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 »



Passive House Canada Response to Federal Budget

This past Monday, the federal government released its first budget in over two years, proposing significant investments to chart Canada’s path back to economic prosperity from Covid-19. It is the largest budget in Canadian history with $101.4 billion in new spending planned over the next three years. Passive House Canada is pleased to see significant… Read more »



Landmark NYC case study confirms PHI projects outperform their peers in reducing energy use and utility costs and yield substantial savings

An exciting multi-family building study out of New York finds the Passive House Institute design standard provides additional, ongoing cash flow to building owners and tenants thanks to its energy efficiency and operational savings. Those of us involved in building to the Passive House Institute building standard know this, and now this study confirms it.… Read more »



CEO Letter – March

Good news! Passive House Canada (PHC) continues to grow – a reflection of our efforts to help transform the building industry and make it Net Zero Ready. Interest and awareness, especially in central Canada, continues to grow. Thank you to all our advocates across Canada who continue to push for the Passive House Institute building… Read more »



Camosun partners with Passive House Canada to provide micro-credentials

Three of the new micro-credentials in efficient buildings being offered by Camosun College will be delivered in partnership with Passive House Canada. The partnership provides learners with short, relevant credentials in efficient building design and high-performance building construction, while preparing them to write the Passive House Institute exam to become a Certified Passive House Designer.… Read more »



MBTI & Passive House Canada partner to launch Manitoba’s first green training program for the trades

Manitoba Building Trades Institute and Passive House Canada are proud to announce the partnership of a new energy efficient training program: Passive House for the Trades. Set to start Wednesday April 21 2021, This five-week course offered exclusively through MBTI will give skilled trades professionals in Manitoba a practical understanding of standardized sustainable building practices and Passive House Certification standards.   “The way we build is, by necessity, changing in order to meet our… Read more »



Presentation made to the Buildings Working Group of the FCM Climate Caucus February 10, 2021

On February 10, Rob Bernhardt, our Policy and Projects Advisor, gave a presentation to the Buildings Working Group of the FCM Climate Caucus on how local government can accelerate Passive House.  The Buildings Working Group of the FCM Climate Caucus supports local government in understanding what is required of buildings to achieve climate goals, provides… Read more »



CEO Letter – February

Several exciting things are happening at Passive House Canada this month. Chief among them is our finished Concept Development Report for a Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange for the Great Toronto Hamilton Area. Buildings represent the largest source of carbon emissions in the GTHA. Our report for The Atmospheric Fund highlights the marketplace transformation in Ontario… Read more »