How do you build a Passive House in NL?
So lets begin. I went into this venture knowing that I would be a guinea pig since this would be the first performance modelled home of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador built to the PHIUS standard (http://www.phius.org/phius-2015-new-passive-building-standard-summary). So this process alone needs some addressing. Will the home be certified? Certification is complicated and costly. To further address this, certification would pretty much be impossible since these homes have to be built by a Passive House qualified builder that has completed PHIUS builders certification course and has passed the certification. Achieving this with a limited budget was not going to work so I got creative! I decided to do the course myself! After being through one house build and many renovations it seemed like a good option. The builders course was offered by the company that I was going to contract to design my house. Natalie Leonard (P. Eng, CPHC) of Passive Design Solutions (http://passivedesign.ca) taught the course last November at Ryerson University in Toronto. It was an amazing course with a lot of information. The course material was covered over 4 days, from about 8 am to 5 pm. In the evenings I reviewed all of the material covered that day. I would say I spent about 48 hours total on the course which equates to the number of lecture hours of a typical university term course. Despite not working for a company, PHIUS agreed to let me write the exam. I passed the exam with flying colors. I knew I did well but was surprised by a perfect score of 100%!!! I was congratulated by PHIUS and told that this is rare! With this accomplishment under my belt I feel that I am more than ready to tackle this task.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I would say that the necessity here is to bring the first PHIUS+ 2015 modelled home to Newfoundland and Labrador. To facilitate overview of construction and all air sealing details I want to introduce Evolution Homes. It is a new startup, aimed at guiding construction of the first performance home in Newfoundland and Labrador modelled to the PHIUS standard. Who is Evolution Homes? Evolution Homes is: me and my dad; working together again almost 10 years after we said we wouldn't do it again!!!!