Books

Passive House Buildings in Canada: Transforming How We Build

Passive House Buildings in Canada: Transforming How We Build Passive House has taken root in Canada!  Passive House Buildings in Canada: Transforming How We Build showcases more than 50 outstanding projects of every type and size. From British Columbia to Nova Scotia designers, builders, and consultants are relying on the Passive...

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 Canada for the community to rely on; an emerging policy environment that was ready to drive...

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 buildings at scale. We are a trusted advisor that connects industry to solutions, increases capacity, and...

Building the Pathway to Net Zero Ready

Building the Pathway to Net Zero Ready ZGF Architects is a design firm with an intentionally diverse portfolio that includes health care and research facilities, academic buildings, mixed-use developments, corporate campuses, museums, transportation facilities, and ecodistricts. A practice with more than 700 professionals and offices in Vancouver, British Columbia; Portland,...

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 than conventional buildings, and applicable to almost any building type or design, the Passive House high-performance...

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 of this world-class building standard throughout North America. Peel Passive House Consulting works with developers, architects,...

The Living Libations Headquarters

The Living Libations Headquarters Haliburton, Ontario Nestled on a south-facing hillside overlooking rolling hills of Ontario boreal forest, the Living Libations headquarters is a gleaming example of what Passive House design consultation and today’s innovative building methods can achieve. The four-level 1,974-m2 production lab and office facility starts from a...

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: a showroom, a repair shop, and a car drop-off zone. Each of these zones presented a...

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 experience, collaboration consistently yields more-successful results than does individual work. This design approach is so central...

Passive Auto Dealership—Cover Architectural Collective

Passive Auto Dealership—Cover Architectural Collective 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: a showroom, a repair shop, and a car drop-off zone. Each of these zones presented a...

Waymark Architecture

Waymark Architecture Architects Graeme Verhulst and Will King have lofty ambitions when it comes to interweaving sustainability and high-performance goals into their project deliverables. To turn these ambitions into actions and then into buildings, Verhulst and King teamed up in 2015 to form Waymark Architecture, based in Victoria, British Columbia....

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, and of course, reasonable construction costs. Many of the employees have been there for 20 years...

Tantrum Urban Commercial Infill

Tantrum Urban Commercial Infill Revelstoke, British Columbia The Tantrum building is a commercial infill Passive House project that will demonstrate the benefits of exceeding design and code minimums in what is typically an overlooked building typology. The narrow 7.6-metre by 39.5-metre site sits in Revelstoke’s downtown core amidst heritage-era low-rise...

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 buildings that delight and enhance user experience. It is no surprise, therefore, that when one of...

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 leadership development while also providing housing options and shelters. Kearns Mancini Architects (KMAI) envisioned synergies between...

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 practice, to be able to focus their work on sustainable design. Staff experience encompasses designing commercial,...

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, and working adults. The building will include underground parking. The project is striving to meet Passive...

Nigel Valley

Nigel Valley Victoria, British Columbia The Nigel Valley project consists of a series of buildings on a 9-acre parcel owned by five housing and care operators. Many of these buildings require significant renovations, and the operators recognized that together they could realize a more-cohesive neighbourhood plan than they could do...

David Hill House

David Hill House Collingwood, Ontario Amid the forested hills of the Pretty River Valley southwest of Collingwood, Ontario, a 230-m2 two-storey Passive House emerges that blends the old with the new. Prior to construction, the site housed a 150-year-old pioneer cedar-log house. The owners, David and Peggy Hill, have used...

Ken Soble Tower

Ken Soble Tower Hamilton, Ontario The Ken Soble Tower Transformation is a ground-breaking project to modernize a postwar apartment tower to the EnerPHit standard—one of the first such retrofits in North America. The building’s rehabilitation will modernize 146 units of affordable senior housing, while reinvigorating community spaces and outdoor gathering...

Parkdale Landing EnerPHit

Parkdale Landing EnerPHit Hamilton, Ontario Indwell, a Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities for people seeking health, wellness, and belonging, bought a deteriorating building in East Hamilton with the goal of creating affordable apartments with support services and a community hub. The site was first developed in the 1880s...

Putting Faith into Action

Putting Faith into Action Hamilton, Ontario When Hughson Street Baptist Church was founded in 1883, it was in the heart of Hamilton’s blue-collar industrial neighbourhoods. Over 130 years, the church met the needs of its community with spiritual and practical assistance. In recent years, Hamilton has experienced a cultural and...

One Homeowner’s Experience

One Homeowner’s Experience Passive House Canada’s Sacha Sauvé talks with Carolyn Gisborne, who lives in a Passive House building on Vancouver Island. SS: How did you first hear about Passive House? CG: I first heard of Passive House when I was working as housing policy analyst in Victoria on British...

Passive House Temperance Street

Passive House Temperance Street Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Temperance Street Passive House enjoys the merit of being the first building in Saskatchewan that was certified as a Passive House Plus by the PHI. The three-storey duplex was designed and built in 2016 by Robin Adair of the green builder inc. for homeowners...

Capilano Passive House

Capilano Passive House North Vancouver, British Columbia This West Coast modern Passive House surrounds and frames a south‐facing courtyard garden by way of large sliding patio doors and carefully located windows that create an intimate relationship between the interior and exterior spaces. The south courtyard features generous seating areas, a...

Multigenerational Passive House

Multigenerational Passive House Langley, British Columbia At first glance, the 485-m2 house on a quiet countryside road in Langley appears to be like any other. The charming modern farmhouse is a simple two-storey rectangle with a welcoming wraparound porch. But upon closer inspection, it is obvious that the house is...

WestBay Passive House

WestBay Passive House West Vancouver, British Columbia This revolutionary Passive House home by BattersbyHowat Architects combines contemporary West Coast architecture with an innovative mechanical system and a PV array to achieve a beautiful, passive, net zero energy home. Completed in March 2019, the home is occupied by James Dean, his...

Soo Valley Prefabricated Housing

Soo Valley Prefabricated Housing Soo Valley, British Columbia The Soo Valley Prefabricated Housing project began with a vision to accelerate the availability of low-carbon housing. Intended for a remote site within the traditional territories of the Lil’wat and Squamish Nations, yet not far from the ski resort of Whistler, the...

Princess Avenue EnerPHIT

Princess Avenue EnerPHIT North Vancouver, British Columbia Builder Nino Giangrande of Grande Pacific Homes started this project as a straightforward renovation using the current building code as a guide. Once construction started, he decided to take the Passive House training and certify as a Passive House Consultant. After completing the course...

Colwood Passive House Plus

Colwood Passive House Plus North Vancouver, British Columbia This intergenerational residence features a combination of concrete, mass timber, and wood frame construction. The elegant design by Randy Bens Architects not only excels architecturally but effortlessly incorporates key Passive House principles like external shading and thermal-bridge-free detailing. A 6.72-kW PV system,...