Team member

Education Committee Lead

Frank Crawford is a civil engineer with 15 years of commercial construction project management experience. A refocused drive on designing a Passive House building in the Calgary area enabled Frank to build, and now currently live in, one of Calgary’s first Passive Houses. He is an Energy Efficiency and Passive House consultant advising others on high performance buildings, including retrofits and new builds. He is a former founding board member of Passive House Alberta, and continues to assist the non-profit foundation in promoting Passive House throughout the province.


Board Member

Trevor Isaac is a builder and Passive House Alberta board member representing the greater North West of the province. After completing the Passive House designer course in February 2019, Trevor became interested in encouraging greater support for the Passive House community. He has a desire to turn the interest in "big and fancy" buildings into "big, fancy, and efficient." As such, he is taking his company Refuge Construction Ltd. toward the Passive House level of efficiency and is committed to helping others stay in front of the more-stringent energy efficiency changes anticipated in upcoming National Building Codes.


Board Member

Cliff Huber is the Preconstruction Manager for Scott Builders Inc., an Alberta company specialized in total construction services from design to completion. Based in Edmonton, he is an Architectural Technologist, with 28 years’ experience designing and managing construction projects. In his position he is required to determine the Owners needs and design requirements, bringing together a team to complete projects that meet current standards and building practices. In addition to his role as a Passive House Alberta board member, Cliff is also an active member of The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).


Board Member

Marshall Gardner is a Passive House Consultant and the founder of SASEC Comfort Design in Lethbridge.  He brings experience working with unconventional structures and a long-standing passion for off-grid developments using natural materials.  Marshall’s focus is to raise comfort and efficiency potential towards Passive House heights with client education, in-depth building element analysis, and layout design to maximize building potential. Adapting the core elements of Passive House to new and existing buildings for enhanced comfort and efficiency for the long term, in a sustainable way, is possible!


Founding Board Member

Mahsan Omid is an Environmental Designer and founding board member of Passive House Alberta. Her master’s thesis sparked her passion for sustainability and environmental creativity, the forces driving her interest in high performance buildings. Mahsan has been delivering projects in leading construction, consulting and engineering firms, including net zero design projects ranging from community design down to homes. An interest in rigorous energy efficiency solutions led her toward the Passive House principles. She brings both an academic and practical knowledge to her work as an educator at SAIT and the University of Calgary.


Founding Board Member

Christopher de Laforest is the engineering and building professional and co-founder of SERI®, and a founding board member of Passive House Alberta. His work experience spans numerous energy efficient buildings, home renovations and retrofits, on and offshore environments and major domestic & international energy producers. Christopher is a professional engineer and an energy efficient Certified Passive House provider. He has a passion for detail and an interest in exploring new technologies and new concepts for both businesses and living spaces to improve performance and comfort, whilst decreasing long term costs.


Treasurer

Founder of a quietly successful architectural design, and consulting practice, Kim Walton of Bow Crow Design has spent the last 35 years designing energy efficient homes and small buildings from the Alberta Foothills. Using her skills in Energy modelling and employing excellence in building science, Kim designs and manages Passive House and Net Zero projects across Western Canada. Kim realizes her clients’ vision with solutions that are functional, healthy, durable, energy efficient, site-specific, beautiful and fun. She uses appropriate technologies to create sensible, affordable and sustainable living places.


Executive Director

Elan de Laforest is a co-founder and Director of Business and Environment for SERI®. An interdisciplinary innovator with degrees in science, management, and education, she is passionate about the relationship between the environment, buildings, and health. As a Professional Biologist, her experience spans disaster planning to policy development, bridging gaps across institutions and individuals based on 20+ years of work as a scientist, advisor and educator. Prior to joining Passive House Alberta, she served as a Senior Advisor with Alberta Environment.


Board Vice – Chair

Steven Cox believes the future of buildings in Alberta is the internationally recognized Passive House standard. In his eyes, it is the charge of this generation of Albertans to fully embrace the role of problem solver. Steven believes Passive House Alberta can inform others about how and why buildings are built the way they are. He wants people to get as excited about the less visible features within a building envelope as they are about cabinets, countertops and paint colors. Being involved in Passive House means being an active contributor in encouraging regenerative home development and improving health for every generation of Albertans.


Chair

Oscar Flechas is the founder of Flechas Architecture, a Calgary-based progressive studio that uses simple and creative design solutions to produce environmentally responsible and innovative results. He is a registered Architect with over 20 years of experience promoting environmental, social and economic responsibility within the building sector. With an eye for building designs that minimize the impact of their construction and maintenance, the principles of Passive House are a natural fit for his innovative projects. He is a founding board member of Passive House Alberta and is currently serving the organization as Board Chair.


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