Passive House a Winner with CleanBC’s Building Innovation Fund

BC continues to provide a springboard for homegrown companies to flourish in green innovation. North Vancouver-based BCollective Homes and Invermere-based Collective Carpentry were two of the deserving recipients of the $8-million CleanBC Building Innovation Fund. Both companies foundationally believe in the value of Passive House principles as the pathway to provide superior solutions in construction… Read more »



CEO Letter – June

In mid-May the International Energy Agency (IEA) released an important report called Net-Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector. The report finds that a radical shift toward renewable energy is required to prevent the world from warming beyond 1.5 degrees and that investments in oil and gas need to immediately come to an end. It specifies that governments need to significantly strengthen and successfully… Read more »



Keeping Vancouver on Track to Reduce Building Emissions

By Scott Kennedy, Partner, Cornerstone Architecture This past week, a motion went before Vancouver City Council to delay the implementation of a policy requiring the installation of zero emissions heating and hot water systems in news homes beginning January 1, 2022 by one year. The motion was included in a package of amendments for Council… Read more »



CEO Letter – May

There is lots to report at Passive House Canada as we continue to add education courses for the industry, and work with government and industry to help with the transition to a zero carbon building marketplace. We have been critical of the pending national building code removal of air tightness testing. We are concerned that… Read more »



Passive House Canada establishes ground-breaking partnership to advance the Passive House standard throughout the Americas

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2021 VICTORIA,  B.C. – \ Passive House Canada is pleased to announce a five-year partnership with the Instituto Latinoamericano Passivhaus (ILAPH) and Capital Cities of the Americas (CC35), an American-based organization that facilitates collaboration between the public and private sectors to achieve an accelerated impact of the Paris Agreement through the leadership… Read more »



Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day from all of us at Passive House Canada! As many in our community are aware of, buildings consume up to 40 percent of global energy use and contribute up to 30 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. They are a key piece of the puzzle towards a low-carbon future. “Before looking… Read more »



CEO Letter – April

This past Monday the federal government released its first budget in more than two years. It proposes significant investments to put Canada back on a path to economic recovery from Covid-19. As you’ve no doubt heard, this is the largest budget in Canadian history, with $101.4 billion in new spending over three years, including significant… Read more »



Critics disapprove of the federal budget cash for home retrofits

Our CEO, Chris Ballard was interviewed for comments on the federal governments plan to put $4.4 billion towards home renovation energy-savings rebates. The federal budget’s plan to retrofit residential buildings falls short of what is needed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create well-paying jobs, experts say. The budget, announced Monday, includes a… Read more »