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 »



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 »