Past Passive House Pulse Events

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Passive House Pulse Vancouver – January 20, 5:00-7:00 PM PST


Hosted by Passive House Canada’s Luiz Bezerra, we will be welcoming our guest speaker, Monte Paulsen, a Passive House Specialist at RDH Building Science, who will discussing the statistical impact of climate change and how to retrofit buildings in a climate emergency. Topics will include the Stepwise EnerPHit approach, which is a tool designed to help building owners plan for adaptation and mitigation. Take this opportunity to connect with local industry professionals!

Monte Paulsen, EA, CPHC, PHI Building Certifier | Associate, Passive House Specialist – RDH Building Science

Monte is among Canada’s most experienced Passive House professionals. He leads a multi-city Passive House team that has consulted on or certified more than 70 projects — totaling 4 million square feet—including homes, offices, affordable mid-rise buildings, and luxury high-rise buildings. Monte is also a veteran Passive House Trainer who has helped more than 100 professionals earn their Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) credential. His courses range from a one-day Passive House 101 overview to the multi-day workshop A Pattern Language for Passive House. Monte was a founding board member and volunteer at the not-for-profit organization Passive House Canada, and previously managed his own Passive House consulting firm, which merged with RDH Building Science in 2016.

Passive House Pulse Nova Scotia – January 26, 5:00-6:30 PM AST


We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our very first Passive House Pulse social event in Nova Scotia! This session will be led by Lorrie Rand, a Certified Passive House Designer, and instructor for Passive House Canada. Join us for an evening of casual conversation with like-minded colleagues to engage on a number of interesting topics!

Lorrie Rand, Certifier Passive House Designer | Instructor, Passive House Canada


Lorrie is also the co-owner of Habit Studio, a successful architectural design practice specializing in sustainable whole home renovations and custom Passive Houses. She brings a valuable range of expertise to the home design industry.


Passive House Pulse Vancouver – February 17, 5:00-6:30 PM PST


We are excited to have guest speaker, Chris Higgins, a Senior Green Building Planner at the City of Vancouver, who will be discussing how to transform the built environment by addressing what Vancouver has done over the past 10-15 years to transform new construction to achieve zero emissions outcomes. Chris’s work focuses on low rise residential (70% of the square footage Vancouver builds on an annual basis) but he will touch on other built forms within the Vancouver context. The session will both cover civic policy with resulting projects (Fire halls, daycares, administration buildings, etc.), affordable housing policy and projects, as well as policy and building code affecting private projects. Vancouver leverages the International Passive House standard to help transform the built environment to deliver on our Paris commitments to address climate change.


1.5 Core LUs will be rewarded for attending this session.

Chris Higgins, Senior Green Building Planner – The City of Vancouver

Chris is an accomplished project manager who has developed a number of successful programs that overcome market barriers and result in lower energy buildings that address the climate Emergency. He possesses a well-developed knowledge of energy use in residential buildings and has the experience to know the policy triggers to encourage action.

As a Senior Green Building Planner at the City of Vancouver, Chris develops and implements building bylaw, policy, and programs to achieve new buildings that run without fossil fuel, while at the same time helping to reduce greenhouses gases from existing homes. He works to remove barriers for Passive House projects, and possesses an understanding of regulatory and incentive options a city has at its disposal. Chris is a spokesperson at national conferences and to various media outlets.

Chris worked for the Canada Green Building Council from 2008-2014, developed the LEED Canada for Homes program for single along with multifamily homes and supported its delivery in all provinces and two territories. Chris has served on the board of directors for Passive House Canada. Prior to that Chris fond his love of better buildings while working as Mountain Equipment Cooperatives store planner. Chris is a Newfoundlander but has made British Columbia his home for the last two decades.

Passive House Pulse Nova Scotia – February 23, 5:00-6:30 PM AST


This session will be led by Lorrie Rand, a Certified Passive House Designer, and instructor for Passive House Canada. We will be welcoming our guest speaker Kelly Fisher, who comes from a background in construction and architectural design, holds her CPHC designation since 2018 and PHPP Expert Seal since 2019. With 15 years of experience in the construction industry in various roles, this experience has allowed her to gain knowledge in many aspects of construction to understand the realities and processes of the construction industry. As a Certified Passive House Consultant, Kelly works alongside Architects, Engineers, and Builders on Passive House projects of all sizes. Learn More


Passive House Pulse Vancouver – March 17, 5:00-6:30PM PST


Jamie Harte, Architect AIBC | Certifier Passive House Designer | Associate, Public Architecture + Communication

For this session, we will be welcoming our guest speaker, Jamie Harte, an Associate at Public: Architecture + Communication. He is also an Architect AIBC and Certified Passive House Designer. Jamie will be presenting on the Skeena Residence: Lessons from Canada’s first certified Passive House student residence.


The Skeena  student residence at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus is Canada’s first certified Passive House student residence, delivered to a tight deadline in 2020. Public: Architecture + Communication will share some key lessons learned through design and construction.

This session is approved for 1.5 Core LUs.

Jamie is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, with professional experience in Ireland before moving to BC in 2011. Demonstrating an early interest in residential building, he focused his thesis work on multi-unit housing and inventive social spaces. Since graduating, Jamie has been involved in all aspects of residential architecture including close client engagement, programming, detailed design, and consultation with local municipalities. Highly invested in energy efficiency and low-carbon materials, he is a Certified Passive House Designer with Passive House Institute in Germany. Thorough, methodical, and detail oriented, Jamie leads with a particular gift for untangling complex problems.

Jamie worked on the first Passive House standard multi-unit project in Squamish and was the Project Architect for Skeena Residence at UBC Okanagan, the first Passive House residence on a Canadian campus. He is currently Project Architect for Vienna House, a project that takes on a number of complex issues – the climate crisis, the housing crisis, creating economic opportunities – in one project.

Passive House Pulse Toronto – April 14, 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST


Josh Vanwyck, Certified Passive House Designer and Tradesperson, JMV Consulting

Joining us for this session is guest speaker, Josh Vanwyck, a Certified Passive House Designer and Tradesperson from JMV Consulting. This session will focus on the lessons learned by the CPHD through the tendering, construction and early commissioning of the Ken Soble Tower, the largest Certified MURB EnerPHit in the world. The goal of the session is to answer questions and highlight some areas that designers and consultants should can be thinking of early in design to avoid changes down the line.

1.5 Core LUs will be rewarded for attending this session.

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Josh has over 15 years of experience working in sustainable building design. Having worked on projects around the world including Canada, Germany, France, Tanzania, China and the Middle East, he brings his background in modeling, systems thinking, building science, and master planning to drive innovative sustainability projects forward. Joshua has worked on a mix of sustainable new and retrofit buildings as well as large master plan projects all with a focus on simple solutions.

He was the Passive House Designer for the Ken Soble Tower EnerPHit, and is involved in multiple multi family Passive House, institutional projects and a few Part 9 PH Projects.

Josh also teaches part time at BCIT’s school of construction on high performance buildings and how builders can reach the upper levels of the BC Energy Step Code and Passive House levels of insulation and air tightness.

Passive House Pulse Nova Scotia – April 27, 5:00 – 6:30 PM AST


Kim Walton, Principal, Certified Passive House Designer and Builder, Bow Crow Design

We are thrilled to have guest speaker, Kim Walton, Principal, Certified Passive House Designer and Builder at Bow Crow Design, who will be discussing Passive House specifications.

Kim Walton has spent the last 40 years designing energy efficient homes and small buildings from the Alberta Foothills. Using her skills in Energy modelling and employing excellence in building science, Kim designs and manages Passive House and Net Zero projects across Canada.

1.5 Core LUs will be rewarded for attending this session.

Passive House Pulse Vancouver – June 14, 6:00 – 8:00 PM 


Joining us for this session was our board member, Chris Hill. Chris is the President of B Collective Homes, a Vancouver based residential construction company, he is a Certified Professional Accountant, (CPA, CMA), Master Resident Builder (CHBA), and Passive House Tradesperson.

For this session, Chris presented a workshop centered on BOSS (Building Offsite Sustainable Systems); “A paradigm shift towards carbon neutrality has started globally. How we design, build and live in buildings is changing.” Learn more here.



Passive House Pulse Nova Scotia- June 29, 5:00 – 6:30 PM AST


Our first ever in-person Nova Scotia Passive House Pulse will be hosted by Lorrie Rand, a Certified Passive House Designer and Instructor for Passive House Canada. This event will be held at 5522 Falkland Street, Halifax. on the site of an 1850s era Halifax House that is being retrofitted as the future of Habit Studio headquarters. We will tour the work in progress and talk about the solutions and products chosen to go from a heating demand of 450Wh/m2a and 24 ACH to Enerphit performance.

Please note there is no working plumbing. Attendees should wear suitable footwear.  Click here to learn more about this session.

1.5 Core LUs will be awarded for attending this session.

Passive House Pulse Toronto – July 14th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST 

The Toronto Green Standard Version 4, and the Synergies with Passive House

Momentum around net-zero ready buildings is building up in Toronto, with the acceleration of the Toronto Green Standard implementation timeline. Zac Zandona and Austin Barton, from the Environment & Energy Division team from the City of Toronto, will present on the requirements of the Toronto Green Standard version 4 – in application since May 1, 2022 – and the role Passive House plays in meeting these high-performance objectives set by the City. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the presenters, so come with your questions in hands!

1.5 Core LUs will be awarded for attending this session.

Click here to learn more about this session.

Passive House Pulse Vancouver – July 21st, 5:30 – 7:30 PM PST 

Join us at our Pulse Vancouver event this coming Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at 8th and Pine (1745 West 8th – entrance at Porte Cochere). Joining us for the evening’s discussion is the President of Delta Land Development Ltd., Bruce Langereis. Bruce will discuss projects including SoLo in the Soo Valley, an extremely high-performance prefabricated demonstration home, offering insights from a developer’s perspective and lessons learned along the way.

To learn more about Bruce and Delta Land Development Ltd., click here.


SoLo Exterior. Photo credit: Andrew Latreille/ Courtesy: Perkins&Will


Passive House Pulse Nova Scotia – July 27th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM AST

The next Nova Scotia Passive House Pulse will be held at the future ‘Habit Studio Headquarters’ at 5522 Falkland Street, Halifax – an 1850s Halifax House that is being retrofitted as an office for Lorrie Rand; a Certified Passive House Designer and Instructor for Passive House Canada.

Myles Ekman, Project Manager at Vetta Building Technologies Inc.,  a leading Canadian owned supplier of custom, aluminum-clad, wood windows, doors, and HRV/ERV ventilation solutions will be joining us to answer all questions related to window performance specifications to optimizing windows to installing them! Click here to learn more about the speaker.

Please note there is no working plumbing at the location. Attendees should wear suitable footwear.

Come with your questions in hand. We hope to see you there!

Passive House Pulse Toronto- August 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST

University of Toronto Scarborough – 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON

We’re switching things up in August, with an in-person Passive House tour! The University of Toronto Scarborough Passive House Student Residence is leading the way on complex institutional buildings in Canada.

The building will house 750 student beds, above the level 1 podium with a large commercial kitchen and dining and mixed-use spaces for workshop-style learning. Pomerleau is leading the project delivery for the University, with its Design-Build team: IBI Group, EXP, MCW Consultant and RDH Building Science. The project is currently under construction with most of the enclosure work complete, aiming for completion in fall 2023.

Join Irvin San Juan, Project Manager, for a tour and discussion of this impressive capital project and earn 2 Core LUs!

Please note that this is a construction site. Attendees are required to bring  their own PPE, including a hard hat, safety glasses, safety vest, safety boots (CSA 6” high). Anyone who is not dressed appropriately, will NOT be allowed to join the tour.

To ensure the safety of all guests, we ask that you please fill out and sign this ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM and bring it with you to the tour. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT COMPLETE THE WAIVER FORM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE TOUR.

Please show up at the site at 1:30 pm to fill out your COVID survey. Meet the H&S Advisor – Steve Moss at Gate 1 upon arrival. Click here to view the map of the site.


Passive House Pulse Vancouver – August 18th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM PST 

150 Water Street and 151 West Cordova

Attend the highly anticipated tour of the recently completed Passive House and LEED Gold certified Gastown Childcare Centre, located at 150 Water Street and 151 West Cordova, situated in downtown Vancouver, in a historical neighbourhood that is a mix of commercial and residential buildings.

This project is an innovative response to an intriguing concept proposed by the City of Vancouver. The two 400m2 single-story buildings, located on the roofs of two underused parkades, provide 74 much-needed childcare spaces, accommodating 24 infants/toddlers and 50 preschool-age children.

Adam James was technical lead for the Gastown Child Care project while with Acton Ostry Architects. He will lead the tour and discuss the design and construction of the building. Learn more about the speaker here. 

Accessing the Building

The building is accessible from the public elevator located at 150 Water Street. Please meet outside elevator at top floor level.


Passive House Pulse Nova Scotia – August 24th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM AST

Lions Head Tavern, 3085 Robie St, Halifax

Lorrie Rand, Certifier Passive House Designer | Instructor, Passive House Canada

Bring your PH questions in hand, and discuss your latest projects with our host, Lorrie Rand, a Certified Passive House Designer and Instructor for Passive House Canada at our next Pulse Nova Scotia event!




Passive House Pulse Toronto – September 8th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST 

Hariri Pontarini Architects – 235 Carlaw Avenue, Suite 301, Toronto

Attend our next Pulse Toronto event, hosted at Hariri Pontarini Architects office building at 235 Carlaw Avenue, Suite 301, Toronto.

Thomas Moore, Senior Building Systems Consultant | Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Thomas Moore, Senior Building Systems Consultant at Steven  Winter Associates, Inc., will provide insight into specific Passive House designs on a large scale: residential, institutional, commercial, and retrofits, including projects such as The House at Cornell Tech and Pirelli Building Retrofit.

Join to learn more about the latest developments in sustainable design, the technical challenges, and required solutions, for delivering a high-rise passive house design.

Passive House Pulse Vancouver – Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm PST | IN-PERSON

Perkins+Will at 1220 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Y5

This session will feature a presentation by Emma-Sofie Hestbech. She is a Master’s student in Engineering Psychology, a field concerned with designing user friendly and human-centered design. She has worked with 8 different research projects ranging from designing wayfinding robots to redesigns of apps and websites with different industry partners both in tech and architecture.

Emma-Sofie Hestbech, Master’s student in Engineering Psychology 

Through theory of environmental psychology and human-centered design, you will learn how to identify user-experience in a design. “The user” is an umbrella term for every different kind of stakeholder and user in a design project. Emma-Sofie will present methods to identify what aspects of the user experience is essential to your project in order to make requirements based on human use and preference. Additionally, she will show methods for psychological assessments of spaces to evaluate human well-being in a space. The end of the session will focus on how to incorporate this knowledge in a human-centered design approach. You will know more about how we cannot design a user experience, but we can design for a user experience.

Learning objectives:

  • Identifying the relation between the user experience and architecture
  • Systematic methods to measure the user experience of a design
  • Apply results of user evaluations in the design process


Passive House Pulse Nova Scotia – November 23rd, 2022, 5 pm – 6:30 pm AST | IN-PERSON

Habit Studio 6437 Cork St Unit 4, Halifax, NS B3L 1Z5

This event will focus on ERVs – energy recovery ventilation – the components and how ERVs function, followed by PHI ERV testing certification requirements. The presentation will cover why energy recovery systems are needed, sensible vs. latent recovery, and frost control strategies.  A review of all common technologies, principles of operations, advantages / disadvantages, and side by side comparison of frost control needs with high and low Levels of relative humidity will be presented.  It will include Passive House ERV technology commonly used,  and model how different defrosting points will contribute to the energy cost of a building.

Conan Baker, Enviroair Industries Inc

Conan the presenter for this event has spent 14 years as a manufacturer’s sales representative in the plumbing industry representing 45 manufacturers for the province of Nova Scotia.  He has worked on projects as small as a 1400 sq’ home to as large as the Saint Mary’s University district heating plant and the Pictou prison.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What is an HRV / ERV?
  2. Why do we need recovery energy from exhaust air?
  3. What type of heat recovery technology meets my needs?

Passive House Pulse Toronto – November 30th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM EST 

Entuitive – 200 University Ave, 7th Floor Toronto, ON M5H 3C6

This session will be featuring Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting Ltd and Marine Sanchez, RDH Building Science Inc.

Andrew Peel | Principal, Peel Passive House Consulting

Andrew Peel | Principal, Peel Passive House Consulting

Andrew’s primary areas of expertise is in low carbon buildings and renewable energy. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, program management, authoring technical and non-technical articles, course and lecture delivery, and technical research. Andrew provides Passive House and sustainability consultancy, certification, and training services to the building sector. He is one of only a handful of Canadian-based Passive House certifiers accredited by the German Passivhaus Institut.

Marine Sanchez | Passive House Service Lead, RDH Building Science

Marine Sanchez | Passive House Service Lead, RDH Building Science

Being part of Canada’s highly experienced Passive House professionals circle, Marine leads RDH’s Passive House consulting services. She focuses on the design of large-scale institutional, residential, and mixed-use projects, channeling her passion and expertise to drive meaningful change in the industry to address the climate emergency. Her role includes developing Passive House designs on leading-edge projects such as the UTSC Student Residence, while also guiding site teams new to Passive House towards successful delivery. Marine also supports various levels of government in implementing policies, including the City of Toronto and their 2040 Net Zero Strategy, acting as advisor on the City’s Climate Advisory Group.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What is the process to certify a building? Become familiar with the different roles and the process associated with Passive House building certification.
  2. How does the construction process change with Passive House buildings? Identify the need for enhanced quality control/quality assurance to maintain performance throughout construction.
  3. Understand the roadblocks and priorities when preparing a certification submission.

This event will be an Open Q&A with Passive House Certifiers. Bring your questions about Passive House to ask our experts, Andrew and Marine.