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.
VICTORIA – To help the building community prepare for new energy-efficiency standards in B.C., Passive House Canada and design and construction industry leaders present the latest developments in high-performance building at BUILDEX Vancouver, February 14–15.
Every year, more Passive House energy-efficient six-storey multi-residential buildings, high rises and institutional buildings are being planned and constructed in B.C. The construction industry is changing as building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials seek to deliver these high-performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace.
“Building codes are changing to require greater energy efficiency in communities across Canada, and it’s important industry understand the benefits and requirements in designing and constructing high-performance buildings,” says Passive House Canada CEO Rob Bernhardt, one of the presenters at the Passive House seminars at BUILDEX Vancouver. “Industry leaders have come together at BUILDEX to share their knowledge and experience with B.C.’s building community.”
Passive House Canada is thrilled to invite you to join us from November 7 – 8, 2018 for the Passive House Canada Conference! The conference call for speakers received over 100 submissions by Passive House Professionals across Canada in and Europe.
We look forward to announcing the conference’s preliminary program in the first week of July.
Passive House Canada is collaborating with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Canadian Wood Council, which will be holding annual conferences alongside ours in the same facility. The week’s conference events are aligned by a focus on the emerging market transformation within the building and forestry industries and the overlaps and intersections in trends and opportunities these industries are experiencing.
The conference is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate and learn how, in relation to buildings, the UN can achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, Canada can meet its Paris Commitments and achieve the goals identified in the Pan Canadian Framework, Build Smart and the Greening Government Strategy, moving forward on Net Zero Ready buildings.
Passive House Canada’s program takes place on November 7 and 8, and complements the UNECE program, which begins November 5, and Wood Council’s program, scheduled for November 6. Conference-related tours are scheduled for November 9, including tours of Vancouver-area Passive House buildings.
Between speaking to representatives from cities around the world, presenting our Building Enclosures course to local industry, and presenting the latest policy and technical developments in cold-climate high-performance building, Passive House Canada will be spending much of March in Edmonton.
Thanks to generous support from our partner, the Regional District of Nanaimo, we’re offering special discounted rates on this winter’s building enclosures master class in Nanaimo.
Residents of the regional district who register for 200: Building Enclosures for High-Performance Buildings pay only $100, while course participants from outside the Regional District of Nanaimo pay just $150—down from $275.
The Passive House Institute is extending the conference’s early bird rate until January 28th, 2018 for Passive House Canada members. After January 28, groups of eight or more members can receive a 15 per cent discount off the regular conference registration fee. (Discount does not apply to workshop fees, tours, or evening events.)
Thank you to our awesome exhibitors for joining us at the Passive House Pavilion at BUILDEX Vancouver, February 14-15.
By taking part in the pavilion, they’ll be reaching more than more than 14,000 builders and designers attending Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the construction, renovation, architecture and interior design industries.