We’re planning the 2018 Passive House Conference!

We’ve begun planning for the 2018 Passive House Conference to take place in November in Vancouver, B.C., need your help to contribute ideas, expertise, time and awesomeness to make this a world-class event.

To participate on the conference Sponsorship Committee, Social Events Committee, or Outreach Committee, email Passive House Canada Events Manager Gaby Dominguez, stating which committee you’re interested in.

 


Federal government offers Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships program

The housing sector in Canada provides significant potential for the reduction of the country’s energy footprint and delivering other benefits to Canadians. To accelerate energy-efficient construction, Natural Resources Canada provides a program to enable builders to reduce their time and risk finding and trying innovations that can help them build higher-performance homes better, faster and more affordably.


Reflection and anticipation: How far we’ve come and where we’re going

 

by Rob Bernhardt, CEO

The quiet softness falling snow in the night (or the thought of it) as the holiday season approaches seems to inspire reflection. Passive House Canada has experienced amazing growth this year in so many respects—in membership, in the number and complexity of projects we’ve undertaken, and in training and number of events held.


Incremental energy-efficiency targets set to transform buildings in municipalities

Phased-in performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for buildings are setting the course towards better buildings in the City of Toronto and municipalities across B.C. Local governments influence the building design and construction practice through municipal bylaws, zoning requirements and policy. Many municipalities have a history of encouraging energy efficiency in new construction that goes beyond provincial building codes.

In two regions in Canada, local governments are working with phased-in incremental building standards that aim to make high-performing energy-efficient Passive House-style buildings the norm by the early 2030s.


Passive House training reaches northeastern B.C. communities

About 125 people took part in our northeastern B.C. outreach and training events in November. Almost 30 people and 50 people participated in our introductory courses in Prince George and Fort St. John, respectively, to learn about better ways to build. The City of Prince George sent a municipal planner seeking information on how to make the city’s planned fire station Passive House.


Buildings Energy Code change request for Passive House being developed

Passive House modelling software is currently not a recognized modelling tool to demonstrate compliance with the National Energy Code for Canada (NECB).  As a consequence, a project is required to complete a second energy model, at additional cost.  To address this, a formal submission to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes is being prepared to consider adoption of Passive House as an alternative compliance path.  The objective is to align with the Commission’s Long-Term Strategy for Developing and Implementing More Ambitious Energy Codes.