Fall 2018 Editorial

As Trump continues to gut environmental policies and Trudeau supports massive new oil pipelines to carry tar sands crude, at least we can take heart from the locales that are incentivizing or requiring Passive House performance.

Passive House Canada: Transforming How We Build

Passive House Canada: Transforming How We Build Just a few short years ago, it seemed that very few people understood the solutions Passive House professionals were offering the community. With few high-performance resources in...

Zero Emissions Building Exchange

Zero Emissions Building Exchange The Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) is a collaborative platform and a catalyst for market transformation in buildings. Our mission is to accelerate the implementation of attractive and exemplary zero-emissions...

Five Principles of Passive House Design and Construction

Five Principles of Passive House Design and Construction  Passive House is considered the most rigorous voluntary energy-based standard in the design and construction industry today. Consuming up to 90% less heating and cooling energy...

Peel Passive House Consulting

Peel Passive House Consulting  Peel Passive House Consulting was founded to support the development of the Passive House building standard in Canada and internationally. The firm’s vision is rooted in fostering the mainstream adoption...

Exterior of Scott Subaru Dealership

Passive Auto Dealership—Peel Passive Consulting

Passive Auto Dealership—Peel Passive Consulting Red Deer, Alberta The world’s first Passive House car dealership is opening its doors in Red Deer, Alberta. The new Scott Subaru dealership building is divided into three zones:...

Cover Architectural Collaborative

Cover Architectural Collaborative Cover Architectural Collaborative, Incorporated, was created by three design professionals from Nelson, British Columbia. The principals are passionate about collective thinking, collaborative design, responsible use of resources, and accountability. In their...

Charter Telecom National Headquarters

Charter Telecom National Headquarters Langford, British Columbia When developing a new, roughly 1,500-m2 office building to house its growing staff, Charter Telecom enumerated several priorities: occupant comfort, a high-quality work environment, low operating costs,...

Kearns Mancini Architects

Kearns Mancini Architects Kearns Mancini Architects Incorporated (KMAI) is an award-winning architectural practice based in Toronto, composed of around 30 design professionals. Since its inception in 1984 KMAI has striven to deliver environmentally friendly...

YWCA Housing and Community Centre

YWCA Housing and Community Centre Hamilton, Ontario The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Hamilton aims to transform the lives of marginalized and disadvantaged women. It provides services in the areas of employment support and...

Cascadia Architects

Cascadia Architects Led by principal architects Peter Johannknecht and Gregory Damant, Cascadia Architects is a 12-person firm based in Victoria. Johannknecht and Damant joined forces in 2012, after a combined 40 years of architectural...

Goldstream Avenue

Goldstream Avenue Victoria, British Columbia Owned and operated by the Greater Victoria Housing Society, this six-storey wood-frame building will be providing 102 affordable housing units plus supporting space to low- to moderate-income families, seniors,...

Blossom Park

Blossom Park Woodstock, Ontario Providing people with safe, comfortable, and affordable housing is the primary mission of Indwell, a Christian charity that has committed to incorporating Passive House principles into its developments. As the...

Karen’s House

Karen’s House Ottawa, Ontario The four-storey, 42-unit Karen’s House, also known as Salus Clementine, represents the highest quality in affordable housing, having met the international Passive House standard. Designed to serve people living with...

Integral Group

Integral Group Integral Group was founded by Kevin Hydes in 1992 with three values in mind: trust, nurture, and inspire. Now a firm of over 500 employees, with locations worldwide, its mission has evolved...

Clayton Community Centre

Clayton Community Centre Surrey, British Columbia With its proven energy performance outcomes, Passive House certification was a natural choice for the Clayton Community Centre. Scott Groves, manager of civic facilities with the city of...

Valleyview Town Hall

Valleyview Town Hall  Valleyview, Alberta Completed in the summer of 2018, Alberta’s Valleyview Town Hall is the result of extensive collaboration among the municipality, the contractor, and a skilled team of designers and consultants,...

McGill University’s School of Environment

McGill University’s School of Environment Montreal, Quebec The 134-year-old, four-storey, historic masonry building currently housing McGill University’s School of Environment was long due for a renovation. Setting an ambitious goal, the university is targeting...

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Scarborough, Ontario The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) recognizes the Passive House standard as the future of sustainable architectural design and is aiming to enhance student experience by collaborating...

University of Victoria Student Housing and Dining

University of Victoria Student Housing and Dining Victoria, British Columbia Designed by the architectural firm Perkins+Will, the University of Victoria’s two new student housing buildings will feature accommodations for 783 graduate and undergraduate students,...

Cornerstone Architecture

Cornerstone Architecture  Cornerstone Architecture has embraced the Passive House standard as a strategy for increasing occupant comfort and health and reducing energy demand in buildings—a strategy that is predictable, and largely independent of occupant...

The Heights

The Heights Vancouver, British Columbia When Scott Kennedy, principal of Cornerstone Architecture, was persuading the developer of The Heights, a mixed-use six-storey building, to build it to meet the Passive House standard, Passive House...

TarsemHaus Townhouses

TarsemHaus Townhouses Squamish, British Columbia TarsemHaus, an eight-unit townhouse development, makes a striking ecological statement from its Passive House goals to its clustered design that enhances social connection and small-community character. Squamish, a former...

Radiance Cohousing

Radiance Cohousing Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Radiance Cohousing is a nine-unit cohousing complex made up of two buildings—one with four and one with five units—that face onto a common courtyard and garden. The project was initiated...

Aging-in-Place Triplex

Aging-in-Place Triplex Nakusp, British Columbia The Bell Passive House in Nakusp is a residential triplex town home, designed to facilitate aging in place. Each unit is 112 square metres on two floors. The self-contained...

Cottonwood Passive House

Cottonwood Passive House Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta The Cottonwood Passive House sits on a sloping site, enjoying views toward the North Saskatchewan River valley. Designed as a retirement home for an Alberta couple, the house...

MIZA Architects

MIZA Architects MIZA Architects was cofounded in 2015 by Michael Wartman and David Zeibin. Cultivating a holistic approach to architecture, MIZA brings expertise in high-performance buildings to every project, while also consciously weaving in...

Lai Residence

Lai Residence Vancouver, British Columbia VictorEric Premium Homes was approached to build a French Chateau-style family home on a prominent corner lot in Vancouver’s Westside neighbourhood. The clients were generally interested in high performance...

Blindheim

Blindheim Vancouver, British Columbia Built in 1932, the original home had been cut up and rented as student housing for many years. The new owner engaged Ian Robertson of ABBARCH Architecture to transform the...

Fung Roberts House

Fung Roberts House North Vancouver, British Columbia Having lived in the original 1912 Craftsman bungalow since 1992, the owners wanted to preserve their home’s heritage history while significantly upgrading its performance and functionality. This...

Montréal Retrofit Classic

Montréal Retrofit Classic Montréal, Quebec In this modern house on a quiet street in Montréal, the red front door beckons. Stepping inside, light from the large, south-southwest-facing windows draws visitors into the combined living...