HAVAN Site Tour: Certified Passive House by Nick Bray Architecture + Project Mint Developments

Event date: June 4, 2019
Showtime: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Kuzco Lighting Inc. 112 E. 6th Avenue Vancouver, BC
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The Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) members, Project Mint Developments and Nick Bray Architecture, are building an exemplar Certified Passive house (near NetZero Energy) in Vancouver, and together with HAVAN and their project partners, will be hosting an information session and self-guided tour at this unique home on Tuesday, June 4.

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 its high-performance targets, this Certified Passive home also demonstrates how high-performance homes can be integrated into small in-fill lots that are common in urban centres.

This two-part event will start off-site with an informational session held at the Kuzco Lighting Showroom in Vancouver, led by architect and owner, Nick Bray, who will discuss the unique features of this project, the site challenges and solutions, as well as the technology in this home.  This session will also include the opportunity to talk to suppliers involved in this project, learning about how their systems and technologies help meet the high-performance standards required for it to be Certified Passive.  Food and drinks will be provided, sponsored by Federated Insurance.

The second part will be a self-guide tour of the home, located at 465 East 18th Avenue, a short five-minute drive.  The home will be at the framing stage so attendees will be able to see different components of the home’s design.

By 2032, the BC Building Code minimum standard requiring all homes to be built to Step 5 of the Energy Step Code (NetZero-Ready), which is only 13 years into the near future.  Now is the time for builders to learn how to evolve their construction and design processes to be able to meet this high-performance standard.  By investing now in learning and starting to build high-performance homes, builders taking the initiative to build beyond code will already be adapted to achieve these performance requirements and will able to stay ahead of the competition.

See first-hand the processes, technologies, and planning behind this unique Passive House.



Who Should Attend

Builder, renovators, designers, architects — industry interested in Passive House

Event Agenda


  • 3 p.m.     Event opens.
    • Attendees start the two-part event at Kuzco Lighting Inc., 112 E. 6th Avenue, Vancouver
    • Opportunity to speak to project suppliers to learn about high-performance solutions
    • Food and drinks served
  • 3:45 p.m. Passive House project information lecture (30 min)
    • Led by project architect, Nick Bray of Nick Bray Architecture
  • 4:30 p.m. Self-Guided Tour of Passive House
    • Attendees are welcome to stay to network and connect with the project suppliers until 5 p.m.
    • Any time after 4:30 p.m., attendees are welcome to make their way to the project site for a self-guided tour.
      • Address: 465 East 18th Avenue, Vancouver
      • Note: project is framed not finished