Bernhardt Passive House

General Contractor and Passive House Consultant

A First for Vancouver Island

This residence was completed in 2013 and was the first certified Passive House on Vancouver Island.

As the project general contractor and Passive House consultant, Bernhardt Contracting Ltd. introduced our region to a new level of indoor comfort, air quality and affordability while contributing to the attainment of community climate change goals.

Building Design

Designed by Cascadia Architects in Victoria, it is a two-family residence for a young family of four, plus active grandparents in a separate suite. As the front of the lot faces west, the building must maintain a suitable presence from the street while maximizing the southern orientation for solar heat gain in the winter. To provide separation of living spaces for two families on the sloping lot, the upper suite uses the front yard as outdoor space on a quiet street, landscaped for privacy. The secondary suite on the garden level is on grade, with the backyard as its outdoor living space.