Passive House Canada

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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Performance
  • Culture & Community
  • Green
  • Health & Wellness
  • Innovation & Technology
  • Leadership & Business Improvement
  • Project Management & Process Improvement


Wednesday, February 13 • 8:30am–10:00am • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W07 – Passive House Primer

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

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.

Yael Stav

Dominic Sy

Yael Stav, Principal, Invivo Design
Dominic Sy, Dsy Designs Ltd.

Dr. Yael Stav is a Sustainability Consultant with experience from Australia, Israel and Canada. She is a LEED Green Associate and a Certified Passive House Consultant, with a PhD in Sustainable Design. Yael's domain expertise include Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture and sustainability education. She is passionate about the Passive House standard and believes it to be a key stepping stone to urban sustainability.

Dominic Sy is a registered Architect in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is certified Passive House Tradesperson and recently completed a certified Passive House project. He has over 10 years of eclectic architectural experience ranging from small infrastructure projects to multi-phase mixed-used residential / commercial developments. Dominic is passionate about the Passive House Standard because he is convinced it is the best step towards a sustainable built environment.


Wednesday, February 13 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W46 – Quality Assured Passive House Process in Canada

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

This session looks to review and identify how a quality assured Passive House process is developing in Canada with particular reference to Part 3 buildings. The presenters will review and debate how their design management and construction management processes are changing to deliver certified Passive House projects. In particular, the impact on traditional project resource models, coordination and quality assurance requirements are evaluated with suggestions for further refinements.

Cillian Collins

Adam James

Morgan McDonald

Cillian Collins, Senior Architect, Perkins + Will
Adam James, Architect AIBC RIBA, Principal, Ryder Architecture
Morgan McDonald, Ledcor

Cillian is a Certified Passive House Designer and has worked on Passive House projects in Canada and Ireland. He is Chair of Passive House Canada Education Committee and plays a key role in curriculum development, teaching and advocating for the Passive House standard in Canada. Cillian is conducting research on the impact of pursuing the Passive House standard on the design process and providing guidance to project architects and project managers on what needs to be accounted for from conceptual design through tender and beyond to post occupancy.

Adam James is a Principal of Ryder Architecture in Vancouver. His early Passive House projects were in the UK in 2009-11. Since moving back to Canada he has supported Passive House Canada as a volunteer on their Education Committee and the development of the Passive House standard in Vancouver.

Morgan McDonald works on high performance buildings with Ledcor Construction. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a background in renewable energy, carbon finance, and sustainability education. He is Chair of the BC Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and also volunteers with Living Future Vancouver.


Wednesday, February 13 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W23 – Small Buildings and the Healthy Passive House

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

During this session presenters approach small home trends from two angles: the Tiny Home phenomenon, and the small Passive House. This session entertains the movement toward minimalistic living from less than 300 to 1100 square feet. Presenters will address the challenge of creating energy-efficient, healthy and ventilated homes when air flow, humidity and limited space task the designer to discover new methods to pursue the Passive House standard. The presenters will expand on the Passive House and Low-Energy Standard, where the kWh/m2a metric provides challenges for homes with a small footprint, exploring innovative solutions for low-embodied carbon construction, including the home on stilts eradicating the use of concrete and below-grade foam.

Allison Holden-Pope

Oline Luinenburg

Allison Holden-Pope, Founder, One SEED Architecture
Oline Luinenburg, Karuna Micro Homes

Allison Holden-Pope is passionate about green building and contemporary architecture, founding One SEED Architecture + Interiors in 2008 in order to pursue evocative and sustainable residential design. Allison holds a Masters in Architecture Degree from McGill University, and has been working in the field of architecture since 2001. She was an early adopter of sustainable practices, achieving LEED AP designation over ten years ago, and is a vocal advocate for Passive House. The exploration of new concepts for modern and green housing continues to be the foundation of her practice. Current projects include several Passive Houses.

Oline grew up in rural Manitoba in a family of carpenters and built her first tiny house at the age of 14. She studied environmental economics (B.A.) and communications (M.A.) and then worked as a research consultant on a wide range of social and environmental issues. For 25 years, Oline worked in the field of marine research and oceanography half the year and built homes the other half. In 2017, and in response to growing demand, she founded Karuna Micro Homes, a small home-based business with a mission to provide affordable, innovative housing solutions that are efficient, sustainable and healthy.


Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W42 – The Resiliency of Highly Insulated, Airtight Buildings in a Changing Climate

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

When monitoring homes after a full power outage in cold northern climates, it was found that residences commonly built in the 1980’s only retained their heat for one day, for newer builds this was sometimes up to two days, but for a Passive House heat retention remained for up to one week.

This session examines the Passive House standard as a method for maintaining resilience not only during power outages in cold northern climates but for thermal performance in general. In this presentation the presenters will show the calculation for a variety of scenarios, considering different thermal performance levels and weather scenarios. The results will demonstrate the resiliency of highly insulated, airtight buildings in very cold climates.

Jeanie Chan

Andrea Frisque

Jeanie Chan, Building Performance Engineer, Stantec
Andrea Frisque, Associate, Senior Building Performance Engineer, Stantec

Jeanie is a Building Performance Engineer at Stantec. She has extensive experience in building performance simulations.

Dr. Frisque provides technical direction and leadership in low-energy design for buildings and communities. She publishes technical papers in international journals, presents at national and international conferences, and has been invited for talks and lectures. Dr. Frisque has over 15 years of experience related to analyses and computer simulations for sustainable design. She uses her extensive knowledge in heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics to provide cost effective sustainable design and unique solutions, helping project teams achieve their performance goals. Dr. Frisque was a founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) and is a Certified Passive House Designer; has experience with Passive House, zero and net-positive energy, and zero carbon designs and certifications.



Thursday, February 14 • 8:30am–10:00am • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

T08 – West Vancouver Passive House – Beauty and Efficiency

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

An innovative fusion of beauty and efficiency, this single-family Passive House home in West Vancouver sets a new precedent for Passive House projects across the globe. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the revolutionary home combines contemporary west coast architecture with an innovative mechanical system and a solar photo voltaic array to achieve a Passive, Net Zero energy home.

The house incorporates CLT construction, floor-to-ceiling glass for uncompromised ocean views, deep overhangs to protect against solar radiation, and Isokorb thermally isolated slabs on the residences' balconies. These design elements are combined with a mechanical system utilizing next generation ERV's with air source heat pumps and hydronic heating and cooling in the supply air, delivering heating and cooling to the entire home. Hear this compelling story from the homeowner and engineer behind this state-of-the-art home overflowing with unique design features, and learn how solar shading was optimized using dynamic modelling to supplement PHPP modelling results and minimize overheating.

Bettina Balcaen

James Dean

Joe Gulech

Stuart Hood

Marcel Studer

Bettina Balcaen, Principal, Studio Balcaen Kwan Architecture and Design
James Dean, CEO, CORE Energy Recovery Energy Solutions
Joe Gulech, President, Naikoon Contracting Ltd.
Stuart Hood, Managing Principal, Integral Group
Marcel Studer, Principal, Econ Group Ltd.

Bettina Balcaen is a registered Architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Managing Principal of Studio Balcaen Kwan Architecture and Design located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to opening her own office Bettina was an Associate at Battersbyhowat Architects. She has extensive experience working on small and medium scale projects in Canada and Germany. Bettina has completed the Passive House Designer Course and the Passive House Course for Trades and is the project architect for James and Janet’s West Bay Passive House in West Vancouver designed by Battersbyhowat Architects.

Mr. Dean is a Clean Energy Technology entrepreneur and is CEO and Founder for CORE Energy Recovery Solutions (formerly dPoint) located in Vancouver, British Columbia. CORE manufactures polymer membranes and enthalpy exchangers for HVAC and hydrogen fuel cell systems. Prior to dPoint James was CEO of Greenlight Power and a partner at KPMG Consulting. Mr. Dean currently serves as a board member of the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI). He is also active in the AHRI Air to Air Energy Recovery Committee. James was recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. James is passionate about Energy Efficient Buildings and is currently building a Passive House in West Vancouver for his family.

Josef Geluch is the President of Naikoon Contracting Ltd. A leading high performance home Builder with a number of top rated projects completed throughout British Columbia. As President of Naikoon he has led his team to over 30 Industry awards, locally, provincially and nationally.  He is a Red Seal Carpenter, a Gold Seal Project Manager, and a Certified Passive House tradesperson who has spent over 19 years in the industry.  He is a founding member of Canada’s Net Zero Energy Housing Council and current Chair of the CHBABC Technical Research Committee.

Stuart Hood is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and Certified Passive House Designer and Managing Principal of Integral Group's Vancouver Office. Integral Group is a progressive MEP firm focussed on Deep Green Engineering, with one of the largest passive house design teams in Canada. Stuart has over 30 years of experience and is leading the design on multiple Passive House projects, including multi-family residential projects, recreation centres, fire halls and single family residential projects.

Marcel Studer is a principal of Econ Group Ltd, a Vancouver based design-built construction company, he holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland).

Marcel has lived and worked in Canada for the last 18 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 Passivehouse Canada since October 2014 holding the treasurer position.


Thursday, February 14 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

T20 – A North American Journey to Passive House Windows

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness] 

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

The shift towards performance-based energy standards in BC and Ontario has fundamentally changed the way we account for heat loss through windows and doors. As the North American market adapts to this paradigm shift, design teams are turning towards PH and PH Certified Products as a potential path towards higher performance. During this presentation, the speakers will present on the fundamentals of high-performance and Passive House windows, highlighting the similarities and differences between the North American and PH window simulation procedures. The speaker will provide an introduction to the BC Reference Procedure for Using THERM to Determine Window Performance Values for Use with the Passive House Planning Package. The procedure, co-authored by RDH and Peel Passive House, was developed to aid North American window manufacturer’s evaluate their products against European products. This presentation will conclude with a BC-based manufacturer of high-performance windows and doors, sharing their journey of introducing a PHI-certified window to the North American market.

Mike Cairns

Daniel Haaland

Mike Cairns, Architectural Product Representative, Innotech Windows + Doors
Daniel Haaland, RDH Building Science

Mike Cairns is the Architectural Product Representative at Innotech Windows + Doors, North America’s largest exclusive manufacturer of high-performance European window and door systems. Mike brings over two decades of construction and fenestration experience to his role at Innotech. His combined technical expertise, hands-on experience, and passion for sustainable construction ensures the windows and doors in every project are engineered and installed to exceed each project’s performance requirements. Mike is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson, Vice-Chair of the GVHBA Technical Committee and Past-Chair of the GVHBA U-40 Committee.


Thursday, February 14 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

T31 – Passive House MURB for Rental Employee Housing

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

The first multi-unit residential building (MURB) Passive House in Whistler is under construction. This 24-unit apartment will be for rental employee housing owned and operated by the Whistler Housing Authority and is expected to open in the summer of 2019.

In this presentation an overview of the project to date will be provided. Describing the project requirement and intent, the project team will go into detail on planning, design, permit process and construction documents utilized to date. The team of presenters will summarize on the efficiencies of the building design and systems, concluding with providing an over on scheduling, quality assurance and quality control.

Melvin Lau

Kyle Moen

Sherman Wai

Marla Zucht

Melvin Lau, Intern Architect AIBC CPHD LEED AP, Integra Architecture Inc.
Kyle Moen, Passive House Consultant, Durfeld Constructors
Sherman Wai, Passive House Consultant, RDH Building Science
Marla Zucht, General Manager, Whistler Housing Authority 

As a practicing Intern Architect since starting his career in 2007 at Integra Architecture, Melvin has developed his career in private sector, public sector and personal works. He started his studies with a technical background at BCIT, then earned his Master's degrees at the School of Architecture in the University of Manitoba. His portfolio includes multi-family residential, mixed-use, and passive house projects, ranging from conceptual design to construction administration. With a strong focus in sustainability, he strives to better understand the details of building and living in a passive house, such as optimizing cost savings, thermal comfort and indoor air quality as well as reducing climate change from everyday habits of personal electrical usage, transportation and diet. In addition, Melvin enjoys woodworking and believes designing at all scales develops his skills to become a well-rounded Architect.

Kyle has worked for Durfeld Constructors (General Contractor) BC Passive House (High Performance envelope systems) for the past seven years. Over that time, he has overseen construction for a number of Passive Houses and low energy homes using the company's high-performance panel systems. Kyle's work mainly focuses on detail development including informed building science, budgeting/procurement and project execution. He was educated at BCIT (Dip. Architecture and Building Engineering Technology, 2010) and the University of Victoria (B.A. Economics, 2007)

Sherman supports the RDH energy team by providing his expertise in Passive House design and certification. His primary responsibilities include facilitating design teams from schematic design to design development to certification by building energy models in PHPP and optimizing junction details. Sherman also prepares thermal bridging models for building enclosure assemblies to meet Passive House standards using two- and three-dimensional heat transfer simulation software. In the field, Sherman conducts site reviews to ensure Passive House compliance, including thermal bypass review, airtightness testing, and ventilation system commissioning. Prior to joining RDH, Sherman was a Project Manager at a sustainable building consulting firm in Vancouver, BC. During this time, he managed Passive House design projects, conducted whole building airtightness testing, and prepared documentation for Passive House certification.

Marla Zucht is the General Manager of the Whistler Housing Authority (WHA), a subsidiary of the Resort Municipality of Whistler. As the GM of the WHA, Marla is responsible for overseeing the creation and maintenance of a separate price restricted affordable housing inventory in Whistler available only to the resident workforce. In this role, Marla has facilitated the project management, financing and development of purpose built affordable ownership and rental housing.
tbaMarla holds a Master's degree in Environmental Studies and Community Planning from York University. She has had long standing interests and experience as a Planner in housing policies, growth management strategies, and sustainable planning.

Marla sits on several advisory committees and Board of Directors, including the British Columbia Non Profit Housing Association, Whistler Development Corporation, Whistler Valley Housing Society, and the Mayor's Task Force on Resident Housing in Whistler. She feels very strongly that the provision and protection of affordable housing is fundamental to keeping every community healthy and vibrant.


Thursday, February 14 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

T48 – Passive House As a Path to Net Zero

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness] 

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Around the world, policy makers and institutions have established targets for net zero building construction. But how do we get there in a short span of time? Space heating continues to comprise the majority of energy consumed by our buildings in Canada, despite gains in the efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems. Designing building envelopes that keep heat from escaping in the first place is the next step in significantly reducing energy consumption in buildings, in turn resulting in building energy demand that can more feasibly be met by renewables. The Passive House Standard provides a roadmap for this improvement.

Brian F. Smith

Kamilia Vaneck

Brian F. Smith, Senior Energy Performance Engineer & Project Manager, WSP
Kamilia Vaneck, Manager, Sustainability & Energy, WSP

Kamilia Vaneck is a Project Manager with WSP's Sustainability & Energy team. Kamilia has over six years of experience working in various aspects of sustainability in the built environment, including new building commissioning, existing building energy audits, building benchmarking programs like LEED, and performance analysis including measurements & verification and energy modelling. Most recently, Kamilia has been inspired by the opportunity that Passive House presents to achieving the rapid transition towards ultra-high performance required to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.