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.
If you missed the Passive House Deep Dive on October 31 or the Passive House seminar series at BUILDEX Calgary on November 8-9, some of the speakers have provided their presentations for our Building Professionals Resource Centre. You can also download them here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building a Passive House takes a community, and bringing information about the benefits of high-performance buildings to the design and construction industry requires the support and advocacy of industry partners.
For Immediate Release
November 23, 2017
VICTORIA – Passive House Canada, the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., the City of Fort St. John, and the West Moberly First Nations invite area residents and builders to Passive House Café, November 30, from 5:30–7:00 pm, at the Fort St. John Passive House, 9904-94 Street, Fort St. John.
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2017
VICTORIA – Passive House Canada and leaders in Ontario’s construction community present the latest developments in high-performance building at IIDEXCanada, November 29.
At the half-day Passive House Summit at IIDEXCanada, Canada’s leading designers, builders and planners of high-performance buildings explore the latest development in buildings policies, high performance–building principles, case studies and future directions.
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2017
VICTORIA – Passive House Canada, the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George and the West Moberly First Nation invite area residents and construction-industry members to Passive House Café, from 5:30–7:30 pm, November 28, at the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George, 1919 – 17 Avenue, Prince George.
At this informal event, high-performance building expert Marcel Studer, of Econ Group, and Terry Dunn, of the West Moberly First Nation, share insights into emerging building codes trends in B.C., the benefits of buildings designed to the high-performance Passive House Standard, and opportunities to apply the standard in northern B.C. projects.