Passive House Pulse 2022 Overview

Join us monthly in Vancouver, Toronto or Nova Scotia for our Passive House Pulse  events, This is a great opportunity 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 – 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


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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?

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Passive House Pulse Toronto – November 30th, 2022, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm EST | IN-PERSON

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.

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