National Summits on Big Issues

National Summit on Passive House

National Summit on Passive House

The Passive House Approach: An Evolution in Sustainable Living

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 201 C
Price: $140
IDCEC # SE-10418-241; OAA Continuing Education
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Over the past 30 years, several competing rating systems have influenced—and noticeably improved—building efficiency and sustainability. The Passive House Standard, developed by the Passive House Institute in Germany, is an approach to design that has matured the construction industry in Canada. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials have used the Passive House Standard to deliver high-performance buildings in a competitive marketplace. But what exactly is a Passive House?

This summit will examine this high-performance building standard, the only internationally-recognized and science-based energy standard in construction. Passive House buildings consume up to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings. This summit will delve into the key principles of Passive House design, including airtight building envelopes, passive heating/cooling, ventilation, minimal mechanical systems, certified products, and affordability. This summit has being coordinated by Passive House Canada, the national non-profit professional association advocating for the Passive House high-performance building standard.   

Panel Discussion: What is the Next Generation of High-Performance Buildings?      

How far has the building industry really come in its innovations towards sustainability over the years? Holistic, well-rounded, sustainable design is about common sense and simplicity. This panel will explore the concepts, challenges and recent developments of high-performance design and illustrate how these ultra efficient, affordable, and healthy buildings can transform our built environment.

Alan Murphy, Green Reason

Niall Byrne, Integral Group

Jonathan Kearns, Kearns Mancini Architects

Wells Baker, Minto Group Inc.

10:30-11:00am   Break    

A Key Aspect of "High-Performance" Design

The design and construction of high performance buildings, driven by updated Building & Energy Codes, and energy efficient building programs such as Passive House and LEED is becoming increasingly popular across Canada.  As a result, the construction industry is starting to see many new and innovative pre-fabricated and site-built building enclosures being incorporated into the full spectrum of building types. This session will cover the considerations, options and lessons from the field when designing ultra-efficient airtight enclosures, as they relate to some notable Passive House projects. 

Graham Finch, RDH Building Science

As a supplement to the National Summit on Passive House, the following courses taught by Passive House Canada experts will be offered at IIDEXCanada 2016:

Wednesday, November 30                                                         

Passive House Design: An Introduction
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The Passive House standard is starting to disrupt in the Canadian construction industry. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials alike are all turning to the standard to deliver high-performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. But what exactly is a Passive House? This seminar will explore the fundamental principles and practices behind the world's leading high-performance building standard.

Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting     

Thursday, December 1

Passive House Design  Build: Lessons Learned by a Passive House Practitioner
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This presentation will overview the general principles of Passive House design with specific  reference on the innovative elements of 2200 sqft Waters Passive House built in Innisfil Ontario in 2015/16, Constructed with high insulation levels; R50 foundation, R 65 walls, R85 ceilings and one of the lowest infiltration rates  recorded in Ontario at .4 Ach50 or an ELA of 49 cm2 the house was able to achieve a heat loss of less than 10,000 BTU and only uses a 2kw post heater on the ERV to keep the house warm during the winter.  With the use of a 5kw Photovoltaic system the house generates enough revenue to pay for the electricity to run the house. This presentation with explore the innovative insulated raft foundation and OSB vapour retarder, double wall construction, and the high-efficiency ERV all which have contributed to the success of the house.

Alex Waters

Urban Deep Energy Retrofit - Applying Passive House Principles
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In 2014 Greening Homes completed the transformation of a post­war bungalow into a highly-­efficient two­-storey home in Toronto with excellent indoor environmental quality. Passive House building principles were employed to achieve the super-low space conditioning requirements and exemplary occupant comfort and health. The project won an award in "Innovation in Sustainability" from the Toronto Chapter of the CAGBC and a Canadian Green Building Award from the CAGBC and SAB Magazine. The project goals were delivered through meticulous planning and detailing coupled with innovative building materials and best-practices construction methods. Some of the features of the project included: high levels of insulation, thermal bridge­free and airtight construction, high-performance windows optimized for desirable solar gain, mechanical ventilation with energy recovery, radiant ceilings, daylighting, natural cross-ventilation, natural finishes, and many more.

Stephen Gray, Greening Homes Ltd                     

Presenting Sponsor

Please also visit the Passive House Pavilion at IIDEXCanada, Booth #4319 for more information .

Summit Sponsors

 Fox Blocks                 Ventacity Systems            

Passive House Pavilion

Gold Pavilion Sponsor

 Fenster Studio                                                

Silver Pavilion Sponsor

Green Giant Design+Build          Zehnder

Bronze Pavilion Sponsor

475 High Performance Building Supply               Evolve Builders Group Inc            Van Osch Building


 Colbourne & Kemble Architects         Coolearth Architecture    Demilec     

Legalett         Pinwheel          Ventacity Systems 

Show Partners
Altro Floor and Walls Bolyu Gesco Ontario Wood Upper Canada Forest Products