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Local Address:  Victoria , British Columbia , Canada
Company Description: The Canadian Passive House Institute West contributes to the sustainability of the built environment through supporting and advocating for the use Passive House...   more
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About - Canadian Passive House
canphi.ca, 16 July 2015 [cached]
Rob Bernhardt, President
Directors - British Columbia Cycling Coalition
www.bccc.bc.ca, 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
Rob Bernhardt Vice President
Rob Bernhardt, ...
canphi.ca, 16 July 2015 [cached]
Rob Bernhardt, President
rob@canphi.ca
Rob Bernhardt is also ...
www.bchydro.com, 20 June 2014 [cached]
Rob Bernhardt is also president of Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI).
"You can get to all of your other sustainability goals by tackling the energy efficiency first," he says.
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The Passive House standard's primary focus on energy efficiency means it doesn't compare directly to standards such as LEED or GreenBuild, Bernhardt says, but neither are they competitors.
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Bernhardt should know; he lives with his wife, two sons and parents in what they hope will be Vancouver Island's first Passive House, a duplex built by his company. (They're currently waiting for certification.)
"You pay a little bit extra at the outset but by day one you're paying less on your utility bills," says Bernhardt.
He figures that the additional cost on his family's monthly mortgage payments is more than offset in savings on his energy and maintenance bills. (Passive House Cost Comparison)
Energy efficient building technique offers better comfort and few drawbacks
Bernhardt says there are other reasons to consider a Passive House.
"We started doing this because of the energy efficiency and now that we've actually lived in it, it's the comfort that motivates us," he says.
Passive houses are also quieter than conventional homes, with little noise from outside because of the high quality windows and thick walls.
As for drawbacks, there aren't many, according to Bernhardt, other than a function-first approach. You're unlikely to find items such as fireplaces, as most aren't energy efficient enough to meet the rigid Passive House standards.
"There's no reason to have a fireplace because you're not cold," he says.
Interest in better building is infectious
Bernhardt says although there's a market for single-family homes, he's thinking bigger. "We are currently applying to the City of Victoria for a development permit for a six-plex. We see developers very interested in economical high performance developments.
"With larger projects we achieve economies of scale that make this not just environmentally sustainable, but more economically sustainable as well."
Bernhardt says the interest in building better is infectious. Although Passive House building-envelope design requires less in the way of mechanical systems, Bernhardt has found mechanical companies are not concerned about a drop in business.
"They're really keen to get into the science of this and try it, because it does make for a more comfortable living environment and there are certain techniques that are unique to building a Passive House," he says.
Board of Directors - BC Cycling Coalition
bccc.bc.ca, 16 Jan 2014 [cached]
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Rob joined the BCCC with an interest in growing the BCCC's organizational capacity and developing British Columbia as a cycle tourism destination. As a retired lawyer and former director of numerous non-profit organizations, he believes organizational development is the fundamental challenge facing most organizations. Having ridden most of the roads in BC and toured extensively [...]Read More Work Email:rob.bernhardt@bccc.bc.caINTERNET
Rob joined the BCCC with an interest in growing the BCCC's organizational capacity and developing British Columbia as a cycle tourism destination. As a retired lawyer and former director of numerous non-profit organizations, he believes organizational development is the fundamental challenge facing most organizations.
Having ridden most of the roads in BC and toured extensively elsewhere, BC's amazing potential as a cycle tourism destination is clear. He hopes to assist in realizing that potential by drawing on his background in sport, international events, and tourism sector development.
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