Passive House training reaches northeastern B.C. communities

About 125 people took part in our northeastern B.C. outreach and training events in November. Almost 30 people and 50 people participated in our introductory courses in Prince George and Fort St. John, respectively, to learn about better ways to build. The City of Prince George sent a municipal planner seeking information on how to make the city’s planned fire station Passive House.


Passive House Café at the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George.


In addition, about 50 people showed up at the Passive House Café events held the evening before each course. Marcel Studer, principal of The Econ Group and Passive House Canada instructor, presented briefly about the Passive House Standard. Terry Dunn, Housing and Capital Asset Manager of the West Moberly First Nation, introduced the West Moberly First Nations Health Care Centre at both events. As well, at the Prince George outreach event, University of Northern British Columbia instructor Guido Wimmers talked about the university’s new Passive House lab building, while Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman spoke at the event in her city. Many questions were asked about Passive House, and lively discussions ensued.


Passive House Café in Fort St. John took place in the Fort St. John Passive House.

Many thanks to the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the West Moberly First Nation, the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George, and the City of Fort St. John for helping bring Passive House outreach and training to the region. The Real Estate Foundation of BC is subsidizing these courses for northern B.C. residents.

A similar event series is being planned for the Smithers area in the new year.

Dozens of Passive House buildings are currently in design or construction in British Columbia. Passive House projects in northeastern B.C. include the Fort St. John Passive House, the Doig River Community Church, and the West Moberly First Nations Health Station. In addition, multiple high-performance buildings are being planned to provide rental and subsidized housing units in the Fraser–Fort George Region.