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.
Passive House Canada members who are developing innovative solutions to meet the high-performance building targets outlined in Build Smart: Canada’s Buildings Strategy may be eligible for federal clean energy innovation funding.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
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.
Friday, August 19, 2016 marked a huge success for everyone who has been working hard to promote high performance buildings in Canada. The Government of BC announced its Climate Leadership Plan, highlighting Passive House design and construction as key tool to achieving energy targets in the built environment.