Broadcasting from Nelson BC

Open House a Success

This past weekend we hosted an open house at the Bedford Road building site, as part of International PassivHaus Days. Over 40 people from Nelson and surrounding communities like Cranbrook and Castlegar came by (despite the pre-snow chill in the air) to see what we’ve been up to.

PassivHaus Open House - November 2012

Visitors tour the PassivHaus site.

Max and I were really happy to have the chance to take people around the site, introducing them to the concept and science of Passive House and pointing out the many features around the building where this super-efficient building method is being implemented, from the triple-stud frame to the window detailing. There is clearly strong interest in this community for alternate building solutions that reduce our long-term impact on the planet.

Throughout the winter we will be working with a host of local contractors to have Nelson’s first Passive House ready for habitation by the spring. At that time we’ll be hosting another open house and inviting everyone to come back and see how things have evolved.

Thanks to everyone who came out on the weekend and we look forward to seeing you again in the spring. Keiko will be serving tea again, but you’ll be able to enjoy it indoors by then…


  • Ron martens on Nov 18, 2012

    We would love to come visit Nelson and open house in the spring. Your photos look great.


  • jim on Nov 17, 2012

    Nicely done Luke and Max.

  • Erica Anderson on Nov 16, 2012

    We’re just not accustomed to seeing houses built with so much wood! Here in the Caribbean we use mainly concrete blocks. I look forward to revisiting in Spring, with Keiko serving tea and baby in arm.

    • Keiko on Nov 17, 2012

      Aunty Erica, are you guys thinking of coming out here in the flesh? Boy would that be a treat for us! We’d do better than serve you tea :)

  • Gordon Currie on Nov 16, 2012

    Wish I could have been there guys! Glad to hear it went well!

    Gordon Currie