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COVID-19 Update

As the situation with COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) progresses, I would like to share the measures that Passive House Canada is taking to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our customers and our employees. We are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone.

Staff are working remotely and our office is closed. All calls and emails are still being routed to appropriate personnel. All in-person training is postponed. Classes are moving online with the same great content and instructors. (Check out our Pathway to Passive House Certification bundled courses here.) Please, check our website for on-going updates.

During these unprecedented times, Passive House Canada has been forced to change how it delivers courses and makes refunds. If you have paid for an in-person course that has been cancelled, we are offering a credit toward an online course. If you do not want to take an online course, we can offer a credit toward an in-person course if and when they are re-established. We thank you in advance for your understanding as we deal with the significant fallout from COVID-19 on our organization.

Health and safety is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will provide ongoing updates as needed. We also encourage you to stay-up-to-date through Canada’s Public Health website.

Thank you for your continued support of Passive House Canada.



Chris Ballard, CEO
Passive House Canada


Congratulations to the newly certified PHI Products and Manufactures

Certification with the Passive House Institute ensures that designers, consultants and
components are qualified to create buildings that meet the Standard.

Passive House Canada would like to congratulate GlassCurtain Inc. for becoming the first Curtain wall for Cold Climate certified by PHI in the world.

Also, during the International Passive House Conference, which took place in China this month, a Canadian product was awarded with a special prize.

The Special Prize Aesthetic and Innovation was awarded to the GRP window Universal Series by Cascadia Windows Ltd., Canada.

The jury praised the aesthetic and innovative qualities of this window concept, combined with very reasonable investment costs and its high energy and cost efficiency, especially compared to a relatively good baseline window.

Post-Conference Letter from the CEO

Our conference theme of ‘Partnering for Transformation’ meant different things to different people. For most, the central goal of attending was to learn from fellow practitioners, contractors, developers, and manufacturers.  For others it was an opportunity to network, build contacts, and grow their community.

What we all gained was the opportunity to see first-hand, the incredible momentum that Passive House is gaining in Canada. Just a few short years ago, it seemed that very few people understood the solutions Passive House professionals were offering.

As Canada’s building market changes and Passive House becomes known, one thing becomes clearer: that we are all dependent on a supportive policy environment. Without governments, municipalities, associations, and educational institutions on board we are swimming against the current.

During conference, the federal government took the opportunity to say it is probable that the final tier of the Net Zero Energy Ready Code will be very close to Passive House standards. While it might not seem as such, this is a significant win for Canada, and the result of our national buildings strategy building upon the experience in leading cities and provinces.

If there is one thing that everyone can walk away from this conference with, we hope it is a sense of the important difference each of us can make by working with our governments to advance building standards.  Attend meetings, make submissions and participate in the numerous processes preceding policy implementation.  Collectively, we can make a real difference.

Some provincial incentive programs are working to encourage developers to build to a higher standard and targeting Passive House certification in building components and demonstration projects. These clear indicators of the future should give everyone the confidence in the work that our community has done, and the investments being made in policy, training, and product development to meet the demands of the future market.

We want to thank everyone who has worked to advance Passive House in Canada, and to all those who helped make this conference a success.  Our objective with this conference was to create an opportunity for people to gather together, learn from each other, and become excited about the future of building in Canada. We hope that the conference left you feeling inspired and looking forward to market transformation.


Rob Bernhardt