April 20, 2021
For immediate release

Passionate about everything Passive House, Nick Bray, of Nick Bray Architecture, shares his unlikely journey with Mike and Jennifer-Lee co-hosts of HAVAN’s podcast Measure Twice, Cut Once, about building a 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom high-performance house on a 25-foot-wide peat bog in Vancouver. Bonus! Lucila Diaz of Harmony Sense Interiors shares her expansive design solutions for the 18-foot-wide home.


EPISODE #14 PASSIVE PASSION: Lifestyle benefits of living in a passive home.


‘Passive home has the potential to use up to 90% less energy than a typical house creating a huge reduction in energy bills. More importantly, the impact on improved living space for the occupants and a reduction in CO2 emissions to help tackle global warming for the environment are huge.’


‘Windows used in passive homes are beautiful and robust, featuring multi-lock three-layered glass for a reduction in noise pollution, and increased anti-theft protection. Note: passive home windows do open!’

 Nick Bray, Nick Bray Architecture


‘A passive house is an investment in your lifestyle. Like eating organic food, passive homes cost a little bit more, but you can live in a more harmonious state with sound control, continuous fresh air, and controlled air temperature.’


‘Small space does not require small furniture. It’s about finding the right furniture to properly work in the space and with the ergonomics of the people who live in the space. Your eye needs to breathe. Allow for empty spaces between features in the area you are designing.’

Lucila Diaz, Harmony Sense Interiors


Packed with resources and tips, episode #14, Passive Passion, launches today!


Season Two explores a series of exciting housing projects including whole-home renovations, aging in place, adaptability solutions, new high-performance and passive homes, duplex designs, small housing solutions, redesigned award-winning character homes, plus so much more! Co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee ask the questions, so homeowners get the answers to help build or renovate the home right, the first time. Season One looked at everything you need to know before you start your project.


Media Contact: Dawn Sondergaard



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