Policy Series #2 – Operating Efficiency: What is the Target?

This is the second in a series of articles by Rob Bernhardt, Advisor Projects and Policy for Passive House Canada. The first article can be read here. Rob has worked with international agencies, national, provincial and local governments in developing building policy. Prior to that he developed and sold certified Passive House buildings and lives… Read more »



CEO Letter – August

I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and are able to take some vacation with loved ones — even if it is a “staycation.” The world asks “what next,” as COVID-19 plays out. Governments reopen and close down businesses and geographic regions. Will our children be in school this September? How and when will… Read more »



Passive House Instructor to participate in National Research Council of Canada’s LCA2  Initiative on Embodied Carbon

Passive House Canada is excited to share that Philippe St. Jean, one of our course instructors and the Sustainability Construction Officer at McGill University, has been invited to join the technical working group that supports the LCA2  initiative, also known as the low-carbon assets through life cycle assessment initiative. The purpose of the initiative is… Read more »



CEO’s Letter – July

CEO’s Letter July 2020 I hope July finds you and your loved ones healthy and feeling comfortable venturing outside your home. Because of the pandemic, there is increased interest in the health benefits of living and working in Passive House buildings. As a group, we tend to focus on the low-energy aspects of Passive House,… Read more »



Passive House Canada awarded TAF Grant to help municipalities reduce building emissions and reach climate targets

PASSIVE HOUSE CANADA AWARDED TAF GRANT TO HELP MUNICIPALITIES REDUCE BUILDING EMISSIONS AND REACH CLIMATE TARGETS   For Immediate Release: June 4, 2020  TORONTO, Ontario – \ Passive House Canada is developing a concept for a Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange for municipalities, businesses and the public in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). With a $40,000 grant from the Atmospheric Fund to… Read more »



Policy Series #1 – The Four Imperatives

Welcome to the first of the Passive House Canada policy backgrounders. These short, focused articles are written to inform a broad audience of the issues relevant to the Canadian building policy landscape. For practitioners they offer solid foundational knowledge. Policy makers will find the analysis of the Canadian regulatory system worthwhile – some will love… Read more »



Policy Series: CEO Introduction

The advancement of public policy and an effective regulatory framework has been at the core of Passive House Canada’s mission since inception.  Our founding members recognized the market transformation we seek can only be achieved in the context of fundamental policy & regulatory reform.  When our founding members first met in 2013, such transformation was… Read more »



Passive House Canada commits to 3 part recovery and resilience plan

As we emerge from this pandemic, let’s build a more resilient Canada. Passive House Canada is pleased to be one of the more than 240 signatories representing some 2,000-plus companies urging Canadian governments to commit to a three-part recovery and resilience plan: Invest stimulus into Canada’s fast-growing clean energy and cleantech sectors and businesses committed… Read more »



Update from the CEO

May 8, 2020 I hope you and your loved ones are safe during this pandemic. As we head into the 2020 construction season, each province of Canada seems to be operating with different rules, reflecting different circumstances and philosophies of how best to stop a second wave of COVID-19, all balanced against the need to… Read more »



In times of Corona, Passive House ventilation is also advantageous

Statement by Passive House Institute, April 9, 2020 Download The ventilation system (MVHR) in Passive House buildings usually* draws in fresh air from the outside to ventilate our indoor rooms. Even in times of corona, people are allowed to move about outside in the open air as long as social distancing advice is heeded, because… Read more »