ONLINE: Built in Canada – Banff Recreation Grounds Public Pavilion in Banff National Park – 20 Nov 2023

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Monday Nov 20, 2023 from 10 am to 12 pm PDT

Webinar description

This webinar series will focus on Canadian Projects all across the Country.

In Canada’s Banff National Park, the Town of Banff needed a community hub at the Banff Recreation Grounds that could serve as an example of their newly adopted Sustainable Municipal Policy. The recently completed Pavilion addresses this need by utilizing an innovative, continuous and airtight prefabricated mass timber building envelope that meets the standards of the Passive House Low Energy building certification. We are awaiting the official PH plaque for a Low Energy Building. This 232 m2 communal gathering space has also been universally designed for everyone and with its barrier free components, will soon receive Rick Hansen certification.

Rayni Kovacs
Lead Architectural Designer

Rayni Kovacs has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Architecture as well as a Master’s Degree in Architecture. She has over 8 years of experience building commercial and residential projects in Canada as well as internationally. She also has experience with master planning projects. Rayni believes in sustainable and energy efficient structures and is currently working on the course to be a certified Passive House Designer.


Raphael Spinner
Owner & Principal

Raphael Spinner is a licensed builder, certified Passive House Designer and has a Swiss diploma in mass timber and wood construction and project management. He founded HSS Design Build in 2016 with a firm mission of accelerating the transition to sustainable and energy efficient design and construction
practices. He is fluent in both German and English. Raphael has over 19 years of experience building sustainable and energy efficient structures to the highest quality and performance standards, both residential and commercial. His passion for Passive House design and timeless mountain architecture are at the heart of HSS Design Build. He is always striving to implement and educate the necessity of Passive House principles in design.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn about the project’s successful approach to some of the following challenges:

  • Understand the products, materials and detailing strategies used in the building to achieve continuity of thermal and air barriers using a prefabricated mass timber building envelope.
  • Understand the HVAC components and layout
  • Understand the Sustainable Municipal Policy and integration of the client’s needs for net zero ready, low embodied energy, barrier free access, and versatility over the lifespan of the building
  • Discuss challenges experienced and lessons learned.

Please note that this is a live-only event and will not be recorded. Click here (to be posted) for the Zoom link. To view the presentation slides, please click here (to be posted).

PHI: (code tba): 2 Credit Points