ONLINE: Built in Canada – Lessons Learned from PH Projects (BC)- 28 March 2022

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Monday March 28, 2022 from 10 am to 12 pm PDT

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Webinar description

This webinar series will focus on Canadian Projects all across the Country.

Our second stop of 2022 will be in Valemount, British Columbia.

Join Kim Walton (Bow Crow Design), Vincent Siu (Siu Architecture Inc.), Erik Olofsson (Erik Olofsson Construction Inc.), and Laura Keil & Andru McCracken (Valemount PH Homeowners) presenting on Valemount Passivehus: a single-family dwelling certified by PHI in 2017, located in the Rocky Mountains west of Jasper.

Valemount Passivhus (“passive house” in Swedish) was designed and built for Laura Keil and Andru McCracken (former Mayor of Valemount).  The client’s intent to pursue Passive House certification was to showcase Valemount as a growing community responsible to the beautiful surroundings of the Rocky Mountains including Mt. Robson and Mt. Trudeau, the latter of which is framed by the family room window of the upper floor. Exterior walls and roof were pre-fabricated by Collective Carpentry and shipped to the site and framed within two days. Prefabricated wall and roof assembly consisting of 2×4 studs with mineral wool insulation and 14-16″ I-joist insulation cavity with cellulose insulation on EPS wrapped grade beam foundation and slab on grade. Galvalum roof, windows and doors by Gaulhofer. The cladding consists of charred cedar as a durable and aesthetic solution to a local material. The only major challenge to overcome was the area-volume ratio due to the small scale of the house.

Laura Keil and Andru McCracken have been living in the house for the past 6 years. This presentation will provide an overview of getting a Passive House Single Family Home built in a remote location. In addition to exploring the technical aspects of this Passive House build, Laura and Andru will share their lived experiences in building and living in a Passive House. They will share their thoughts about what they love about their house, what they would do differently and the drawbacks to living in a Passive House.

Kim Walton, CPHC, Designer/Principle, Bow Crow Design
Passive House Consultant
Kim Walton of Bow Crow Design has spent the last 40 years designing energy efficient homes and small buildings from the Alberta Foothills. Using her skills in Energy modelling and employing excellence in building science, Kim designs and manages Passive House and Net Zero projects across Western Canada. Certified as a PH Designer and Builder, Kim was the PH consultant for the Valemount Passive House. 

Vincent Siu, Architect AIBC LEED.AP, Siu Architecture Inc.
Vincent Siu is an AIBC registered architect hailing from Vancouver.  Before establishing Siu Architecture Inc., Vincent was introduced to a burgeoning  community of passive house designers and builders when he took a passive house  course taught by Dr. Guido Wimmers in 2014.  There he met construction manager  Erik Olofsson and by 2015 they began work on a passive house in Valemount, BC.   With the contribution of passive house designer Kim Walton, the project achieved  
PHI certification.  The team would collaborate again on the UNBC Facilities Management  Building also successfully achieving PHI certification.   Vincent holds a Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University and a  Bachelor of Arts from UBC.  He completed his internship working for firms in  Vancouver and New York.  

Erik Olofsson, Director, Erik Olofsson Construction Inc.
Erik is the director of Vancouver, BC based Erik Olofsson Construction Inc. specializing  in building certified residential and commercial passive house buildings around the  province. The firm’s projects include buildings in cold climates such as Fort St. John,  Prince George, and Valemount. 

Laura Keil
Valemount Passivhus Homeowner
Laura Keil is a writer, mother, and the founding editor of the Rocky Mountain Goat Newspaper (one of the few remaining independent newspapers in BC). She is a co-creator of Valemountia, a satire about living in a tiny mountain village.

Andru McCracken
Valemount Passivhus Homeowner
Andru McCracken is a backcountry skier, brewery enthusiast, a former journalist and a mountain bike trail maintainer with a specialization in moving dirt. He’s married to Laura Keil. Together they have a 5 year old child named Locklan.


Please note that this is a live-only event and will not be recorded.

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