Category: Advocacy

Funding for BC manufacturers to develop high-performance windows

The Fenestration Association of BC has launched a funding program to stimulate development of new designs and manufacturing processes that will lead to cost-effective, marketable, high-performance windows being built in British Columbia.

The costs associated with creating new product lines that exceed current BC energy-efficiency requirements, including lab testing and certification, are a barrier to the introduction of high-performance windows into the market. The High-Performance Window Certification program aims to overcome these market barriers.


Strategy puts members at leading edge of market transformation

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Passive House Canada’s 2017/2018 pavilion at Buildex/IIDEX

 

The recently released national buildings strategy for Canada puts architects, builders and suppliers who provide Passive House-related services and materials for construction at the leading edge of an emerging market transformation. Build Smart: Canada’s Buildings Strategy is a key driver of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and commits the provinces and their communities to dramatically improve performance and energy efficiency of new and existing building stock over the coming decades.


National strategy aims to make high-performance buildings Canada’s standard

by Rob Bernhardt, CEO

When Canada’s federal and provincial energy ministers approved a new buildings strategy for the country in St. Andrews, NB, they set the direction for Canada’s buildings for future decades. Build Smart: Canada’s Buildings Strategy is a comprehensive agreement that outlines the goals for Canada’s buildings, and is a significant step towards making high-performance buildings the standard in Canada.


Ice Box Challenge kicks off with legislators, media and the public present

“What’s good for the environment is good for people,” says the Hon. George Heyman, B.C.’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Speaking to reporters, Passive House supporters, and members of the public at the July 27 launch of Passive House Canada’s Ice Box Challenge, Heyman says he had seen a demonstration of the Passive House Standard and recognizes the benefits it provides.


Advocacy Efforts for Improved Building Regulations Continue

Changing and implementing building regulations takes time, effort and numerous meetings, but Passive House Canada and its members are making overall progress on many advocacy fronts.

CEO Rob Bernhardt and a number of members recently held meetings in Toronto, Ottawa and Victoria with federal and provincial staff and elected officials to advance building regulations in Canada.


International Passive House Conference 2017 – Our Highlights

This year over 40 Canadians attended the iPHA conference in Vienna, on April 27-30! The record crowd of Canucks included teams from large Passive House projects in Ontario and BC, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and builders. As usual, the conference program was packed with information, the latest research and product exhibits. The very fact the conference guide filled a 725-page book gives you an idea of the depth of the program!


Passive House Canada receives grant from Vancity

We are thrilled to announce we are proud recipients of Vancity’s Community Partnership Program grant – for building industry and consumer outreach projects, and energy and environment initiatives.

The grant has enabled us to launch our new website, which houses more resources for building industry professionals, policy makers and home buyers – with new features like a job board, individual profile pages for members and a forum, all of which are designed to foster and grow the high performance building industry and community.