Category: Advocacy

Reflection and anticipation: How far we’ve come and where we’re going

 

by Rob Bernhardt, CEO

The quiet softness falling snow in the night (or the thought of it) as the holiday season approaches seems to inspire reflection. Passive House Canada has experienced amazing growth this year in so many respects—in membership, in the number and complexity of projects we’ve undertaken, and in training and number of events held.


Incremental energy-efficiency targets set to transform buildings in municipalities

Phased-in performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for buildings are setting the course towards better buildings in the City of Toronto and municipalities across B.C. Local governments influence the building design and construction practice through municipal bylaws, zoning requirements and policy. Many municipalities have a history of encouraging energy efficiency in new construction that goes beyond provincial building codes.

In two regions in Canada, local governments are working with phased-in incremental building standards that aim to make high-performing energy-efficient Passive House-style buildings the norm by the early 2030s.


Buildings Energy Code change request for Passive House being developed

Passive House modelling software is currently not a recognized modelling tool to demonstrate compliance with the National Energy Code for Canada (NECB).  As a consequence, a project is required to complete a second energy model, at additional cost.  To address this, a formal submission to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes is being prepared to consider adoption of Passive House as an alternative compliance path.  The objective is to align with the Commission’s Long-Term Strategy for Developing and Implementing More Ambitious Energy Codes.


Passive House Summit explores market, policy and practice developments in high-performance buildings

For Immediate Release                            
November 21, 2017

VICTORIA – Passive House Canada and leaders in Ontario’s construction community present the latest developments in high-performance building at IIDEXCanada, November 29.

At the half-day Passive House Summit at IIDEXCanada, Canada’s leading designers, builders and planners of high-performance buildings explore the latest development in buildings policies, high performance–building principles, case studies and future directions.


Partnership brings high-performance building education to northeastern B.C.

VICTORIA – A partnership between industry groups, municipalities and First Nations is bringing outreach and education about high-performance buildings to northeastern B.C. communities.

Passive House Canada, the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., the City of Fort St. John, the West Moberly First Nations, and the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George have joined forces to provide courses and events for the public and construction industry about the Passive House high-performance building standard to northeastern B.C. communities.


Passive House Deep Dive explores the latest in high-performance building

VICTORIA – Passive House Canada and building industry members explore the latest developments in high-performance, energy-efficient buildings at the Passive House Deep Dive, October 31, at UBC’s Robson Square.

The one-day event focuses on current design and construction challenges, emerging solutions, and best practices in high-performance building standards.


Report from the North American Passive House Network Conference 2017

The NAPHN17 conference wrapped up on Sunday after five days of workshops, seminars and project tours.

Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary General of the UN addressed delegates via video, as did Michael Moller, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva. She announced plans for a global network of UN centres of building excellence, including the Vancouver Centre of Excellence. Scott Foster, Director of the Sustainable Energy Division of the UNECE provided the keynote address.