Tag: high-performance buildings

Advancing market transformation, one step at a time.

As many of us shift from summer mode, ramping up for a busy fall season, let’s take a minute to look towards the future.  Canada has come a long way in a relatively short time developing a vision of what buildings should be.  While the concept of high performance buildings becoming the norm is only emerging in most circles, it is well defined in Build Smart: Canada’s Buildings Strategy.

And though the roll out of the strategy may seem frustratingly slow to those of us delivering high performance buildings today, the direction is clear. To advance Canada’s future vision of buildings, we have been working hard to partner with government bodies and industry leaders like you.

Before the release of Canada’s Buildings Strategy, we were deeply involved in the development of the UN Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Buildings.  Currently those guidelines are emerging as a global reference that also aligns well with Build Smart.  Our work continues as we work in conjunction with the Passive House Institute and other international agencies to implement the Framework Guidelines in regions across the globe.

Our goal is to develop a globally recognized level of performance that buildings should achieve to address climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which also address issues such as affordability, quality of life, and building resiliency.

These goals are supported by buildings achieving the Passive House standard and the pursuit of this strategy creates the opportunity to chart a new path for Passive House performance levels, enabling those design and construction practices to become mainstream.  In addition to directly benefiting from global knowledge and policy development, Canada has the true potential to be a global leader in the quest to deliver buildings that are better for people and the planet.

To reflect the work that the Canadian Passive House community, your community, has been doing, we decided to align our conference with the conferences of the national and global leaders with whom we have been Partnering for Transformation.

Attending our conference in November will give you an opportunity to connect with the global community of leading building scientists and policy makers addressing building performance and climate change.   It is an exciting time to be working with industry and government partners developing the shared vision outlined in Build Smart, a process you can connect with, and benefit from, regardless of where you live.

We encourage you to register to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from, and meet, those responsible for accelerating market transformation in Canada and internationally, in addition to learning from some of the industry’s top design and construction professionals. We look forward to staying in touch over the next several weeks as we continue to prepare for our conference and AGM.

Thank you for being part of this incredible community, for supporting Passive House Canada, and for all that you do in your day-to-day work to advance the transformation of Canada’s built environment. Together we have accomplished so much, which we could not have done without you.

Sincerely,

Rob Bernhardt
CEO, Passive House Canada

 

 

 


Passive House Canada and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange join international powers to drive global adoption of performance-based codes for buildings.

 

On July 10, 2018 Passive House Canada and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx), participated in the UNECE High Performance Building Initiative at UN Headquarters in New York to establish the International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings. Also present were the UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, the City of Vancouver, representatives from Ireland, Penn State University and the North American Passive House Network.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, or UNECE, is one of the five United Nations Regional Commissions working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2017 UNECE adopted the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings which promotes the adoption of aggressive, performance-based codes for buildings.

To support deployment of the Framework Guidelines and to advance the performance of buildings broadly, UNECE is launching a global network of International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings that will provide on-the-ground implementation assistance for building owners and developers, contractors, architects, engineers and planning officials.


Save the Date for the Passive House Canada conference! November 7-8

Passive House Canada is thrilled to invite you to join us from November 7 – 8, 2018 for the Passive House Canada Conference! The conference call for speakers received over 100 submissions by Passive House Professionals across Canada in and Europe.

We look forward to announcing the conference’s preliminary program in the first week of July.

Passive House Canada is collaborating with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Canadian Wood Council, which will be holding annual conferences alongside ours in the same facility. The week’s conference events are aligned by a focus on the emerging market transformation within the building and forestry industries and the overlaps and intersections in trends and opportunities these industries are experiencing.

The conference is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate and learn how, in relation to buildings, the UN can achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, Canada can meet its Paris Commitments and achieve the goals identified in the Pan Canadian Framework, Build Smart and the Greening Government Strategy, moving forward on Net Zero Ready buildings.

Passive House Canada’s program takes place on November 7 and 8, and complements the UNECE program, which begins November 5, and Wood Council’s program, scheduled for November 6. Conference-related tours are scheduled for November 9, including tours of Vancouver-area Passive House buildings.

For more information on the conference website visit https://conference.passivehousecanada.com/

For opportunities to be a conference sponsor, or to be part of our Solutions Centre please visit: https://conference.passivehousecanada.com/sponsorship-kit/


March is Passive House month in Edmonton

 

Between speaking to representatives from cities around the world, presenting our Building Enclosures course to local industry, and presenting the latest policy and technical developments in cold-climate high-performance building, Passive House Canada will be spending much of March in Edmonton.


Special offer on Nanaimo Building Enclosures Master Class

Thanks to generous support from our partner, the Regional District of Nanaimo, we’re offering special discounted rates on this winter’s building enclosures master class in Nanaimo.

Residents of the regional district who register for 200: Building Enclosures for High-Performance Buildings pay only $100, while course participants from outside the Regional District of Nanaimo pay just $150—down from $275.


Partnership brings high-performance building education to northeastern B.C.

VICTORIA – A partnership between industry groups, municipalities and First Nations is bringing outreach and education about high-performance buildings to northeastern B.C. communities.

Passive House Canada, the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., the City of Fort St. John, the West Moberly First Nations, and the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George have joined forces to provide courses and events for the public and construction industry about the Passive House high-performance building standard to northeastern B.C. communities.


Seminar series @ BUILDEX Calgary explores the latest developments in Passive House

For Immediate Release                            

November 1, 2017

VICTORIA – Passive House Canada and members of Alberta’s construction community present the latest developments in high-performance buildings at BUILDEX Calgary, November 8–9.

Designers, builders and high-performance building experts present their findings and experiences in working on Passive House projects, from the first Passive House buildings in Calgary to northern-climate institutional buildings, affordable housing and modular construction.


Heartfelt thanks to Ice Box Challenge supporters and contributors

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.