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Daniel Clarke Architect is Vancouver's specialist architect for ULTRA high-performance, climate-resilient luxury Passive House / net-zero houses and multi-family residential buildings in British Columbia.​

"Age strong. Live well.
Build a Legend worth handing down."

THE ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOUSE

​I guide homeowners who are planning their legacy homes and want to trade their high-maintenance houses for high-performance homes.  Escape the costly upkeep of a house that is often too hot or too cold and look forward to a modern, super-healthy, luxury home that will protect and comfort for generations.

I believe a house should respect natural systems and habitat and accommodate climate change.  Each project must:

  • perform its functions intrinsically,

  • create physically and psychologically healthy spaces,

  • be appropriate to its climate and to its surroundings,

  • restore or create green space,

  • use resources efficiently,

  • incorporate climate-resilient design,

  • respect its budget,

  • perform to the Passive House standard,

  • be durable (50-100 year design life to last generations), and

  • be timelessly elegant - never outdated.

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My 22 years of diverse experience includes multi-family residential buildings for private developers and public governmental departments with diverse priorities and needs.  I combine my extensive construction knowledge, building optimization strategies, and cutting edge building envelope science to develop affordable and cost-neutral multifamily residential projects with low total lifecycle costs.

PASSIVE HOUSE MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS

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Renovating or rebuilding your aging, underperforming house is the perfect time to make your home LEGENDARY. Like a super high-performance car, a “Legend Home” is an ultra-performance home. You get superior comfort, precise climate control, super durability, and enhanced live-ability.
If your house is less than 30 years old but starting to need more work every year maybe your house is a “lemon”. Most homes are.


A "lemon" leaks heat in the winter and overheats in the summer. One of the big clues you've got a “lemon” home is it’s becoming costlier to run and maintain. Another is your comfort is suffering more during really bad weather.  Think of it like a rusty old clunker car that didn't cost as much to buy but is getting expensive to keep on the road especially since you can't always rely on it to get you where you’re going.

 

My name is Daniel Clarke, and I provide education, tools, and advice for people who want to know what it’s like to own and live in a climate-resilient ultra performance “Legend Home”. Expensive renovations and even newly built homes usually underdeliver on performance. Owners assume they’ll get a high-performance home, but by using inferior materials and typical, sub-par design they end up with a “lemon”.  To learn more about a "lemon" home versus a "LEGEND" home, click HERE.

How does your house score compared to an ultra high-performance home?  Download my free Home Performance Assessment tool to find out.

DISCOVER THE KEYS TO A HEALTHY HOME

DESIGN FOR HEALTHY HOMES

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Comfort is near the top of the list of things a house must do, second only to shelter and security.  Airtight house construction eliminates moldy walls, drafts, and cold feet.  Learn about the hidden hazards in my article 'Upgrade Your House, Part 1'.  An HRV is the central air-conditioning alternative that keeps you feeling comfortable even during heatwaves without portable AC units or noisy fans running all night.  My article How To Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality To Improve Your Health explores the quality of your indoor air.

Superinsulating your house means you can still walk around comfortably in a t-shirt and shorts year-round and still drastically lower your heating bill.  

ENJOY ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE

DETAILING FOR EXQUISITE CRAFTSMANSHIP

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Fine detailing is the key to exquisite craftsmanship.  

The cut and seams of a Ermenegildo Zegna Bespoke suit, the internal workings of a Bugatti motor, the movement of a Tag Heuer wristwatch, the turbine of a Rolls Royce jet plane engine are superbly detailed, thoroughly engineered, and precisely crafted.

 

These are all commodities that last less than a lifetime, so why would you settle for anything less when considering you and your family?  Your home deserves at least as much attention to detail as - and should be considered among - the finer things in life.

You're a top-performing professional, so you deserve an ultra high-performing house.  As a luxury Passive House architect in Vancouver and an ongoing believer in luxury net zero homes, I can bring a higher standard of care to your project.

TAKE CONTROL OVER THE RESOURCES YOUR HOME USES

DESIGN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

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The right designer is also your gateway to affordable net zero homes.  Worried about unpredictable builder quality?  Passive House design and certification ensures the highest quality build from the best home builders.  The result is a low-maintenance home.  Check out my 'Introduction to Passive House'.

You may be wondering how to cool your house naturally in summer without air conditioning.  Passive cooling offers strategies that can be used in designing a new house or major renovation that will lower your air conditioning bill to basically nothing.  Learn more in my article 'Passive Cooling Strategies for Heatwaves'.

MY PROCESS

Your home is a GEM.  As most gems are, your house is precious, unique, and should be shaped by great forces of nature.  It's an heirloom that future generations can appreciate - a rare treasure whose character reflects what you value.  That's why I've developed the SAPPHR System™.

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Here's the basic process of working with me:
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S.A.P.P.H.R.™ Strategy

When you want to move past just reading about a luxury net zero or Passive House home and want to experience how great it feels to live in one, I can show you how to make one happen.

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ARE YOU OR A CLIENT CONSIDERING DEVELOPING A PROPERTY OR
REMODELING A HOUSE?

Adding to your house?  Redeveloping a property?  My RED Report™ shows you all the available options to help you pick the redevelopment strategy makes the most sense for you.  Click HERE to read more about the RED Report™.

 
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YOUR FOREVER HOME CAN BE
A PLACE OF ENDURING BEAUTY

Sustainable architecture is a wasted effort if it's destroyed by fire.  Learn how to design a virtually fireproof house to protect it from raging wildfires.  Whether you're trying to design a fireproof house in the Okanagan or are wondering how to protect your home in the Gulf Islands from a possible forest fire, I can show you the options available.  A disaster proof home doesn't have to look like one; a high-performance survival home can be strikingly beautiful.  Award-winning, elegant architecture can be efficient, practical, and affordable, too.

Learn about fire-resistant buildings in my article, 'The Fireproof House - How to Design a Fire Resistant House to Protect Your Home from Wildfire'

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IS HIRING AN ARCHITECT WORTH IT?
HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT ARCHITECT?

Is your builder's home really tailored to you?  Let me illustrate how hiring an architect can get you a more interesting design.  The right architect can provide a beautiful, thoughtfully-designed, unique home design to suit your style and taste.  In my article 'YOU DON'T NEED TO HIRE AN ARCHITECT. OR DO YOU?', I share some perspective on whether or not to hire an architect.  How much does an architect cost?  Less than you might think.

Most house architects want to push the bounds of design and enjoy redefining the modern house - to combine modern, sophisticated luxury with resource independence in a low-maintenance home.  Is your architect still using traditional, flat drawings and you have to imagine the resulting building.  You want innovative architecture, and you deserve to see it.  I can create immersive 3D renderings and images of your future house.  Do you want to know if your architect wants to see your ideas or get input from you?  Find out how you are an integral part of that journey by reading my article 'Introduction to the Design Process'.  If you're looking for other building professionals such as a builder, an interior designer, or realtor, you can download my list of my hand-picked team by clicking HERE.

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MODERN NET ZERO AND OFF GRID LUXURY HOMES

Your Modern Net Zero or Off Grid Luxury Home Awaits

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I am happy to help you out no matter where in BC you want to build.  Maybe you want an off-grid luxury cottage on one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, perhaps you're planning a modern net-zero house for your retirement in the Okanagan, or you intend to build a new Passive House in the Metro Vancouver area.  

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Watering restrictions can result in a dead lawn, and regions in British Columbia such as the Okanagan have precious little rainfall.  The "blue roof" concept uses stormwater to create truly green architecture - lush greenery and landscaping - without paying for irrigation water.  Smart plant selection, carefree irrigation, and low-maintenance landscaping of the permaculture concept allows you to enjoy your green space without expensive irrigation equipment.  Using long-lasting roofing materials avoids a messy expensive roof replacement and extends the life of the house.  A "living" green roof extends the life of your roof and provides natural habitat for birds and bees.  See more by reading my Introduction to Green Buildings.

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Each month, I feature an article one one aspect of modern, high-performance houses.  Click on the thumbnail for a free download - no sign-up required.

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