocky Mountain Institute for 6 years, and founding Board Secretary and Executive Director of the World Green Building Council. He co-created and teaches the “Integrative Design for Energy Efficiency” course for Singapore’s Certified Energy Manager Program, is an Associate of Climate Resources Exchange International, and served as Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer and Director of Consulting for Regenerative Ventures, Inc.
After years of seeking a performance standard that is absolute and not relative, he caught the Passive House bug at the impressive 2016 NAPHN conference. Shortly after, he signed on to support 475 High Performance Building Supply’s Business Development in Eastern Canada and joined Passive House Canada. His goal is to help promote the uptake of Passive House on a large scale. Huston lives in Montreal, and is committed to becoming a Certified Passive House Designer.
Karel JonkerKarel has worked in executive positions for General Motors of Canada since 1973 and became owner operator of Langley Nissan in 1990, and Langley Honda in 1996, renamed Jonker Nissan/Honda 1998.
Karel helped design and build Jonker Nissan in 1999 and Jonker Honda in 2006. Both buildings feature many energy saving features. He became more interested in high performance buildings in 2009 and after touring the Austria Passive House in Whistler, he was inspired to build a Passive House building of his own. Karel took the Passive House Design and Construction course in January 2012 and his Alta Lake Passive House was completed in 2015. The house won 2016 Wood Design Awards for Environmental Performance.
Alan MurphyAs a founding partner of Green Reason, Alan brings almost 20 years of architecture, interiors, project and construction management experience in the building industry. His experience ranges from managing commercial redevelopment and national construction programs to providing sustainable consulting services on projects ranging in size from small cafes to airport terminals.
His comprehensive understanding of building design, construction and operations allows him to develop integrated solutions to sustainable building that balance cost and schedule with a client’s environmental goals. If you can design and build it better why wouldn’t you?
Believing that change in the industry required education from within, Alan founded Green Reason to offer clients smarter, more sustainable building solutions. In addition to his role as principal at Green Reason, Alan is also a member of the Canada Green Building Council’s Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group.