Passive House Canada Conference Social and Tour are Open for Registration!

We would like to thank our Passive House community, speakers, volunteers and delegates for their incredible support! Our Conference is SOLD OUT, but you can still attend the conference social and networking event, in addition to the Passive House Project Tour.

Social and Networking Event:

Passive into Action! BCIT Building Lab Demo Night
Wednesday November 7, 2018 
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
BCIT High Performance Building Lab – 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby

You will not want to miss this event! Held in the one-of-a-kind BCIT High Performance Building Lab, this is sure to be an evening of hands-on fun as you put into practice what you have learned at day one of the Passive House Conference! Hosted by BCIT at the High Performance Building Lab, the evening will provide an opportunity to take part in several stations where you can get your hands dirty – maybe even get a blister on your thumb!

Tickets ($40+tax) include dinner & wine and transportation to and from the convention centre. A big thank you to our sponsors Roofing Contractors Association of BC (RCABC).

Register Today at http://bit.ly/PHCsocial

*Because Conference is sold out please register for the social event using the ‘SOCIAL ATTENDANCE ONLY’ option.

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Passive House Project Tour:

On Friday November 9th Passive House Canada will wrapping up the conference and kicking-off International Passive House Days with project tours.

Whistler Full Day Passive House Project Tour – $125 + GST
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
It’s worth the drive to Whistler! Tour includes the BC Passive House manufacturing plant of prefabricated panels, a single-family residential dwelling, a commercial Passive House building and a MURB under construction. Transportation provided, lunch is not included however participants will have the opportunity to purchase lunch along the way. Tour tickets are non-refundable.

Register Today at http://bit.ly/PHCtour

*Because Conference is sold out please register for the tour using the ‘SOCIAL ATTENDANCE ONLY’ option.


Passive House Canada Call for Nominations – Board of Directors

Position: Director, Board of Directors, Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada (volunteer position)

Company Summary:

Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada (PHC-MPC) is Canada’s non-profit professional association and community of experts in the Passive House (Passivhaus) high performance building standard. We are the Canadian affiliate of the International Passive House Association and a member of the North American Passive House Network.  We are a member-based organization representing over 800 members across Canada.

Our mission is to facilitate awareness of the Passive House Standard across Canada and transform the built environment, creating more comfortable and healthier buildings, and contributing to a sustainable future. We do this through advocacy, education, events and by fostering community.

Overview:

PHC-MPC has six (6) vacancies on the board of directors, of which three (3) positions are up for renewal.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about excellent not-for-profit board governance, with a commitment to the development of Passive House high performance buildings.

Nominees should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: accounting and finance, law, government relations, and policy review and development. Directors with the outlined expertise will complement existing Board members, who are currently building science specialists and/or have experience and knowledge of high-performance buildings and the Passive House standard.

The role of the Board is to govern and oversee the affairs of the organization. As a member of the Board of Directors, you will work with other board members, the CEO and the Director of Operations on strategic decision-making, governance, monitoring performance, risk management, as well as developing and maintaining effective partnerships and communication within the organization’s members and its stakeholders.

The Board meets monthly via conference calls. Board Members are expected to read and understand documents and reports prior to meetings, and attend meetings prepared to actively participate in the conversations and decisions. In addition, Board Members often serve on specific event or project committees. A Board Member should anticipate dedicating approximately 8-12 hours per month to the role. The appointment will commence in November 2018. Directors are appointed for a 1 year to 3-year term and may be reappointed for up to three (3) terms (to a maximum of nine (9) consecutive years).

Required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Previous experience with other not-for-profit governing boards is required, complete with a clear understanding and appreciation for policy governance principles;
  • Accounting and finance knowledge and experience;
  • Experience in legal matters in relation to human resources, contracts, and partnerships;
  • Experience engaging with government regulators and stakeholders;
  • Experience working with government officials in relation to securing funding, developing partnerships, and policy development and/or review;
  • Understanding of the strategic planning process and ability to contribute to the development of strategic plans;
  • Experience in coalition building and community engagement efforts; and
  • Ability to identify prospective opportunities and plan accordingly to achieve them.

Additional information:

Our Board operates with integrity and members are expected to adhere to an Ethical Code of Conduct. Nominees must demonstrate mature confidence, active participation, and work respectfully with other Board members and employees. Passive House Canada actively supports a culture of diversity and welcomes applications and nominations from all who reflect the diverse communities that we serve.

How to Apply:

If you or someone you know has the time, commitment and the specific skills identified above to take on the role of a Director, please send a cover letter, biography and head-shot photo (for the voting ballots) to the Chair of the Nomination Committee, Mr. Marcel Studer: admin@passivehousecanada.com

Next steps:

Once the nominations close, the Nomination Committee will review the nominations received and select candidates that will contribute the desired knowledge, skills and experience outlined above, and make recommendations to the Board and membership in terms of who should be elected to the Board. Electronic voting ballots will be distributed to the membership from approximately October 17 to November 2.

Please note: In order to vote, one must be a registered Passive House Canada member. Each member organization is entitled to one vote.

Nomination closing date: October 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Pacific)

Pour plus amples renseignements en français sur le processus de nomination, veuillez téléphoner à Marc Tremblay, au 778-265-2744. Sachez que les rencontres du Conseil d’administration de Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada se déroulent en français.


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.


Summer and Fall course schedule published – Prices changing June 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce the Summer and Fall course calendar!

The schedule was designed to help practitioners get the training required in several metropolitan areas and prepare them to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant exams scheduled by the Passive House Institute. There will be over 70 courses, events and exams offered.

You can access the upcoming courses here.

Important note: On June 1, 2018, course prices will be marginally increased to help cover the rising costs of our education program.

The additional revenues will be directed to improve the program and cover increasing costs for venues, catering, printing and travel. In addition, we continually update the curriculum and plan to develop new courses and workshops, which require significant ongoing investment by Passive House Canada / Maison Passive Canada.

Rest assured that course prices will remain competitive with other professional courses offered by similar not-for-profit associations and all people registered in Fall and Summer courses before the price change will benefit from the slightly lower fees.

We thank you for your anticipated understanding and continued support.

Passive House Canada / Maison Passive Canada


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.