Passive House High-Rise Workshops

The City of Vancouver and Passive House Canada are organizing 2 interactive workshops to help Passive House professionals build Passive House high-rises, April 25, at UBC Robson Square, in Vancouver.


  • Workshop 1: Cost-Effective Passive House Engineering for Larger Buildings, presented by Brandon Nicholson, NK Architects:

Summary: To deliver cost-optimized Passive House buildings we need a paradigm shi in how engineers approach the design of building mechanical systems. Fortunately, this shift is already underway. Learn how through a system-by-system tour of proven, low-cost engineering solutions for multifamily and commercial Passive House buildings.

  • Workshop 2: The Passive House High-Rise: How is it different?, presented by Lois Arena from Steven Winter Associates and Monte Paulsen from RDH.

Summary: Lois Arena will speak in-depth to the challenges and lessons learned on the Cornell Tech High-Rise residential tower known as The House. She will explain how Passive House impacts the design & construction teams, especially on their first PH project. She will also illustrate how the lessons learned from Cornell are currently being applied to SWA’s next 33-story high-rise mixed-use project in Harlem: Sendero Verde. Monte Paulsen will explore lessons learned in the first few multi-unit Passive House projects in BC. He will discuss the design concerns that are facing several of the multi-unit projects currently in planning. Monte will focus specifically on why large buildings present challenges to achieving PHI’s unique Primary Energy Renewable target (PER) and on strategies for overcoming these challenges.

Cost is $195 per workshop, or $295 for both sessions, plus tax.