Phased-in performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for buildings are setting the course towards better buildings in the City of Toronto and municipalities across B.C. Local governments influence the building design and construction practice through municipal bylaws, zoning requirements and policy. Many municipalities have a history of encouraging energy efficiency in new construction that goes beyond provincial building codes.
In two regions in Canada, local governments are working with phased-in incremental building standards that aim to make high-performing energy-efficient Passive House-style buildings the norm by the early 2030s.
By Rob Bernhardt, CEO
BC Building Code box ice, on right, lost about 40 per cent more volume during Ice Box Challenge than the Passive House box ice.
When our members Shaun St-Amour and Chris Hill opened the Ice Box Challenge ice boxes on Vancouver’s Olympic Village Square on August 14, they revealed how high-performance design and construction yields energy-efficient benefits even during a summer heatwave.
“What’s good for the environment is good for people,” says the Hon. George Heyman, B.C.’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Speaking to reporters, Passive House supporters, and members of the public at the July 27 launch of Passive House Canada’s Ice Box Challenge, Heyman says he had seen a demonstration of the Passive House Standard and recognizes the benefits it provides.
Passive House Canada invites members from Vancouver and beyond to help launch Canada’s first-ever Ice Box Challenge. The kick-off to this science demonstration and contest takes place at noon, July 27, in Vancouver’s Olympic Village Square.
It takes a community to build a Passive House. It also takes a community to build a community of high-performance buildings.
Modeled on similar events held recently in Europe, Ice Box Challenge is run by Passive House Canada, with support from the City of Vancouver, Vancity, and members of the local construction industry. Passive House Canada and the rest of the Ice Box Challenge team thank the many individuals and businesses who volunteered time, donated supplies, materials and space, and contributed expertise and enthusiasm to making Ice Box Challenge happen.
We are seeking Passive House-certified tradespeople, or those interested in learning more, to help construct two structures for this summer’s Ice Box Challenge in Vancouver. Our goal is to create a diverse team from companies who are already building passive houses within the Greater Vancouver area.
The City of Vancouver invited Passive House Canada to coordinate the Ice Box Challenge. Inspired by similar events in Europe, the challenge requires the design and construction of two small structures, to be placed in a public Vancouver space to create awareness and demonstrate the benefits of high-performance buildings.