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ONLINE: Built in Canada: Lessons Learned from PH Projects – 30 Apr 2021


Friday April 30th, 2021 – 10am to 12pm (PDT) 1.5 hour session plus Q&A.

Please note that this is a live-only event and not will be recorded.

Webinar description

In this webinar series, we focus on Canadian projects across the country.

Our next stop is beautiful, British Columbia!

Join our guest, Lucio Picciano, as he presents lessons learned from his Lilac Passive House project located in Vancouver, BC.

Lucio will discuss the complexities of achieving passive house certification for a multi-family project with underground parking and 4 storeys in the RM3 zone of Vancouver. You will hear not only how zoning and the building code sometimes presented difficulties that unnecessarily added to the cost of building high performance, but also how simple and elegant design should always be a starting point to mitigate these issues.

The 4 storey wood frame building with 4 strata units and a full level of underground parking, in some ways, is an example of the kind of density many are trying to achieve broadly throughout the COV. Each unit is large enough to raise a family, with a total building area of 8500sf.

Project challenges included energy consumption of elevators, non compliant code issues with respect to elevator, egress doors and mechanical systems. City challenges included overly complex zoning not geared toward efficiency, the requirement to add parking within the bldg footprint, and the exclusion of using roofs for solar panels or gathering.

Lucio was born in northern BC, raised in Alberta and has lived in several countries since first entering university. He has studied architecture in Italy, Canada, Mexico and the USA and is fluent in 3 languages. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a professional degree in Architecture Lucio moved to the US for several years gaining valuable experience on varied projects in larger offices. In 2008, he established his own small practice in Vancouver BC where he has resided ever since, coupling his design practice with design-build and building envelope services. Lucio is particularly interested in the combination of form, the attainable urban typology, and the Passive House approach.

Learning Outcomes

    • Passive House certification for part 3 buildings in Vancouver
    • Learn about the complexities of adhering to both PH and local zoning
    • Understanding of some code compliance issues related to PH requirements
    • Modeling PHPP for multi-unit developments
    • Don’t forget good design!

Recommended for

  • Passive House Designers and Consultants
  • Builders, architects, architectural technologist and engineers
  • Building officials and planners
  • Trades
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in the subject

Prerequisites / required background knowledge

No prerequisites are necessary

Webinar Fee

PHC Member – Free
Non- Member- $100

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 1.75 hours

PHI: 2 Credit Points -V051_2021_CA
BC Housing (HPO): 1.5 CPD Informal
AIBC: 1.75 Core Learning Units
ALBNL: 1.75 Core Learning Hours
AANB: 1.75 Core Learning Hours
NSAA: 1.75 Core Learning Hours
AAA webinar credits: self-reported