Women's Council Industry Tour - Naikoon Contracting

Women's Council Industry Tour - Naikoon Contracting

September 23, 2022 (2:00 PM - 4:30 PM) (PDT)


***PLEASE NOTE THAT PPE (steel-toed shoes, hi-vis vest and hard hat is required for this event.***

****Tour is limited to 30 people. Register early and avoid disappointment!****

Join HAVAN's Women's Council for a tour by award-winning builder Naikoon Contracting, and ONE SEED Architecture, at their multi-unit passive house duplex, currently under construction. Led by Naikoon's project manager, Eri Uhthoff, and architect Allison Holden-Pope, these two dynamic women will share the inside design and building details of the project, on track for Passive House + Certification. 


The architecture of Bird’s Wing Passivhaus + is modern and impactful in its simplicity from the exterior. A folding roof line, like the wing of a bird in flight, features prominently in the front elevation. The design is rooted in nature, with a modern take on a gabled profile. The footprint of the home is continuous from foundation to roof, and incorporates a single notch in plan to create architectural interest while keeping the thermal envelope simple. The planning of the duplex was an exercise in optimization of space, like a creative three-dimensional puzzle of interlocking pieces.

Building Standards

Passive House Plus: This home exceeds classic Passive House requirements and is on-track for Passive House Plus certification with on-site generation of renewable energy thanks to a simple solar array over half of the upper roof. Passive House Plus is a newer standard created by PHI to acknowledge projects which produce approximately as much energy as the residents consume for an annual net-zero energy balance (reference: passipedia.org). 

On-site generation of renewable energy is an ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard, where the heating demand is so low, that PV systems can be modest in size and therefore also in cost. Even with multiple suites in this compact duplex, thirty-three photovoltaic panels on the roof provide sufficient on-site collection of solar energy to offset the energy consumed by the households, when paired with our high-performance envelope and other features such as drain water heat recovery.

The project's rough-ins phase will be fully completed by the date of the event with the main activities focusing on exterior finishes, garage roofing and interior walls insulation commencement.


Eri Uhthoff, Project Manager, Naikoon Contracting:  Eri's background includes architecture, renewable energies and project management expertise. Originally from Mexico, she now calls Vancouver home having also spent time living in Germany and Spain whilst studying for qualifications in renewable energies and sustainability.

Allison Holden-Pope, Architect AIBC, ONE SEED Architecture:  Allison founded One SEED in 2008, leaving a comfortable position at an integrated architecture / engineering / construction firm to pursue her passion for evocative and sustainable residential design. Her aesthetic is informed by the rugged outdoors of the West Coast, the straight lines and big skies of the prairies where she grew up, as well as international travels. As a mother of two young and completely crazy boys, her work is also influenced by the daily adventures and pragmatic realities of raising an active family. As a local leader in residential sustainability and Passive House, Allison believes in being an “open source”, and has shared lessons learned at various speaking engagements and conferences.

Naikoon Contracting:  With above-average green standards on every project, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is one of the most experienced and accredited high-performance home builders in the country. We build quality, well-built homes using sustainable construction practices. We build every home as if it was our own. Our organization has also completed a diverse range of projects including food processing facilities, airport terminals, civil works upgrades, envelope remediations, community centres, chemo labs and much more. It is with this full circle industry experience, that we can add major value to any project team. If you want to read about mission statements, costs control, project scheduling or our overall policies, processes and methodologies, just ask. We’ve got this covered.

ONE SEED Architecture + Interiors is a boutique firm renowned for creating modern and sustainable spaces. Our designs embrace the spirit of the West Coast and are also influenced by minimalist nordic architecture, as evidenced by our use of natural materials with restraint and grace. As the designer of several Passive House projects, we are local leaders and advocates for building better and healthier buildings.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT PPE (steel-toed shoes, hi-vis vest and hard hat is required for this event.***

3235 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 2R8 Canada
Event Contact
Carolyn Beale
(778) 373-9786
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September 23, 2022 (2:00 PM - 4:30 PM) (PDT)

2:20pm to 3:20pm Tour/presentation start/finish time; 3:20pm to 4:30pm Networking 

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