VANCOUVER, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 provide courses and events for the public and construction industry about the Passive House high-performance building standard to northeastern B.C. communities.
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.
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.
It has been an amazing year for the Passive House building community. With hundreds of new projects in design and being built right across the country. This year we launched a project map on our website, so you can now view details and photos of Passive House buildings across Canada, and submit your own. There is fantastic work being done by our members and others advocating for better buildings for people and planet.
FPInnovations, the Canadian Wood Council and 475 High Performance Building Supply are seeking to undertake research and explore the opportunities for using wood fibre-based insulation products in Canadian buildings. They are seeking designers, builders and owners of new projects being planned for the near future for participation in this research – particularly, single family and small multi-family residential buildings (other high-performance, non residential structures may also be considered) in the Pacific region, Prairie provinces, South Ontario and Quebec.