Passive House Pulse 2023 Overview

Join us in Vancouver, Toronto or Nova Scotia for our Passive House Pulse  events. These events provide opportunities for our members to gain insight on industry knowledge and connect with like-minded individuals. We look forward to seeing you there!


Passive House Pulse Vancouver – CURV: How Passive House is Re-Envisioning Beautiful Buildings

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm PST | IN-PERSON
CURV Presentation Gallery – 510 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC V6C 3A8 (enter through lobby)

Join us at our PULSE Vancouver event October 18th and hear from the developer, designers, and City about applying the passive house standard to the much anticipated – and beautiful – CURV.

We’ve partnered with the team from CURV to organize a thought-provoking and informative event.

CURV is “a luxury passive house that will stand as a tribute to the city, and a new benchmark for design excellence and environmental achievement worldwide.” Aiming to be the tallest Passive House in the world, CURV marks a new era of innovation in design and construction.

Attend and hear how passive house methodologies will minimize the building’s carbon footprint, and how residents will enjoy living in a climate resilient building that helps to keep them safe and healthy in extreme weather.

The Panel, providing their perspectives and insights, are:

Rick Gregory | Brivia Group

Rick Gregory | P.Eng., Project Director, Brivia Group

Rick is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the planning and execution of large complex construction projects. Both private and public sector, his portfolio spans major civil, institutional, resort, hotel, office, retail and residential projects.

Rick has worked managing the design and construction for many projects such as, Minto and 2 of their flagship mixed-use projects in Ottawa and Toronto; a project that has become Dubai’s iconic landmark, the Burj al Arab; Intrawest’s pedestrian-centric village development projects globally; and leading Henson’s team on its landmark 60-storey Passive House tower in Downtown Vancouver and its 9-acre residential development project in West Vancouver. Following the acquisition of these 2 properties by Montreal’s Brivia Group, he has joined their new Vancouver operation as Project Director for CURV and West Vancouver Project.


Sean Pander | City of Vancouver

Sean Pander | P. Eng., Manager of Green & Resilient Buildings, City of Vancouver

Sean is the Manager of Green and Resilient Buildings for the City of Vancouver and is also a member of the BC Energy Step Code Council and the Buildings to Electric B2E Leadership Council, past chair of the Zero Emissions Building Exchange ZEBx, and is a recipient of Canada’s Clean50 award.

Under Sean’s leadership, Vancouver has rapidly transitioned its Building By-Law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings by over 70% to date and approved changes that will reduce emissions by 90% by 2025. In addition, his team recently had Council approve annual carbon pollution limits for existing commercial buildings that will drive electrification as well requirements to reduce embodied carbon for new commercial and multi-family residential buildings.


Brian Hubbs | RDH Building Science

Brian Hubbs | Managing Principal, RDH Building Science

Brian has over 30 years of experience as a consultant practising exclusively in the field of building science. He has completed hundreds of building enclosure investigations and rehabilitation projects and provided design consulting and construction review of building enclosures for new buildings.

Brian’s experience includes work on both high and low-rise commercial, institutional and residential building projects in many cities and in virtually all climatic regions across Canada and the United States. His extensive experience with a variety of building enclosure systems, components, and materials includes steep and low-slope roofing systems, wall cladding of all types (masonry, EIFS, concrete, metal panel, stucco, wood, vinyl siding, etc.), windows, glazing, glass/metal curtain walls and skylights, as well as below-grade and plaza waterproofing systems.


Learning Objectives:

  • Applying Passive House principles to high-rise developments.
  • The importance of Passive House in achieving the City of Vancouver’s carbon emission targets.
  • Taking architecture beyond the sculptural effect and exploring the high quality and detailed engineering of the Passive House building envelope.

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Passive House Canada is grateful for the support of our event sponsors, Brivia Group, Small Planet Supply, Swegon, & RBC.

Passive House Pulse Toronto – Passive House and Rapid Housing

Thursday, September 21st, 2023 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm EST | IN-PERSON
Montgomery Sisam Architects – 197 Spadina Ave., Suite 301, Toronto, ON M5T 2C8

This Pulse event will focus on two Rapid Housing Initiative projects that deliver high performance housing quickly and to a Passive House quality. The projects are 257 King William Street, Hamilton which is close to completion and 1620 Main St E, Hamilton, which is breaking ground. A panel of experts from each design team will provide an overview of each project leading into a panel discussion and audience Q & A.

Our panel will present varying perspectives and will include those from an owner, an architect, a modular solution supplier, and a Passive House consultant. Our panelists are the following:

Peter Vander Klippe | Senior Project Manager, CityHousing Hamilton

Peter Vander Klippe | Senior Project Manager, CityHousing Hamilton

Peter is a Senior Project Manager at CityHousing Hamilton, with a significant portfolio in passive house construction. He’s at the helm of two passive house certified projects on a single site and has played an integral role in the creation of over a dozen passive house multi-tenant buildings across Southern Ontario. Passionate about innovation, Peter takes pleasure in exploring automation techniques for his home, indulging in his favorite TV shows, and experimenting in the kitchen. A proud Hamiltonian, he shares his home with his wife, two children, and a pair of feline companions.


Enda McDonagh | Principal, Montgomery Sisam Architects
Dip. Arch. Tech., Passive House Consultant

Enda McDonagh | Principal, Montgomery Sisam Architects

Enda is a Principal at Toronto-based practice Montgomery Sisam. Enda came to Montgomery Sisam twelve years ago with an impressive pedigree of work overseas. He has since helped guide a number of award-winning projects in mental health, formative education, higher education and transitional housing. He is a certified Passive House Consultant and is committed in his practice to deliver architecture that performs at the highest standards – functionally, technically, and environmentally. Enda is currently managing Phase 2 of the City of Toronto’s pioneering modular supportive housing projects; 253 King William Street – a new modular supportive housing project in Hamilton targeting Passive House certification; and the Region of Durham’s new modular supportive housing project in Beaverton, Ontario.


Jackie Evans | NRB Affordable Housing Representative

Jackie Evans | NRB Affordable Housing Representative

Jackie is one of NRB’s housing representative in Ontario, specializing in Emergency, Social, and Affordable Housing. She has been working in the design and construction industry most of her career. She graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) with a degree in Interior Design. She has held various volunteer positions in the green building industry, including the CaGBC, ILFI, and iiSBE. She has a keen interest in the modular industry and specifically servicing the non-profit and municipal governments as we all try to increase the number of housing units across the country.


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. She is also now on the Board of Directors for Passive House Canada.

Join us for this highly interactive Passive House learning experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Applying Passive House principles to rapid housing.
  • Integrating a design for superior building energy performance with longevity.
  • Delivering Passive House on a rapid timeline with modular construction.

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Passive House Canada is grateful for the support of our event sponsor Euroline Windows.

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