Canada’s Ken Soble Tower Certified as World’s Largest Residential Passive House Enerphit Retrofit

  January 19, 2022 (Hamilton, ON) – ERA Architects (ERA) and PCL Construction (PCL) announce the Ken Soble Tower in Hamilton, Canada, has become the world’s largest residential building retrofitted to the Passive House standard –  achieving the renowned EnerPHit certification – while also marking the first retrofit of its kind in North America. As an… Read more »



MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Radek Pilarski, Dipl.-Ing. Arch. (M. Arch), CPHD, Technical Manager, Graham Construction

  We caught up with Radek Pilarski, Technical Manager for Graham Construction. Graham Construction in one of Canada’s largest construction companies, delivering integrated construction solutions for buildings, industrial and infrastructure clients throughout North America. The company is over 100-years old, with offices across Canada and in the US including 1,500 staff and 6,000 tradespeople, and… Read more »



CEO Letter – January 2022

Happy New Year to everyone. We hope you had a relaxing and safe break. Passive House Canada has hit the ground running this New Year with new education programs, more opportunities to network and continued, strong advocacy. Just before the holiday we learned the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) was proposing to… Read more »



CEO Letter – December 2021

With 2021 coming to an end, I reflect on the year and am happy to see the progress our members and Passive House Canada team have made in advocating for the Passive House Standard across Canada. Together we have built buildings, raised awareness, reached new audiences, taught thousands and recruited new members. The new year… Read more »



MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Q&A with Jim Nostedt, P. Eng Of Seefar Building Analytics

  Jim Nostedt of Seefar Building Analytics recently joined us as a new member of Passive House Canada. Jim has been involved in energy conservation and building sustainability for most of his illustrious forty-year engineering career. Early in his career, he worked in energy performance contracting, designing energy-efficient buildings, and later as Sustainability Manager for… Read more »



CEO Letter – November 2021

I am delighted to see Steven Guilbeault be appointed as federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change. A strong activist for climate change, Minister Guilbeault is being dubbed the ‘real deal’ by environmentalists. We wish the Minister all the best as he takes on a challenging portfolio. And we wish his predecessor, Minister Jonathan Wilkinson,… Read more »



CEO Letter – October 2021

With this federal election, Canadians made it abundantly clear that meaningful action on climate change is important to them. It is a message politicians across Canada, at all levels of government, should take seriously. Can you think of another election where climate change was so hotly debated? I can’t. Here at Passive House Canada, we… Read more »



MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Q&A with Daniel Smith of Centrotherm Ecosystems

  Centrotherm Ecosystems recently joined Passive House Canada as a new member. Established in 2009, Centrotherm is committed to developing and manufacturing sustainable products for the plumbing, heating, and building products markets. We spoke to Daniel Smith, Regional Sales Manager (Canada) of Centrotherm Eco Systems, to learn more about their product, AIR EXCELLENT, and why… Read more »



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CEO Letter – August

Why did you join Passive House Canada? For me, it was the opportunity to address two issues close to my heart — climate change and the need for Canada to build better. I enjoy working with passive house folks — you are a passionate bunch, dedicated to using your talents to not only build better,… Read more »



MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Lorrie Rand, BEDS, CPHD, Habit Studio

  From a young age, Lorrie Rand knew she wanted to design houses. She has also felt a deep connection to nature. It was inherent – she comes from over 300 years of English descendants who farmed the same land in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, one of the Atlantic Canada’s richest agricultural regions… Read more »