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


2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report is up and available for viewing.


Federal and international organizations gather to advance transformative global movement on sustainable design and building

VANCOUVER, BC. October 29, 2018From November 5 – 9 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East and West), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) (which includes North America), the Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC, and Passive House Canada are collaborating on a week of events to drive forward solutions for the transformation of the global building sector.

As the need to take climate action becomes an imminent global issue, more innovative steps are being taken to manage renewable resources and the development of high-performance buildings.

In Canada, policy initiatives such as the BC Energy Step Code and Build Smart – Canada’s National Building Strategy have moved to the front stage and become a guide post for the transformation of buildings in municipalities across Canada.

During the week of November 5th, more than 600 international policy makers, subject matter experts, industry professionals and government officials will gather to provide solutions, identify partnerships and build collaborative efforts to help transition towards a sustainable building sector and low-carbon economy based on the provision of sustainably managed forests, and the development of high-performance/net-zero ready buildings. The three conferences will be addressing the benefits of placing renewable resources (forests) and high-performance buildings at the centre of a sustainable future.

To Rob Bernhardt, CEO of Passive House Canada, this assembly is an example of effectively aligning mandates for sustainable change. “The Passive House standard is coming to the forefront in the global drive to offer better, more sustainable buildings. Their inherent efficiency drastically reduces carbon emissions and is an essential part of addressing climate change. Passive House Canada is pleased to partner with the UNECE COFFI and the Canadian Wood Council in these transformative conferences to support government and industry in developing the capacity to deliver solutions that transform how we build.”

‘Partnering for Transformation’ is the inaugural Passive House Canada Conference theme. A sold-out conference six weeks in advance, this conference has attracted Passive House and high performance building experts, and industry leaders from around the world for the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, the global community of leading building scientists and the industry’s top design and construction professionals who are accelerating market transformation through unique networking events, seminars and high-performance building and manufacturing tours. The full conference program can be viewed at http://phcc2018.com

Themed “Inspired by wood in the 21st century: Redefining how the world builds”, the Wood WORKS! BC 2018 Wood Solutions Conference will inform building and design professionals about the latest innovations and expertise in the use of wood products and building systems through seminars, an interactive trade show and engagement opportunities. With an exceptional line-up of speakers from across Canada and around the world, as well as design and building innovators, product experts and key members of project teams, this conference is the premier annual wood learning event in BC.

Lynn Embury-Williams is the executive director of Wood WORKS! BC. “With wood now recognized as a high performance, low carbon, innovative and competitive-value building solution, it is imperative to offer technical knowledge through learning opportunities in wood products and building systems. The 2018 Wood Solutions Conference will inspire and inform architects, engineers and building professionals about emerging opportunities for both structural and architectural wood use.” She continued, “Topics include increasing density in new building types such as tall wood structures; addressing new building code revisions relating to fire and other technical requirements; and dealing with labour shortages using prefabricated wood components and offsite construction.” She concluded, “This conference is essential for advancing wood proficiency and ingenuity in wood use and addressing our building needs for tomorrow.” The full program can be viewed online: woodsolutionsconference.com

Under the title ‘Building the Future with Forests’, the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry will bring an important message to the world: the Vancouver Invitation on Forest Products for a Better Future. This message will garner champions to create a larger community of stakeholders who see the value of forest products as a key element of the green economy and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The Government of Canada understands the benefits that forest products play in meeting climate targets, creating good jobs, stimulating economic growth and building more resilient communities. As the world embraces new clean, renewable energy, wood – from sustainably managed forests – is poised to play an increasingly important role. This is why we are making strategic investments now – in areas such as tall wood construction and the emerging bio economy – to ensure Canada remains a global forestry leader well into the future,” concluded the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

About Passive House Canada:          

Passive House Canada (PHC) is a national non-profit professional association advocating for the Passive House high-performance building standard. Passive House Canada is Canada’s leading educational provider for the Passive House building standard. PHC facilitates the adoption of the Passive House Standard through advocacy work, a national education program, and nation-wide events.

About Wood WORKS! BC and the Canadian Wood Council:

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is the national association representing manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction – enabling the selling of Canadian wood products through programs and services focused on creating market access and demand. Wood WORKS! is a program of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and advance the use of wood in building and design.

About UNECE:                                                                                                                              

The UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industries (COFFI) is a principal subsidiary body of the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) based in Geneva. It constitutes a forum for cooperation and consultation between member countries on forests, the forest industry and forest product matters. All countries of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the United States of America, Canada and Israel are members of the UNECE and participate in its work. The joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section provides the Secretariat to the UNECE COFFI and the FAO European Forestry Commission, and works to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work (IPoW).

Access to PDF Press Release: Press Release_UNECE_WWBC_PHC


Passive House Canada Conference Social and Tour are Open for Registration!

We would like to thank our Passive House community, speakers, volunteers and delegates for their incredible support! Our Conference is SOLD OUT, but you can still attend the conference social and networking event, in addition to the Passive House Project Tour.

Social and Networking Event:

Passive into Action! BCIT Building Lab Demo Night
Wednesday November 7, 2018 
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
BCIT High Performance Building Lab – 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby

You will not want to miss this event! Held in the one-of-a-kind BCIT High Performance Building Lab, this is sure to be an evening of hands-on fun as you put into practice what you have learned at day one of the Passive House Conference! Hosted by BCIT at the High Performance Building Lab, the evening will provide an opportunity to take part in several stations where you can get your hands dirty – maybe even get a blister on your thumb!

Tickets ($40+tax) include dinner & wine and transportation to and from the convention centre. A big thank you to our sponsors Roofing Contractors Association of BC (RCABC).

Register Today at http://bit.ly/PHCsocial

*Because Conference is sold out please register for the social event using the ‘SOCIAL ATTENDANCE ONLY’ option.

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Passive House Project Tour:

On Friday November 9th Passive House Canada will wrapping up the conference and kicking-off International Passive House Days with project tours.

Whistler Full Day Passive House Project Tour – $125 + GST
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
It’s worth the drive to Whistler! Tour includes the BC Passive House manufacturing plant of prefabricated panels, a single-family residential dwelling, a commercial Passive House building and a MURB under construction. Transportation provided, lunch is not included however participants will have the opportunity to purchase lunch along the way. Tour tickets are non-refundable.

Register Today at http://bit.ly/PHCtour

*Because Conference is sold out please register for the tour using the ‘SOCIAL ATTENDANCE ONLY’ option.


Passive House Canada Call for Nominations – Board of Directors

Position: Director, Board of Directors, Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada (volunteer position)

Company Summary:

Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada (PHC-MPC) is Canada’s non-profit professional association and community of experts in the Passive House (Passivhaus) high performance building standard. We are the Canadian affiliate of the International Passive House Association and a member of the North American Passive House Network.  We are a member-based organization representing over 800 members across Canada.

Our mission is to facilitate awareness of the Passive House Standard across Canada and transform the built environment, creating more comfortable and healthier buildings, and contributing to a sustainable future. We do this through advocacy, education, events and by fostering community.

Overview:

PHC-MPC has six (6) vacancies on the board of directors, of which three (3) positions are up for renewal.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about excellent not-for-profit board governance, with a commitment to the development of Passive House high performance buildings.

Nominees should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: accounting and finance, law, government relations, and policy review and development. Directors with the outlined expertise will complement existing Board members, who are currently building science specialists and/or have experience and knowledge of high-performance buildings and the Passive House standard.

The role of the Board is to govern and oversee the affairs of the organization. As a member of the Board of Directors, you will work with other board members, the CEO and the Director of Operations on strategic decision-making, governance, monitoring performance, risk management, as well as developing and maintaining effective partnerships and communication within the organization’s members and its stakeholders.

The Board meets monthly via conference calls. Board Members are expected to read and understand documents and reports prior to meetings, and attend meetings prepared to actively participate in the conversations and decisions. In addition, Board Members often serve on specific event or project committees. A Board Member should anticipate dedicating approximately 8-12 hours per month to the role. The appointment will commence in November 2018. Directors are appointed for a 1 year to 3-year term and may be reappointed for up to three (3) terms (to a maximum of nine (9) consecutive years).

Required knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Previous experience with other not-for-profit governing boards is required, complete with a clear understanding and appreciation for policy governance principles;
  • Accounting and finance knowledge and experience;
  • Experience in legal matters in relation to human resources, contracts, and partnerships;
  • Experience engaging with government regulators and stakeholders;
  • Experience working with government officials in relation to securing funding, developing partnerships, and policy development and/or review;
  • Understanding of the strategic planning process and ability to contribute to the development of strategic plans;
  • Experience in coalition building and community engagement efforts; and
  • Ability to identify prospective opportunities and plan accordingly to achieve them.

Additional information:

Our Board operates with integrity and members are expected to adhere to an Ethical Code of Conduct. Nominees must demonstrate mature confidence, active participation, and work respectfully with other Board members and employees. Passive House Canada actively supports a culture of diversity and welcomes applications and nominations from all who reflect the diverse communities that we serve.

How to Apply:

If you or someone you know has the time, commitment and the specific skills identified above to take on the role of a Director, please send a cover letter, biography and head-shot photo (for the voting ballots) to the Chair of the Nomination Committee, Mr. Marcel Studer: admin@passivehousecanada.com

Next steps:

Once the nominations close, the Nomination Committee will review the nominations received and select candidates that will contribute the desired knowledge, skills and experience outlined above, and make recommendations to the Board and membership in terms of who should be elected to the Board. Electronic voting ballots will be distributed to the membership from approximately October 17 to November 2.

Please note: In order to vote, one must be a registered Passive House Canada member. Each member organization is entitled to one vote.

Nomination closing date: October 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Pacific)

Pour plus amples renseignements en français sur le processus de nomination, veuillez téléphoner à Marc Tremblay, au 778-265-2744. Sachez que les rencontres du Conseil d’administration de Passive House Canada – Maison Passive Canada se déroulent en français.