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.


Construction Site Tour of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Passive House project

Site Visit

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Passive House, 1406 Bowen Road, Nanaimo

by Sarah Brewer, Passive House Canada Intern

 

Field superintendent

Field Superintendent Dallas Clark Renney tours us through the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Passive House construction site March 2018

 

In mid-March, Passive House Canada office staff toured the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Passive House site with Field Superintendent Dallas Clark Renney of Saywell Construction Management. As a co-op student from the University of Victoria, I am just learning about Passive House building methodology and this was my first site visit. Dallas greeted us at the site gate with the sleeves of his purple shirt rolled up, wearing well worn work boots and a black hard hat, a tape measured hanging off the pocket of his jeans, and an energy drink in his hand. He had stopped running the heavy machinery to give us the tour.


Passive House High-Rise Workshops

The City of Vancouver and Passive House Canada are organizing 2 interactive workshops to help Passive House professionals build Passive House high-rises, April 25, at UBC Robson Square, in Vancouver.


Employment funding available for green projects

The Mitacs Career Connect program is currently offering opportunities for projects that aim to protect the environment, create positive environmental outcomes, or address an environmental or climate change-related challenge. The program provides a 50 per cent employment subsidy to eligible organizations for a six-month green project that offers STEM-career experience for a young graduate. Sustainable planning and urban design, including Passive House projects, are eligible funding areas.


Certification renewal via documentation extended to Passive House tradespeople

The Passive House Institute recently formally introduced the renewal option for tradesman certification via trades documentation. The overall procedure—with the initial inspection of trades documentation and the contract design—is based on the project documentation provided by designers. A MicroSoft Word template is available to use for submitting this information. The building does not have to be a certified Passive House, as the conditions apply to the individual building components.


Bigger, higher, better-performing buildings: Passive House Canada explores large high-performance buildings at BUILDEX Vancouver

For Immediate Release                                                                                   

February 07, 2018

VICTORIA – To help the building community prepare for new energy-efficiency standards in B.C., Passive House Canada and design and construction industry leaders present the latest developments in high-performance building at BUILDEX Vancouver, February 14–15.

Every year, more Passive House energy-efficient six-storey multi-residential buildings, high rises and institutional buildings are being planned and constructed in B.C. The construction industry is changing as building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials seek to deliver these high-performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace.

“Building codes are changing to require greater energy efficiency in communities across Canada, and it’s important industry understand the benefits and requirements in designing and constructing high-performance buildings,” says Passive House Canada CEO Rob Bernhardt, one of the presenters at the Passive House seminars at BUILDEX Vancouver. “Industry leaders have come together at BUILDEX to share their knowledge and experience with B.C.’s building community.”


PHI seeks to determine how the building energy standards compare

The Passive House Institute is in discussion with the U.S. Green Building Council about admitting international Passive House certification as an alternative compliance path to the energy component of LEED certification. If successful, PHI sees this as promoting the international Passive House Standard in North America and globally.


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.