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.
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.
Congratulations to Passive House Canada member, EuroLine Windows, who have received official Passive House certification for their Series 4700, ThermoPlus PHC windows. They are currently the only company in Canada manufacturing windows that meet the Passive House Standard.
We look forward to seeing more Canadian manufacturers become certified by the Passivhaus Institute over the coming year, growing the local market of high performance building components!
We announced at the North American Passive House Network conference last year that CanPHI West was becoming a national organization. We have members and course conductors across Canada, and it was clear there is strong demand for a professional, national organization to advocate and accelerate adoption of the Passive House high performance building standard in Canada.
It was agreed at our AGM in June 2016 that our name would be Passive House Canada | Maison Passive Canada. Building on our reputation as a trusted and progressive organization, we have changed our branding as well as our name. We believe our new look reflects our values of innovation, science and community, and conveys the powerful simplicity that is behind Passive House design and construction.
Whether you’re an architect, designer, developer, tradesperson, policy maker or a curious homeowner, our website will help you understand the Passive House high performance building standard, connect you with professionals and provide a comprehensive calendar of training opportunities across Canada.
We hope you find the website a useful resource, and to see you at a course or event soon!