Report from the North American Passive House Network Conference 2017

The NAPHN17 conference wrapped up on Sunday after five days of workshops, seminars and project tours.

Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary General of the UN addressed delegates via video, as did Michael Moller, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva. She announced plans for a global network of UN centres of building excellence, including the Vancouver Centre of Excellence. Scott Foster, Director of the Sustainable Energy Division of the UNECE provided the keynote address.

The announcements by the UN at the conference are the culmination of work Passive House Canada and NAPHN have been doing over the past two years to develop these concepts and represents a milestone in global building policy development. Our CEO, Rob Bernhardt, chaired a roundtable for policy makers on Friday afternoon while technical presentations took place in the conference rooms.

The full two-day program attracted renowned speakers from across North America and around the world, including good representation from Canada. Participants were treated to workshops at and a tour of Lawrence Berkley Labs where federal building testing standards are often developed. The conference wrapped up with project tours on Sunday after a lively social evening Saturday. (Photos coming soon!)