Category: Advocacy

The 2019 Passive House Canada Conference – Call for Proposals Now Open!

The 2019 Passive House Canada Conference takes place October 17-18 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The Call for Proposals is now open!!!

Are you working on a new project? Have a new innovation, or significant lessons learned that you would like to share with the Passive House community? Submit a speaker proposal for consideration for presentation at the conference. The submission deadline is April 15th –  click HERE for more details.

For key dates regarding the conference please visit: https://conference.passivehousecanada.com/participant-information/


Post-Conference Letter from the CEO

Our conference theme of ‘Partnering for Transformation’ meant different things to different people. For most, the central goal of attending was to learn from fellow practitioners, contractors, developers, and manufacturers.  For others it was an opportunity to network, build contacts, and grow their community.

What we all gained was the opportunity to see first-hand, the incredible momentum that Passive House is gaining in Canada. Just a few short years ago, it seemed that very few people understood the solutions Passive House professionals were offering.

As Canada’s building market changes and Passive House becomes known, one thing becomes clearer: that we are all dependent on a supportive policy environment. Without governments, municipalities, associations, and educational institutions on board we are swimming against the current.

During conference, the federal government took the opportunity to say it is probable that the final tier of the Net Zero Energy Ready Code will be very close to Passive House standards. While it might not seem as such, this is a significant win for Canada, and the result of our national buildings strategy building upon the experience in leading cities and provinces.

If there is one thing that everyone can walk away from this conference with, we hope it is a sense of the important difference each of us can make by working with our governments to advance building standards.  Attend meetings, make submissions and participate in the numerous processes preceding policy implementation.  Collectively, we can make a real difference.

Some provincial incentive programs are working to encourage developers to build to a higher standard and targeting Passive House certification in building components and demonstration projects. These clear indicators of the future should give everyone the confidence in the work that our community has done, and the investments being made in policy, training, and product development to meet the demands of the future market.

We want to thank everyone who has worked to advance Passive House in Canada, and to all those who helped make this conference a success.  Our objective with this conference was to create an opportunity for people to gather together, learn from each other, and become excited about the future of building in Canada. We hope that the conference left you feeling inspired and looking forward to market transformation.

Sincerely,

Rob Bernhardt


Advancing market transformation, one step at a time.

As many of us shift from summer mode, ramping up for a busy fall season, let’s take a minute to look towards the future.  Canada has come a long way in a relatively short time developing a vision of what buildings should be.  While the concept of high performance buildings becoming the norm is only emerging in most circles, it is well defined in Build Smart: Canada’s Buildings Strategy.

And though the roll out of the strategy may seem frustratingly slow to those of us delivering high performance buildings today, the direction is clear. To advance Canada’s future vision of buildings, we have been working hard to partner with government bodies and industry leaders like you.

Before the release of Canada’s Buildings Strategy, we were deeply involved in the development of the UN Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Buildings.  Currently those guidelines are emerging as a global reference that also aligns well with Build Smart.  Our work continues as we work in conjunction with the Passive House Institute and other international agencies to implement the Framework Guidelines in regions across the globe.

Our goal is to develop a globally recognized level of performance that buildings should achieve to address climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which also address issues such as affordability, quality of life, and building resiliency.

These goals are supported by buildings achieving the Passive House standard and the pursuit of this strategy creates the opportunity to chart a new path for Passive House performance levels, enabling those design and construction practices to become mainstream.  In addition to directly benefiting from global knowledge and policy development, Canada has the true potential to be a global leader in the quest to deliver buildings that are better for people and the planet.

To reflect the work that the Canadian Passive House community, your community, has been doing, we decided to align our conference with the conferences of the national and global leaders with whom we have been Partnering for Transformation.

Attending our conference in November will give you an opportunity to connect with the global community of leading building scientists and policy makers addressing building performance and climate change.   It is an exciting time to be working with industry and government partners developing the shared vision outlined in Build Smart, a process you can connect with, and benefit from, regardless of where you live.

We encourage you to register to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from, and meet, those responsible for accelerating market transformation in Canada and internationally, in addition to learning from some of the industry’s top design and construction professionals. We look forward to staying in touch over the next several weeks as we continue to prepare for our conference and AGM.

Thank you for being part of this incredible community, for supporting Passive House Canada, and for all that you do in your day-to-day work to advance the transformation of Canada’s built environment. Together we have accomplished so much, which we could not have done without you.

Sincerely,

Rob Bernhardt
CEO, Passive House Canada

 

 

 


Passive House Canada and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange join international powers to drive global adoption of performance-based codes for buildings.

 

On July 10, 2018 Passive House Canada and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx), participated in the UNECE High Performance Building Initiative at UN Headquarters in New York to establish the International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings. Also present were the UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, the City of Vancouver, representatives from Ireland, Penn State University and the North American Passive House Network.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, or UNECE, is one of the five United Nations Regional Commissions working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2017 UNECE adopted the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings which promotes the adoption of aggressive, performance-based codes for buildings.

To support deployment of the Framework Guidelines and to advance the performance of buildings broadly, UNECE is launching a global network of International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings that will provide on-the-ground implementation assistance for building owners and developers, contractors, architects, engineers and planning officials.


Soon to open: Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence

ZEBCoE-image-for-OGBS-websiteVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the City of Vancouver (the City), Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society are pleased to announce the launch of the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (the Centre and/or ZEBCoE), a collaborative platform to strengthen the public, private and civic capacities to deliver zero emissions buildings.


March is Passive House month in Edmonton

 

Between speaking to representatives from cities around the world, presenting our Building Enclosures course to local industry, and presenting the latest policy and technical developments in cold-climate high-performance building, Passive House Canada will be spending much of March in Edmonton.