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Passive House Buildings in Canada – Showcase your projects!

We invite you to participate in our joint publication:

 Passive House Buildings in Canada – Transforming How We Build

Passive House Canada is collaborating with Passive House Buildings/Low Carbon Productions on a book documenting the phenomenal growth in completed and in-progress Passive House buildings across Canada. Passive House Canada will use this book to further build demand for Passive House projects and Passive House-friendly policies in all provinces. The book will be available in hard copy and digital formats.

Our Goal is to showcase the range of Passive House projects throughout the country, demonstrating that comfortable, healthy, and efficient buildings come in a variety of sizes and building types. This book will enable us all to promote and market this leading-edge building methodology. All participants will be given copies of the book to use for your own sales.

You find information on pricing, member rates, deadlines and how to secure a space for your project in the downloadable PDF link here: Passive House Canada Publication Information Sheet


2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report is up and available for viewing.


Federal and international organizations gather to advance transformative global movement on sustainable design and building

VANCOUVER, BC. October 29, 2018From November 5 – 9 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East and West), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) (which includes North America), the Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC, and Passive House Canada are collaborating on a week of events to drive forward solutions for the transformation of the global building sector.

As the need to take climate action becomes an imminent global issue, more innovative steps are being taken to manage renewable resources and the development of high-performance buildings.

In Canada, policy initiatives such as the BC Energy Step Code and Build Smart – Canada’s National Building Strategy have moved to the front stage and become a guide post for the transformation of buildings in municipalities across Canada.

During the week of November 5th, more than 600 international policy makers, subject matter experts, industry professionals and government officials will gather to provide solutions, identify partnerships and build collaborative efforts to help transition towards a sustainable building sector and low-carbon economy based on the provision of sustainably managed forests, and the development of high-performance/net-zero ready buildings. The three conferences will be addressing the benefits of placing renewable resources (forests) and high-performance buildings at the centre of a sustainable future.

To Rob Bernhardt, CEO of Passive House Canada, this assembly is an example of effectively aligning mandates for sustainable change. “The Passive House standard is coming to the forefront in the global drive to offer better, more sustainable buildings. Their inherent efficiency drastically reduces carbon emissions and is an essential part of addressing climate change. Passive House Canada is pleased to partner with the UNECE COFFI and the Canadian Wood Council in these transformative conferences to support government and industry in developing the capacity to deliver solutions that transform how we build.”

‘Partnering for Transformation’ is the inaugural Passive House Canada Conference theme. A sold-out conference six weeks in advance, this conference has attracted Passive House and high performance building experts, and industry leaders from around the world for the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, the global community of leading building scientists and the industry’s top design and construction professionals who are accelerating market transformation through unique networking events, seminars and high-performance building and manufacturing tours. The full conference program can be viewed at http://phcc2018.com

Themed “Inspired by wood in the 21st century: Redefining how the world builds”, the Wood WORKS! BC 2018 Wood Solutions Conference will inform building and design professionals about the latest innovations and expertise in the use of wood products and building systems through seminars, an interactive trade show and engagement opportunities. With an exceptional line-up of speakers from across Canada and around the world, as well as design and building innovators, product experts and key members of project teams, this conference is the premier annual wood learning event in BC.

Lynn Embury-Williams is the executive director of Wood WORKS! BC. “With wood now recognized as a high performance, low carbon, innovative and competitive-value building solution, it is imperative to offer technical knowledge through learning opportunities in wood products and building systems. The 2018 Wood Solutions Conference will inspire and inform architects, engineers and building professionals about emerging opportunities for both structural and architectural wood use.” She continued, “Topics include increasing density in new building types such as tall wood structures; addressing new building code revisions relating to fire and other technical requirements; and dealing with labour shortages using prefabricated wood components and offsite construction.” She concluded, “This conference is essential for advancing wood proficiency and ingenuity in wood use and addressing our building needs for tomorrow.” The full program can be viewed online: woodsolutionsconference.com

Under the title ‘Building the Future with Forests’, the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry will bring an important message to the world: the Vancouver Invitation on Forest Products for a Better Future. This message will garner champions to create a larger community of stakeholders who see the value of forest products as a key element of the green economy and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The Government of Canada understands the benefits that forest products play in meeting climate targets, creating good jobs, stimulating economic growth and building more resilient communities. As the world embraces new clean, renewable energy, wood – from sustainably managed forests – is poised to play an increasingly important role. This is why we are making strategic investments now – in areas such as tall wood construction and the emerging bio economy – to ensure Canada remains a global forestry leader well into the future,” concluded the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

About Passive House Canada:          

Passive House Canada (PHC) is a national non-profit professional association advocating for the Passive House high-performance building standard. Passive House Canada is Canada’s leading educational provider for the Passive House building standard. PHC facilitates the adoption of the Passive House Standard through advocacy work, a national education program, and nation-wide events.

About Wood WORKS! BC and the Canadian Wood Council:

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is the national association representing manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction – enabling the selling of Canadian wood products through programs and services focused on creating market access and demand. Wood WORKS! is a program of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and advance the use of wood in building and design.

About UNECE:                                                                                                                              

The UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industries (COFFI) is a principal subsidiary body of the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) based in Geneva. It constitutes a forum for cooperation and consultation between member countries on forests, the forest industry and forest product matters. All countries of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the United States of America, Canada and Israel are members of the UNECE and participate in its work. The joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section provides the Secretariat to the UNECE COFFI and the FAO European Forestry Commission, and works to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work (IPoW).

Access to PDF Press Release: Press Release_UNECE_WWBC_PHC


Passive House Canada Call for Nominations – Board of Directors

Position: Director, Board of Directors, Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada (volunteer position)

Company Summary:

Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada (PHC-MPC) is Canada’s non-profit professional association and community of experts in the Passive House (Passivhaus) high performance building standard. We are the Canadian affiliate of the International Passive House Association and a member of the North American Passive House Network.  We are a member-based organization representing over 800 members across Canada.

Our mission is to facilitate awareness of the Passive House Standard across Canada and transform the built environment, creating more comfortable and healthier buildings, and contributing to a sustainable future. We do this through advocacy, education, events and by fostering community.

Overview:

PHC-MPC has six (6) vacancies on the board of directors, of which three (3) positions are up for renewal.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about excellent not-for-profit board governance, with a commitment to the development of Passive House high performance buildings.

Nominees should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: accounting and finance, law, government relations, and policy review and development. Directors with the outlined expertise will complement existing Board members, who are currently building science specialists and/or have experience and knowledge of high-performance buildings and the Passive House standard.

The role of the Board is to govern and oversee the affairs of the organization. As a member of the Board of Directors, you will work with other board members, the CEO and the Director of Operations on strategic decision-making, governance, monitoring performance, risk management, as well as developing and maintaining effective partnerships and communication within the organization’s members and its stakeholders.

The Board meets monthly via conference calls. Board Members are expected to read and understand documents and reports prior to meetings, and attend meetings prepared to actively participate in the conversations and decisions. In addition, Board Members often serve on specific event or project committees. A Board Member should anticipate dedicating approximately 8-12 hours per month to the role. The appointment will commence in November 2018. Directors are appointed for a 1 year to 3-year term and may be reappointed for up to three (3) terms (to a maximum of nine (9) consecutive years).

Required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Previous experience with other not-for-profit governing boards is required, complete with a clear understanding and appreciation for policy governance principles;
  • Accounting and finance knowledge and experience;
  • Experience in legal matters in relation to human resources, contracts, and partnerships;
  • Experience engaging with government regulators and stakeholders;
  • Experience working with government officials in relation to securing funding, developing partnerships, and policy development and/or review;
  • Understanding of the strategic planning process and ability to contribute to the development of strategic plans;
  • Experience in coalition building and community engagement efforts; and
  • Ability to identify prospective opportunities and plan accordingly to achieve them.

Additional information:

Our Board operates with integrity and members are expected to adhere to an Ethical Code of Conduct. Nominees must demonstrate mature confidence, active participation, and work respectfully with other Board members and employees. Passive House Canada actively supports a culture of diversity and welcomes applications and nominations from all who reflect the diverse communities that we serve.

How to Apply:

If you or someone you know has the time, commitment and the specific skills identified above to take on the role of a Director, please send a cover letter, biography and head-shot photo (for the voting ballots) to the Chair of the Nomination Committee, Mr. Marcel Studer: admin@passivehousecanada.com

Next steps:

Once the nominations close, the Nomination Committee will review the nominations received and select candidates that will contribute the desired knowledge, skills and experience outlined above, and make recommendations to the Board and membership in terms of who should be elected to the Board. Electronic voting ballots will be distributed to the membership from approximately October 17 to November 2.

Please note: In order to vote, one must be a registered Passive House Canada member. Each member organization is entitled to one vote.

Nomination closing date: October 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Pacific)

Pour plus amples renseignements en français sur le processus de nomination, veuillez téléphoner à Marc Tremblay, au 778-265-2744. Sachez que les rencontres du Conseil d’administration de Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada se déroulent en français.


Advancing market transformation, one step at a time.

As many of us shift from summer mode, ramping up for a busy fall season, let’s take a minute to look towards the future.  Canada has come a long way in a relatively short time developing a vision of what buildings should be.  While the concept of high performance buildings becoming the norm is only emerging in most circles, it is well defined in Build Smart: Canada’s Buildings Strategy.

And though the roll out of the strategy may seem frustratingly slow to those of us delivering high performance buildings today, the direction is clear. To advance Canada’s future vision of buildings, we have been working hard to partner with government bodies and industry leaders like you.

Before the release of Canada’s Buildings Strategy, we were deeply involved in the development of the UN Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Buildings.  Currently those guidelines are emerging as a global reference that also aligns well with Build Smart.  Our work continues as we work in conjunction with the Passive House Institute and other international agencies to implement the Framework Guidelines in regions across the globe.

Our goal is to develop a globally recognized level of performance that buildings should achieve to address climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which also address issues such as affordability, quality of life, and building resiliency.

These goals are supported by buildings achieving the Passive House standard and the pursuit of this strategy creates the opportunity to chart a new path for Passive House performance levels, enabling those design and construction practices to become mainstream.  In addition to directly benefiting from global knowledge and policy development, Canada has the true potential to be a global leader in the quest to deliver buildings that are better for people and the planet.

To reflect the work that the Canadian Passive House community, your community, has been doing, we decided to align our conference with the conferences of the national and global leaders with whom we have been Partnering for Transformation.

Attending our conference in November will give you an opportunity to connect with the global community of leading building scientists and policy makers addressing building performance and climate change.   It is an exciting time to be working with industry and government partners developing the shared vision outlined in Build Smart, a process you can connect with, and benefit from, regardless of where you live.

We encourage you to register to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from, and meet, those responsible for accelerating market transformation in Canada and internationally, in addition to learning from some of the industry’s top design and construction professionals. We look forward to staying in touch over the next several weeks as we continue to prepare for our conference and AGM.

Thank you for being part of this incredible community, for supporting Passive House Canada, and for all that you do in your day-to-day work to advance the transformation of Canada’s built environment. Together we have accomplished so much, which we could not have done without you.

Sincerely,

Rob Bernhardt
CEO, Passive House Canada

 

 

 


Soon to open: Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence

ZEBCoE-image-for-OGBS-websiteVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the City of Vancouver (the City), Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society are pleased to announce the launch of the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (the Centre and/or ZEBCoE), a collaborative platform to strengthen the public, private and civic capacities to deliver zero emissions buildings.


PHI seeks to determine how the building energy standards compare

The Passive House Institute is in discussion with the U.S. Green Building Council about admitting international Passive House certification as an alternative compliance path to the energy component of LEED certification. If successful, PHI sees this as promoting the international Passive House Standard in North America and globally.


Federal government offers Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships program

The housing sector in Canada provides significant potential for the reduction of the country’s energy footprint and delivering other benefits to Canadians. To accelerate energy-efficient construction, Natural Resources Canada provides a program to enable builders to reduce their time and risk finding and trying innovations that can help them build higher-performance homes better, faster and more affordably.


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.