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"Age strong. Live well.
I can help you build a Legend
worth handing down."

Daniel Clarke Architect is Metro Vancouver's specialist architect for ULTRA high-performance, super-healthy climate-resilient luxurious Passive House / net-zero houses and multi-family residential buildings.​

THE ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOUSE

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

This is more than just energy efficency.  It goes even beyond comfort.  I believe a house must be resilient to climate change and respect natural systems and habitat.  Each project must:

  • incorporate climate-resilient design,

  • create physically and psychologically healthy spaces,

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

  • be appropriate to its climate and to its surroundings,

  • perform to the Passive House standard,

  • restore or create green space,

  • use resources efficiently,

  • perform its functions intrinsically,

  • respect its budget, and

  • be timelessly elegant - never outdated.

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Daniel is very thorough and knowledgeable. He is pragmatic in his approach and provided extra value by sharing articles and real world examples of how I could design an energy efficient building without breaking the bank.

- Dale

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PASSIVE HOUSE MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS

My 24 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.

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HOW TO BUILD A LEGEND

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.

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 To learn more about a "lemon" versus a "LEGEND" and how YOUR house compares to an ultra high-performance home, read 
'GRAB THE KEYS TO AN ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOME'
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Comfort and health are near the top of the list of things a house must do, second only to shelter and security.  You and your family deserve to have the best quality of life in your own home.

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ENJOY SOPHISTICATED PERFORMANCE

Fine detailing is the key to exquisite craftsmanship.  

You're a top-performing professional, so you deserve an ultra high-performing house.  The crucial ingredient to that performance is exceptional, thoughtful detailing.  As a Passive House architect, I can bring a higher standard of care to your project.

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GET SECURITY WITH CLIMATE RESILIENCE 

Do you want a house that will stand up to climate change?  Architecture needs to be designed for extreme weather events.  Wondering how you can cool your house naturally in summer heatwaves without air conditioning or heat your house in the coldest winter weather without spending a fortune?

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MY PROCESS TO GUIDE YOUR PROJECT

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™.

Here's the basic process of working with me:
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DETERMINE WHAT YOU CAN BUILD

Adding to or remodeling your house?  Rebuilding your home altogether?  Redeveloping an investment property?  My RED Report™ shows you all the available options to help you pick the redevelopment strategy makes the most sense for you.  

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HOW YOUR FOREVER HOME CAN LAST MORE THAN A LIFETIME

Whether you're targeting a Passive House, a Net Zero house, or an Ultra High-Performance house, the UltraHome™ is designed to provide the most satisfying home environment and last longer than you.

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.

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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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Conceptual rendering of a modern West Coast cabin in a mountain forest of Vancouver Island
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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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conceptual rendering of a modern house in the clearing of a mountain forest
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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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