Passive House Canada


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To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff. Details on how to submit credits are specified on forms.

Seminar Streams:

  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Health & Wellness
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Property Management
  • Business & Strategic Planning
  • Urban & Community Planning

WEDNESDAY PASSIVE HOUSE CANADA SESSIONS

Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:30am–10:00am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

W04 – Passive House Primer

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

The Passive House standard is starting to alter 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. This seminar will explore the fundamental principles and practices behind Passive House, the world's leading high performance building standard, and reveal how it's spreading across BC and beyond.

Shaun St. Amour

Speaker:
Shaun St. Amour, CEO, Footprint Sustainable Housing Corporation

Shaun is the CEO of Footprint Sustainable Housing Corporation, a sustainable housing company. He develops, constructs, and manufactures e-habs; the most energy-efficient, healthy, affordable, beautiful and sustainable homes to tomorrow’s standards. Shaun graduated from The University of British Columbia with a degree in Wood Products Processing. He is a certified Passive House Tradesperson.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

W16 – Standardizing Construction and Approach for Passive House Projects in the Fast-Growing Region of Vancouver

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

How can Passive House buildings become more efficient and still be affordable? A question that two local Passive House design-build firms teamed up to answer. Four projects form a case study that moves from design considerations to construction optimization and looks at the overall financial and process economics. Their ‘lessons learned’ are then formulated into concepts for new market rate projects.

Lucio Picciano

Marcel Studer

Speakers:
Lucio Picciano, DLP Architecture Inc.
Marcel Studer, Econ Group

Lucio Picciano is the owner of DLP Architecture Inc since 2006. He received his professional degree in architecture from the University of Toronto and has studied in Italy, Mexico, and Chicago. He designed and built the first certified passive house in the city of Vancouver and has 10 more projects in the design and construction stages. Lucio’s firm provides architectural, building envelope, passive house consultation, and building services. The office focuses on contemporary design strategies that blend energy efficiency with cost effective construction practices - Industry accessible modern design.

Marcel Studer is a principal of Econ Group Ltd, a Vancouver based design-built construction company, he holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland). Marcel has lived and worked in Canada for the last 16 years in his capacity as a designer, builder and as a teacher of the Passive House Designer and Trades Person Course. Since 2006 Marcel has been involved in various local PH projects covering design and construction while increasing his skills and knowledge in the fields of energy efficiency, building science and construction technology. Marcel has been a board-member of Passive House Canada since October 2014 holding the treasurer position.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

W26 – Multifamily Ventilation: From Design, Installation and Commissioning

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

This session contrasts two different approaches to ventilating two 50+ unit Passive House buildings currently in construction in Vancouver BC: The Heights (85 units using semi distributed HRVs and risers), and Brixton Flats (56 units using primarily HRV’s in every suite). The presentation considers the challenges and benefits of using individual HRV's (heat recovery ventilators) in each unit versus a semi distributed approach of mid-sized HRV's over risers.

Albert Rooks

Speaker:
Albert Rooks, Small Planet Supply

Albert Rooks has worked to establish and strengthen the Passive House Standard in North America. In 2010, he founded Small Planet Supply Inc., a company that imports and distributes passive house components. The company currently has branch offices in Tumwater, WA and Vancouver BC. In 2015, he co-founded CertiPhiers Cooperative with Tad Everhart. CertiPhiers is an internationally accredited building certification company that verifies projects are built to the International Passive House Standard.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

W37 – Building The Future: Solutions, Innovations, and Technologies for Low-Energy Buildings

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

The number of low-energy buildings is growing rapidly in BC and across Canada, with numerous exciting Passive House and Net Zero Energy buildings complete, and even more in construction. This session will draw from several case studies to showcase innovative and practical solutions to achieve low-energy buildings, providing a road map and lessons learned for future buildings. Projects presented will include a number of Passive House and Net Zero Energy buildings from BC and Canada that are complete or in construction.

Brittany Coughlin

Speaker:
Brittany Coughlin, Associate, Energy + Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science

Brittany Coughlin is a professional engineer with over 10 years’ experience in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Her work comprises a wide range of projects including Passive House, new and existing building energy studies, energy efficiency research, and policy and program consulting. Brittany is an ASHRAE Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), a Passive House Certifier, and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). She has presented at conferences across North America on a variety of topics related to energy consumption and conservation in buildings.

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THURSDAY PASSIVE HOUSE CANADA SESSIONS

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–10:00am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T06 – Passive House – PER-fect Buildings

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

What the heck is Primary Energy Renewable (PER) in the Passive House standard, and how can my building achieve it? This seminar will take you through the basics of the PER factor in PHPPv9, as we well provide some tips and examples of common mistakes you can avoid so that your buildings can be "PER-fect"!

Eesmyal Santos-Brault

Speaker:
Eesmyal Santos-Brault, CEO, Recollective

Eesmyal is an entrepreneur with a mission to invent solutions to wicked problems through technology and social innovation.  He has cofounded three non-profit social enterprises that focus on social innovation, collaborative technology, and civic engagement: HiVE Vancouver Society, Open Green Building Society, and Vancouver Design Nerds Society. He is also cofounder of a locative media company (GBAT Technologies Inc) that produces audio tours for buildings, a software company (Regenerative Applications Inc) that produces web applications for accelerating the impact of green building practitioners, and a B-Corp certified consulting company (Recollective Consulting Inc) that facilitates the design and construction of some of the greenest buildings in Canada.

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Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T15 – Multi-Family Passive House Developments in Cold Climates: Independent Living Facility

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs ]

This presentation will introduce a 19 unit multi-family Independent Living Facility Passive House development in Smithers BC, located in climate zone 2. It will explore the challenges faced, the solutions sought and the differences compared to our design approach for milder climate zone 5 projects.

A summary of the following Passive House design strategies will be provided:

  • Orientation, space planning and solar design
  • Suite design and layout 
  • Ventilation strategy (semi-central), HRV type, duct distribution & freeze protection 
  • Heating & heat pump hot water with electric backup, cooling & shading 
  • Thermal envelope, construction assemblies and R-Values, construction sequencing 
  • Air barrier design, implementation & sequencing

Brittany Coughlin

Gwill Symons

Speakers:
Brittany Coughlin, Associate, Energy + Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science
Gwill Symons, BSc, BArch, PGDip, ARB (UK), CPHD, Cornerstone Architecture

Brittany Coughlin is a professional engineer with over 10 years’ experience in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Her work comprises a wide range of projects including Passive House, new and existing building energy studies, energy efficiency research, and policy and program consulting. Brittany is an ASHRAE Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), a Passive House Certifier, and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). She has presented at conferences across North America on a variety of topics related to energy consumption and conservation in buildings.

Gwill Symons studied architecture at the University of Wales, Cardiff obtaining his BSc and BA before completing his architectural studies and obtaining his diploma in professional practice in architecture at the University of Westminster in London.

Gwill worked in London for 6 years, across a variety of project types from schools and large scale commercial projects to residential new builds and renovations. Before moving to Vancouver Gwill was a Director of an architectural firm, leading a small team on predominantly residential and commercial renovations.

Since joining Cornerstone 6 years ago Gwill has worked on a variety of mixed-use multi family and commercial wood frame projects. He obtained his certification as a Passive House Designer in 2015 and has been working on a pioneering cold climate 19 unit affordable housing Passive House project for BC Housing in Smithers BC and a 50 unit mixed-use multifamily Passive House development in New Westminster along with other multi-family Passive House feasibility studies on Vancouver.

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Thursday, Feb. 15 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T26 – How Can Your Ventilation System Help with Your Air Conditioning Load

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

This seminar will discuss how to utilize the DOAS system to help manage dehumidification and cooling in Passive House projects in the summer. This includes the practical amount of cooling and dehumidifying effect that can be delivered, the impact to energy budgets and how to tie the DOAS system into common cooling platforms (i.e VRF). Various buildings types will be discussed including offices, mixed use, and multi-family.

Hugh Crowther

Speaker:
Hugh Crowther, VP Engineering, Swegon

Hugh has over 25 years’ experience in the application, design and commissioning of applied HVAC systems and is an expert on large HVAC system design, high performance buildings and sustainable buildings. He has lectured on system design all over the world. Hugh is a Professional Engineer (Ontario, Canada) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University. Hugh is an ASHRAE Member. Hugh has twice been on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He has held multiple positions within the Society in areas of Technology and Standards. Hugh has written articles for the ASHRAE Journal, High Performance Buildings, HPAC Engineering and Engineered Systems as well as numerous application guides on a wide range of HVAC topics.

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Thursday, Feb. 15 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T34 – Passive House – Tunneling Through the Cost Barrier

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Achieving high performance buildings and constructing sustainably is an emerging trend, particularly in Vancouver, which is targeting to become the greenest City in the world by 2020 and is working towards having zero emissions buildings by 2030. There is positive momentum in both in the public and private sector, supported by a strong network of green builders and designers, to build sustainably. However, the key question always arises as to ‘what will it cost’ — the bottom line more often than not often takes precedence over social consciousness. This session will address the significance and the economics of Passive House design, knowledge gaps in costing key components/considerations in Passive House design and how the business case is established by considering both initial capital costs and long term costs.

Angela Lai

Speaker:
Angela Lai, Partner, Core Two

Angela is a Partner with Core Two, a construction and property cost consultancy based in Vancouver, BC. Her over 17 years' experience as a quantity surveyor in the construction and development industry spans South Africa, the UK and Canada. She is a Fellow with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a professional member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), and is a past Director of the CIQS National Board. Angela's experience is diverse in the quantity surveying field having worked as both as a cost manager, a management consultant (specializing in life cycle costing and costing in sustainability) and a loan monitor. Angela also teaches part-time at BCIT, is a Chair of Assessors for the RICS, and acts as a supervisor/counsellor to quantity surveying candidates. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying and a Master of Science degree in Building specializing in Property Development and Management, and is also a LEED qualified professional in the Operations and Maintenance specialty (LEED AP O+M). Angela’s focus in Passive House design is on the economics of high performance buildings and supporting clients in making the link between environmental choices and the financial impact of those choices.

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