Passive House Summit explores market, policy and practice developments in high-performance buildings

For Immediate Release                            
November 21, 2017

VICTORIA – Passive House Canada and leaders in Ontario’s construction community present the latest developments in high-performance building at IIDEXCanada, November 29.

At the half-day Passive House Summit at IIDEXCanada, Canada’s leading designers, builders and planners of high-performance buildings explore the latest development in buildings policies, high performance–building principles, case studies and future directions.

The Canadian construction industry is changing as building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials seek to deliver high-performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace.

The Passive House Standard is helping to facilitate that change. It is recognized internationally as the proven best way to build for comfort, affordability and energy efficiency of residential, institutional and commercial buildings through all stages of design, construction and liveability.

The standard aligns with the goals of the City of Toronto’s Zero Emissions Buildings Framework and BuildSmart, Canada’s new buildings strategy, which aims to make high-performance, energy-efficient buildings the norm by 2030.

“Building codes are changing to require greater energy efficiency in communities across Canada, and it’s important industry understand the benefits and requirements in designing and constructing high-performance buildings,” says Passive House Canada CEO Rob Bernhardt, one of the presenters at the Passive House Summit. “Industry leaders have come together at IIDEXCanada to share their knowledge and experience with Canada’s building community.”

High-performance buildings use up to 90 per cent less energy, require little maintenance, and are comfortable and quiet regardless of the weather outside. Passive House buildings are the most energy-efficient of the high-performance buildings.

Passive House Summit is presented by Passive House Canada.

Dozens of high-performance buildings are in planning, design and construction in Ontario. They include single-family and multi-unit homes, commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings, and low- and high-rise buildings.

About Passive House Canada

Passive House Canada is a national non-profit professional association that advocates for the Passive House high-performance building standard and works to educate and train professionals in the building industry. It offers dozens of courses across Canada every year, including in Toronto and Ottawa.