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… Read more »



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… Read more »



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… Read more »



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… Read more »



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… Read more »



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… Read more »



Strategy puts members at leading edge of market transformation

  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… Read more »



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… Read more »