2020 Annual General Meeting

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Passive House Canada Annual General Meeting agenda. You can access the agenda, meeting minutes, annual report, and audited financials in the links provided below. 2020 Agenda – Annual General Meeting 2019 Annual General Meeting Minutes 2019 Annual Report 2019 Audited Financials

CEO Letter – November

At this time of year I am reminded of the act of remembrance. November 11 marked Remembrance Day and I hope you had the opportunity to stop and think about all of those who served and have not had the opportunity to grow old. And think, too, of those who served and survived, but have… Read more »

Passive House Canada Welcomes B.C. Government, Calls for Course Correction on Energy Step Code

Statement from Chris Ballard, CEO, Passive House Canada “Passive House Canada welcomes the election of John Horgan and his majority government in B.C. With economic recovery, health and climate top of mind for voters, we know that buildings have a critical role to play in delivering those outcomes they are looking for. Investments in infrastructure… Read more »

Advances Toward a Net-Zero Global Building Sector.

Annual Review of Environment and Resources has published a milestone peer-reviewed paper entitled Advances Toward a Net-Zero Global Building Sector. A new international study was published that sheds light on advances in the global building sector and what’s required to reduce emissions in buildings to achieve our climate targets. It finds that the technologies and… Read more »

Policy Series #5 – The Reference Building Approach

Download this article as a PDF. The “reference building approach” or “% better than” approach to assessing the energy performance of buildings has been used internationally as a code compliance tool to demonstrate the operating energy efficiency of a proposed building is better than it could have been under a base building code. The approach… Read more »

Policy Series #4 – Regulating Excellence

Download this article as a PDF. The first two articles in this series outlined the four imperatives for buildings to mitigate climate change and the level of operating efficiency required to do so. Meeting our commitments under the Paris Accord involves changing our building codes to require highly efficient, low carbon buildings. BC started early… Read more »

CEO Letter – October

It’s a very busy and exciting time here at Passive House Canada. We’re developing and delivering new online courses, holding Passive House Institute exams for Designer-Consultant designation, planning our December Passive House Canada Summit and continuing to advocate on behalf of the Passive House Institute building standard. You won’t hear a bit of complaint from… Read more »

Passive House Canada Takes a Stand on Air Tightness Testing

In May 2020 the standing committee on energy efficiency (SC-EE) made the decision to exclude large commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings from the need for whole building airtightness testing. Passive House Canada is strongly opposed to this change and has submitted a letter to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry calling for the reversal… Read more »

Update: The 2020 Speech from the Throne  

Update: The 2020 Speech from the Throne   Passive House Canada cautiously optimistic following Speech from the Throne  Passive House Canada CEO, Chris Ballard, made the following statement after the federal government’s Speech from the Throne:  “Today the federal government announced an ambitious and expansive plan for the next two years during its Speech from the Throne.   “Governor General… Read more »