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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 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.