2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report is up and available for viewing. Or you can download it here.


Summer Reflections

Summer is a time for reflection – whether you’re at the cabin, on the beach or on a mountain top. How are we doing in our mission to transform Canada’s buildings? How far have public policies and programs carried us from our start as a small, volunteer based group of environmental enthusiasts?  How will new talent launch us to the next phase and what does our path to new growth look like?

Reflection is an opportunity for us to recognize our progress and celebrate our accomplishments. I’ve had the opportunity to connect and work with people who’ve helped make a measurable impact in the way we build today, standing out for their commitment to protect our natural environment and have a positive influence on our industry. It has been a privilege to be part of developing policies such as the UN Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, our national buildings strategy, the BC Energy Step Code and local government bylaws. Low energy Passive House buildings are no longer a “niche” movement. Many government agencies are establishing low energy building guidelines, the collective impact of which is these to create a fundamental change in how Canadian buildings are designed and built. This transition has the potential to create a significant number of new jobs.


Passive House Canada announces plan to transition CEO

For Immediate Release:

Victoria, BC 2019 – Passive House Canada CEO announces plans to step down by end of year after leading organization to great heights.

Passive House Canada announced today that Rob Bernhardt will step down as Chief Executive Officer by the end of 2019, after leading the organization since its inception in 2016. Bernhardt will stay on as the organization’s leader until a successor is found, with the search for a new leader formally launching in May.

“I started this organization with the goal of building a robust non-profit association ready for the rapidly changing environment that we currently see ourselves in. It’s been an incredible privilege to have been part of such a fundamental shift in how we think about buildings, and I’m especially proud that we’ve built such a strong and effective nonprofit able to play a meaningful role in transforming Canada’s buildings. With a visionary Board of Directors and solid organization, it is a good time to find a new leader.” said Bernhardt.

Bernhardt also highlighted: “We continue to build on our strengths, and with the strategic plan in place, we are making some exciting pivots to the future with investments in curriculum development, on-line learning, supporting the development of Canadian codes & standards, and broadening our national reach through events, technical support for industry, and support for local groups and advocacy.”


The 2019 Passive House Canada Conference – Call for Proposals Now Open!

The 2019 Passive House Canada Conference takes place October 17-18 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The Call for Proposals is now open!!!

Are you working on a new project? Have a new innovation, or significant lessons learned that you would like to share with the Passive House community? Submit a speaker proposal for consideration for presentation at the conference. The submission deadline is April 15th –  click HERE for more details.

For key dates regarding the conference please visit: https://conference.passivehousecanada.com/participant-information/


Post-Conference Letter from the CEO

Our conference theme of ‘Partnering for Transformation’ meant different things to different people. For most, the central goal of attending was to learn from fellow practitioners, contractors, developers, and manufacturers.  For others it was an opportunity to network, build contacts, and grow their community.

What we all gained was the opportunity to see first-hand, the incredible momentum that Passive House is gaining in Canada. Just a few short years ago, it seemed that very few people understood the solutions Passive House professionals were offering.

As Canada’s building market changes and Passive House becomes known, one thing becomes clearer: that we are all dependent on a supportive policy environment. Without governments, municipalities, associations, and educational institutions on board we are swimming against the current.

During conference, the federal government took the opportunity to say it is probable that the final tier of the Net Zero Energy Ready Code will be very close to Passive House standards. While it might not seem as such, this is a significant win for Canada, and the result of our national buildings strategy building upon the experience in leading cities and provinces.

If there is one thing that everyone can walk away from this conference with, we hope it is a sense of the important difference each of us can make by working with our governments to advance building standards.  Attend meetings, make submissions and participate in the numerous processes preceding policy implementation.  Collectively, we can make a real difference.

Some provincial incentive programs are working to encourage developers to build to a higher standard and targeting Passive House certification in building components and demonstration projects. These clear indicators of the future should give everyone the confidence in the work that our community has done, and the investments being made in policy, training, and product development to meet the demands of the future market.

We want to thank everyone who has worked to advance Passive House in Canada, and to all those who helped make this conference a success.  Our objective with this conference was to create an opportunity for people to gather together, learn from each other, and become excited about the future of building in Canada. We hope that the conference left you feeling inspired and looking forward to market transformation.

Sincerely,

Rob Bernhardt


Buildex Vancouver February 13 – 14, 2019

Calling PH suppliers! Join the Passive House pavilion at Buildex Vancouver – there are only a few booth spaces remaining!

The Passive House Canada Pavilion at Buildex Vancouver is THE place to visit for high performance building products. Stand out as a provider of Passive House suitable products in our branded showcase of the latest products and services and connect with 14,000 construction professionals from the Greater Vancouver Region. To secure your booth contact Gaby at gabriela@passivehousecanada.com before December 5th.

New this year: The Passive House Learning Lab! The learning lab will feature a series of Passive House sessions over the two-day event. Seminars include:

  • Quality Assured Passive House Process in Canada
  • Small Buildings and the Healthy Passive House
  • The Resiliency of Highly Insulated, Airtight Buildings in a Changing Climate
  • West Vancouver Passive House – Beauty and Efficiency
  • A North American Journey to Passive House Windows
  • Passive House MURB for Rental Employee Housing

To register for these seminars, visit the Buildex website.


Passive House Buildings in Canada – Showcase your projects!

We invite you to participate in our joint publication:

 Passive House Buildings in Canada – Transforming How We Build

Passive House Canada is collaborating with Passive House Buildings/Low Carbon Productions on a book documenting the phenomenal growth in completed and in-progress Passive House buildings across Canada. Passive House Canada will use this book to further build demand for Passive House projects and Passive House-friendly policies in all provinces. The book will be available in hard copy and digital formats.

Our Goal is to showcase the range of Passive House projects throughout the country, demonstrating that comfortable, healthy, and efficient buildings come in a variety of sizes and building types. This book will enable us all to promote and market this leading-edge building methodology. All participants will be given copies of the book to use for your own sales.

You find information on pricing, member rates, deadlines and how to secure a space for your project in the downloadable PDF link here: Passive House Canada Publication Information Sheet