Home Calendar ONLINE: Built in Canada: Lessons Learned from PH Projects (Alberta) – 22 Oct 2021

ONLINE: Built in Canada: Lessons Learned from PH Projects (Alberta) – 22 Oct 2021


Friday October 22nd, 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

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

Our fifth stop will be in Alberta.

Join Frank Crawford, Kim Walton and Kevin D Brown as they share experiences designing, constructing and living in Cold Climate Passive house homes.

After 5 years of living in the Montgomery Passive House  Frank will share lessons learned that include: Overheating and shading, internal sound transfer, concrete topping, Cool-temperate windows in cold climates, mechanical systems and simplicity, and PHI classic vs PHI low energy building performance metrics and certification. Kevin will elaborate by sharing insights about mechanical systems and complexity, infloor hydronic heating, concrete mixes,  importance of shading, and the evolution of wall systems. Kim will touch on the challenges of building PH in Central Alberta and how they were exacerbated by pandemic scarcity and skyrocketing costs for construction materials, equipment and fixtures.


Frank Crawford is a Professional Civil Engineer and a Certified Passive House Designer. He designed, built, and now lives in one of the first Alberta homes built to the International Passive House standard. Through his work as an Energy Efficiency Consultant and the Education Committee lead of Passive House Alberta, he helps others learn how to achieve the benefits of building a highly energy efficient building while minimizing additional upfront costs.


Founder of this small building design, and consulting practice, Kim Walton of Bow Crow Design has spent the last 40 years designing energy efficient homes and small buildings from the Alberta Foothills. Using her skills in Energy modelling and employing excellence in building science, Kim designs and manages Passive House and Net Zero projects across Canada. Kim is Certified as a PH Designer and Builder.


Kevin D Brown, MEDes, CPHD. Kevin is a Certified Passive House designer who has over 30 years experience in green building renovations, beginning with heritage restoration that included energy efficiency upgrades and salvage timber, and leading to Passive House, with several certified projects either completed or under certification. The journey has taken him from historic carpentry, reproducing and repairing heritage buildings, to energy upgrades and adaptive reuse of heritage sites and commercial buildings, to modern construction and finally to certifying Alberta’s first Certified Passive House. Kevin is now devoting his time to Passive House consulting, design and EnerPHit retrofits, as well as keeping his hand in furniture design and crafting.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Overheating and shading
  • Internal sound transfer
  • Concrete topping
  • Cool-temperate windows in cold climates & hot weather events and cooling
  • Mechanical systems and simplicity
  • PHI classic vs PHI low energy building performance metrics and certification
  • Infloor hydronic heating
  • Importance of shading
  • Discretionary use of high performance materials
  • Challenges and solutions for scheduling around delays in delivery of materials
  • Site built Larsen trusses
  • Unique use of Larsen trusses
  • Locating an electric panel
  • How to deal with a Robin’s nest, as well as a wasp’s nest.
  • Applying Pine Tar

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 V173_2021_CA
BC Housing (HPO): 1.5 CPD, Informal
AIBC: 1.75 Core LUs
ALBNL: 1.75 Core Learning Hours
AANB: 1.75 Core Learning Hours
NSAA: 1.75 Core Learning Hours
AAA webinar credits: self-reported



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