Passive House Café visits Fort St. John

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.

At this informal evening event, Passive House expert and Econ Group Principal Marcel Studer, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, and West Moberly First Nations Housing and Capital Asset Manager Terry Dunn share insights into emerging trends in building codes, the benefits of Passive House high-performance buildings, and opportunities to apply the Passive House Standard in the region.

The Passive House Standard is the world’s most energy-efficient building design standard. It requires up to 90 percent less energy for heating or cooling, and leaves buildings comfortable and healthy throughout the year. Because Passive House buildings are built to last, their maintenance and operating costs remain low over the long term.

They also align with B.C.’s new Energy Step Code and Canada’s new national buildings strategy, which aim to make high-performance buildings the norm within 15 years.

“Passive House buildings offer affordable and achievable solutions to building maintenance and energy costs, while maximizing occupant comfort,” says Passive House Canada CEO Rob Bernhardt. “With building codes changing to favour high-performance buildings, we invite residents and business people from the Fort St. John and West Moberly area to join us and learn more about how Passive House buildings can benefit them.”

Dozens of Passive House buildings are currently in design or construction in British Columbia. Passive House projects in northeastern B.C. include the Fort St. John Passive House, the Doig River Community Church, and the West Moberly First Nations Health Station.

“In Fort St. John, energy is not just a commodity, it is a responsibility,” says Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Our project highlights what can be accomplished in energy conservation, comfort and style using sustainable technologies.”

On December 1, Studer presents a full-day workshop at Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Centre on Passive House design and construction. The course is recommended for anyone wishing to learn about Passive House buildings, and is offered at a special discounted price of $50 (normally $345).

Passive House Canada presents these events in Fort St. John with support from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., the City of Fort St. John, and the West Moberly First Nations. Similar events are planned for Prince George and Smithers.

About Passive House Canada

Passive House Canada is a national non-profit professional association that advocates for the Passive House high-performance building standard and works to educate and train professionals in the building industry. The Passive House Standard is recognized internationally as the proven best way to build for comfort, affordability and energy efficiency of residential, institutional and commercial buildings through all stages of design, construction and liveability.

About the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

The Real Estate Foundation of B.C. is a philanthropic organization based in British Columbia, Canada. Its work supports land use and real estate practices that contribute to resilient, healthy communities and natural environments.


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Event Information

Passive House Café – Fort St. John

November 30, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Refreshments will be provided.
Location: Fort St. John Passive House, 9904–94 Street, Fort St. John

Introduction to Passive House High-Performance Buildings – Fort St. John

December 01, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm MST
Fee: $50 (special pricing; normally $345)
Location: Pomeroy Centre, 11308 Alaska Road, Fort St. John