CEO Letter – May

There is lots to report at Passive House Canada as we continue to add education courses for the industry, and work with government and industry to help with the transition to a zero carbon building marketplace. We have been critical of the pending national building code removal of air tightness testing. We are concerned that… Read more »



Passive House Canada establishes ground-breaking partnership to advance the Passive House standard throughout the Americas

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2021 VICTORIA,  B.C. – \ Passive House Canada is pleased to announce a five-year partnership with the Instituto Latinoamericano Passivhaus (ILAPH) and Capital Cities of the Americas (CC35), an American-based organization that facilitates collaboration between the public and private sectors to achieve an accelerated impact of the Paris Agreement through the leadership… Read more »



Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day from all of us at Passive House Canada! As many in our community are aware of, buildings consume up to 40 percent of global energy use and contribute up to 30 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. They are a key piece of the puzzle towards a low-carbon future. “Before looking… Read more »



Passive House Canada Response to Federal Budget

This past Monday, the federal government released its first budget in over two years, proposing significant investments to chart Canada’s path back to economic prosperity from Covid-19. It is the largest budget in Canadian history with $101.4 billion in new spending planned over the next three years. Passive House Canada is pleased to see significant… Read more »



Landmark NYC case study confirms PHI projects outperform their peers in reducing energy use and utility costs and yield substantial savings

An exciting multi-family building study out of New York finds the Passive House Institute design standard provides additional, ongoing cash flow to building owners and tenants thanks to its energy efficiency and operational savings. Those of us involved in building to the Passive House Institute building standard know this, and now this study confirms it.… Read more »



MBTI & Passive House Canada partner to launch Manitoba’s first green training program for the trades

Manitoba Building Trades Institute and Passive House Canada are proud to announce the partnership of a new energy efficient training program: Passive House for the Trades. Set to start Wednesday April 21 2021, This five-week course offered exclusively through MBTI will give skilled trades professionals in Manitoba a practical understanding of standardized sustainable building practices and Passive House Certification standards.   “The way we build is, by necessity, changing in order to meet our… Read more »



Presentation made to the Buildings Working Group of the FCM Climate Caucus February 10, 2021

On February 10, Rob Bernhardt, our Policy and Projects Advisor, gave a presentation to the Buildings Working Group of the FCM Climate Caucus on how local government can accelerate Passive House.  The Buildings Working Group of the FCM Climate Caucus supports local government in understanding what is required of buildings to achieve climate goals, provides… Read more »



CEO Letter – February

Several exciting things are happening at Passive House Canada this month. Chief among them is our finished Concept Development Report for a Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange for the Great Toronto Hamilton Area. Buildings represent the largest source of carbon emissions in the GTHA. Our report for The Atmospheric Fund highlights the marketplace transformation in Ontario… Read more »



Diamond Schmitt Builds on Passive House Movement

View original press release from Diamond Schmitt Passive House Designer/Consultant certification is on the rise at Diamond Schmitt, an internationally recognized architectural firm with a commitment to lead the nation creating a culture of environmental action. Today Diamond Schmitt announced that 14 additional architects have become Passive House-certified. They join 10 architects already certified to… Read more »