About Us

Cody Akira Belton


Certified Passive House Designer, Professional Technologist, AScT

Founder & Principal


Cody Akira Belton is the Founder and Principal of Akira Living.  He is a Project Manager and Building Consultant providing design support and energy modelling services for Passive House projects (Step 5 for Part 9 & Step 4 for Part 3 buildings in the BC Energy Step Code).  After earning his Diploma in Architectural & Building Engineering with Honours from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), he has been dedicated to advanced building enclosure design to create High-Performance Buildings and Homes.

Cody is a Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant (CPHD), Professional Technologist (PTech), and Applied Science Technologist (AScT) with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).  During his time at BCIT, Cody was the recipient of the ASTTBC Achievement Award for academic excellence in the area of architectural and building engineering.

With over a decade of experience in the industry as a lead Building Enclosure Consultant, he has worked on numerous residential projects.  Cody designs building enclosure transition details encompassing cost effective constructability, functional water shedding surfaces, and continuity of the required barriers (air, vapour, moisture and thermal).  On conventional house projects, Cody guides homeowners, builders and architects on the proper use of various waterproofing materials, insulations, and best practice techniques to create a durable building enclosure.

Cody founded Akira Living to share the truth about existing North American practices in conventional construction, and to help the Building Industry transform to only build High-Performance Buildings and Homes to redefine what we consider to be quality.  To simplify the design process to create an energy efficient home that is more comfortable, with better indoor air quality, nearly soundproof to street noise, and resilient to condensation damage.  These are qualities that define a True Luxury© home, all of which are by-products of the Passive House Standard.  It’s now possible to design and construct a home that is not only built to a higher standard, but is also more affordable.  Akira Living’s Building Enclosure Construction Assemblies and Detail Packages are designed to meet the straight forward, performance based Passive House Standard tailored to a cold and mixed North American climate.

After extensive research, development and professional training on the Passive House approach to construction, Cody now consults and guides clients to build higher quality and more affordable buildings and houses.  Refer to the DETAILS section to learn more.

If you could build a superior house that is more affordable to live in and maintain, would you?

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Mission

Akira Living will empower architects, residential designers, developers, builders, and the most vital participants of all – the homeowners to produce and renovate homes to the right standard, the Passive House Standard, and redefine True Luxury© and quality living in the market place. We will provide guidance on a high performance built environment to create a brighter future for the inhabitants and surrounding natural environment.

Vision

We strive to change the general public’s perception of luxury homes. Luxury cannot be solely created with expensive finishes appealing to the eye or adding isolated mechanical systems. True Luxury© is about pleasing the senses from unsurpassed thermal comfort and indoor air quality that is realized with the Passive House Standard. Comparable to the automobile industry, a modern luxury vehicle pays attention to the details, high-quality with compelling features to improve performance and comfort. Driving these vehicles creates an enhanced feeling beyond a visually pleasing design. A high performance house that meets the Passive House Standard creates a similar enhanced feeling when compared to a conventional house. People can no longer be fooled into believing something is truly luxurious just because of clever branding or isolated features such as quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and radiant heated floors. True Luxury© will be high performance building construction that benefits the inhabitants health and overall quality of life.

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COMFORTABLE

Discomfort is felt when your body radiates heat to colder surfaces around you. This does not happen in a Passive House. Super-insulated building enclosure including high performance windows ensures comfortable interior conditions with no cold surfaces on the walls, floor, or roof. No temperature swings or drafts. The constant interior temperatures provide a new level of comfort – once you experience it you won’t go back.
BETTER INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system delivering constant fresh filtrated air resulting in better indoor air quality, free of mold and lower levels of carbon dioxide, creating a healthy space to live.
SOUNDPROOF
Super-insulated and airtight building enclosure eliminates nearly all street noise when all windows and doors are closed. So you can get back to Netflix in peace and quiet.
DURABLE
Super-insulated and airtight building enclosure that’s thermal bridge free with controlled ventilation prevents condensation from forming on interior surfaces. A structure free of condensation damage will ensure an extraordinary service life.
HIGH PERFORMANCE
Passive House buildings consume 75% to 90% less heating energy than conventional homes. Save money on your monthly expenses by reducing your energy consumption.
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