Passive House Canada Conference 2020 Video Bundle


Rent the full suite of videos from the 2020 Passive House Canada Conference held during the COVID-19 pandemic in December of 2020. This conference was renamed the Passive House Canada Summit for this year only, due to it being held in a smaller capacity entirely online.

It includes 3 half days of sessions from multiple presentation rooms as well as 3 bonus videos.

See below for the full list of the 23 videos included in this bundle!

What's Included:

Day 1 Session Videos

  • Passive House in Canada: 10 Years Later
    Presented by: Suzanne Christensen - Passive House Canada Board Member, Luiz Bezerra - Manager, Education, Training and Development, Passive House Canada, Wolfgang Feist, Chris Ballard - Chief Executive Officer, Passive House Canada


    It’s been 10 years since the first certified Passive House building was constructed in Canada, the Lost Lake Passive House in Whistler, BC. What impact did this building have? How much has the movement towards better buildings grown? Join us for this summit kick off session that explores the growth of Passive House in Canada.

  • Passive House and Resilience in the Face of a Warming Climate
    Presented by: Kaz Bremner - Perkins+Will, Chris Doel - Integral Group, Mike Wilson - University of Victoria


    Buildings need to be designed to provide comfort in a changing climate. This session will describe the standards to assess, and strategies to achieve, comfort in a 2050 climate while achieving Passive House targets for a complex mixed-use student housing and dining project in Victoria BC Canada.

  • Canadian Cold Climate Prefab Innovations
    Presented by: Abby Xerri - Quantum Passive House, Jeremy Clarke - Simple Life Homes, Rick Zytaruk - Tooketree Passive Homes, Cameron Laidlaw - Peel Passive House Consulting


    There is a growing recognition of the benefits of prefabricated walls systems and their applicability for Passive House projects. Yet options still remain few. Three innovative Canadian companies have pioneered cold climate Passive House wall systems suitable for the cold climate zone that makes up much of the inhabited portion of Canada. At this panel, Quantum Passive House, Tooketree Passive Homes, and Simple Life Homes will present on the design, development, and application of their construction systems, as well as the benefits of using prefabrication to meet Passive House performance goals. Each company will present on their journey to develop a prefab system for cold climates. A panel discussion/audience Q&A will follow the presentations.

  • BC Policy: A) City of Vancouver Resilience Requirements and Passive House B) Comparing Passive House to BC Step Code on Large Scale MURB's
    Presented by: Sponsor: Recollective Consulting


    A) City of Vancouver Resilience Requirements and Passive House

    Panel Discussion with:
    Shane O'Halon, Stantec
    Adam James, Ryder Arch
    Andrea Frisque, Stantec

    In this interactive discussion, we will explore how resiliency requirements in the City of Vancouver (for rezoning) align with Passive House design. On the panel, we will have Shane O’Hanlon, who has extensive experience with resilience and climate adaptation, Adam James, part of the architectural team for the Gastown Child Care Centres designed by Acton Ostry Architects, and Andrea Frisque, the lead Passive House consultant for this project. In an introductory presentation we will discuss how the Childcare Centre buildings, which were designed before the current resiliency requirements, compare to the current requirements. We will discuss where we perceive synergies between PH and the resiliency requirements, and where there could be potential challenges. We will then open the discussion to the virtual audience.

    B) Comparing Passive House to BC Step Code on Large Scale MURB's

    Panel Discussion with:
    James Munro, Greater Victoria Housing
    Andy Chong, Integral Group
    Peter Johannknecht, Cascadia Arch
    Greg Damant, Cascadia Arch

    Since 2018 municipalities across BC have been adopting BC's Energy Step Code, gradually increasing energy efficiency until all new construction is net-zero ready. In these municipalities, meeting the demands of the code is required, unlike optional programs such as Passive House. This presentation is a case study of 2 MURB’s in various stages of design and construction, comparing Passive House and BC’s Step Code using models and estimates to form a comparison between design to Passive House vs Step Code construction. Design and construction costs, energy use and carbon emissions, and return on investment as a focus of this presentation.

  • Technical Detailing: A) Thermal Bridge Modeling for Large Retrofit Buildings B) Impact of the foundation structure on the heating loads in residential projects
    Presented by: Sponsor: EJOT


    A) Thermal Bridge Modeling for Large Retrofit Buildings

    Melissa Furukawa, Peel Passive House

    Passive House design tries to eliminate or mitigate linear and point thermal bridging. However, for retrofit buildings sometimes thermal bridges cannot be avoided and their impact must be assessed. This lecture will highlight the thermal bridge impacts and optimization process for 3 large retrofit buildings. The various design iterations and considerations will be discussed including thermal comfort, constructability, energy efficiency and cost.

    B) Impact of the foundation structure on the heating loads in residential projects

    German Vaisman

    The insulation under the footings are required in some cases to reach Passive House levels. But it provides challenges on the structural stability due to shear and proper install. Also, there are not many products on the market that can withstand the high loads required in multi-story buildings. We will review the design of the footings and slab for a 6 story multi-unit residential building, for a Net Zero Daycare and for a detached house retrofit, including alternative options and their impact on the heating load.

  • Increasing Energy Efficiency of MURBs through the Time-Based Thermal Resilience Metrics
    Presented by: Aylin Ozkan - University of Toronto, Ozkan Design, Ted Kesik - University of Toronto


    In the face of climate change, and as building codes and standards evolve to promote increased building energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprints, it is also important to ensure that MURBs can withstand prolonged power outages during extreme weather events to provide habitable shelter passively. This presentation will focus on going beyond the typical energy modelling exercises, and demonstrate a new approach to guide early stages of building design to improve passive performance through the time-based thermal resilience metrics. It also will highlight the critical measures that need to be addressed effectively to achieve high levels of thermal autonomy and passive habitability.

Day 2 Session Videos

  • Leading Climate Action at the Local Level: Transforming the Building Sector in Victoria
    Presented by: Lisa Helps - Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia


    Join Lisa Helps, the Mayor of the City of Victoria and Passive House Canada, CEO, Chris Ballard for a discussion on the leadership role local governments are playing in moving us towards a low carbon future and the climate action policy initiatives Victoria is implementing to decarbonize the building sector including:

    -Accelerating the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code to the top step by 2025, instead of the Province of BC’s mandated timeline of 2032

    -Introducing a low carbon pathway for step code compliance which includes a one step relaxation for buildings that install low carbon heating systems

    -Launching a generous incentive program to help residents transition from oil tanks and gas furnaces to electric heat pumps

    -Ensuring urban design form and character principles are aligned with high performance building construction

    -Developing a deconstruction bylaw to promote reuse of building materials

  • Advancing the Market: Perspectives from Clayton Community Centre
    Presented by: Rebecca Holt - HCMA Architecture + Design, Melissa Higgs - HCMA Architecture + Design, Scott Groves - City of Coquitlam


    The first large, public Passive House project in Canada, Clayton Community Centre in Surrey, BC represents a transformational moment in time as the built environment responds to the extremes of the climate crisis. Project client leader Scott Groves and design leader Melissa Higgs will share their perspectives on leading with Passive House, as they reveal insights and lessons to inspire and advance the market. Moderated by Rebecca Holt, Director of Sustainability at HCMA, the session will invite attendees to engage the panelists with questions.

  • From Design to Completion – Low Income Passive House MURBS in Ontario, and The Lessons Learned Throughout Construction
    Presented by: Josie Costantini - Schilthuis Construction Inc., Beth Schilthuis - Schilthuis Construction Inc., Philip Bradley - Schilthuis Construction Inc.


    Schilthuis Construction has become at the forefront of building Passive House Multi Residential buildings in Ontario. With 2 MURBS completed, 4 more under construction, and at least 2-3 more in the design stages. Schilthuis construction and the design team are refining details that work on site, perform well in airtightness and efficiency, and are cost effective to these Passive House MURBS. Being among the first to build a low-income housing MURB Passive House in the Ontario climate, Schilthuis and the team have learned what works, what doesn’t and how to get there cost effectively.

  • Multi-Family: A) Alexandra Park Redevelopment: Passive House in Public Discourse B) EnerPHit Stepwise Retrofit: Exploring innovative HVAC solutions
    Presented by: Arne Suraga - Diamond Schmitt Architecture, Michael Lam - Toronto Community Housing, Andrew Peel - Peel Passive House


    A) Alexandra Park Redevelopment: Passive House in Public Discourse

    Arne Suraga, Diamond Schmitt Architecture
    Michael Lam, Toronto Community Housing

    Working with Toronto Community Housing, the Atkinson Co-op and Tridel Inc., as well as a dedicated consultant team, the redevelopment of two multi-residential sites in the Alexandra Park neighbourhood in Toronto as Passive House projects have entailed a broad-ranging discussion on how to present Passive House concepts to a highly engaged, but non-specialist audience. At the same time, ensuring that the project meets the requirements of the planning approvals process, Design Review Panel, as well as the updated Toronto Green Standard, has lead to a multifaceted and dynamic process even in the early design and approvals phases.

    B) EnerPHit Stepwise Retrofit: Exploring innovative HVAC solutions

    Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House

    Understand the constraints of an EnerPHit retrofit of an existing high-rise apartment building with live-in tenants Learn how to integrate a Passive House ventilation system into an existing multi-unit building not designed to accommodate such a system. Discover an innovative, efficient, and cost-effective HVAC solution for high-rise multi-unit apartment EnerPHit retrofits.

  • Part 9 Buildings: A) A Tale of Two Houses: Exploring the Impact of Form on Energy Performance B) Holistic and Practical Approach to MEP
    Presented by: Graeme Verhulst - Waymark Architecture, Russ Barry- Interactive Construction


    A) A Tale of Two Houses: Exploring the Impact of Form on Energy Performance

    Graeme Verhulst, Waymark Architecture

    Energy performance is a direct outcome of the form of the building. Join Graeme Verhulst in a side-by-side comparison of two different houses, the Parkview house and the Gabion house, to explore the impact of form on energy performance. While both built to the Passive House standard, these houses take different approaches on form from a two-storey compact building to a single-storey fully accessible building. This session focuses on how the forms of these houses impact the energy models, the wall assemblies and the required construction details.

    B) Holistic and Practical Approach to MEP

    Russ Barry, Interactive Construction

    This practical session will discuss the good, bad, and ugly sides of MEP in Passive House builds from the perspective of a builder. The focus will be taking a holistic approach to planning and install of HRVs, condensing/ HP dryers, recirculating hood fans, etc. This session will help homeowners understand the practical considerations when making MEP decisions, builders and contractors will benefit from hearing about what to watch for and some create solutions to common concerns, and consultants and manufacturers will gain some insight into on the ground realities.

  • Field Notes: Successful Site Delivery for Passive House Projects
    Presented by: Marcel Studer - Econ Group, Kevin Brennan - Brennan Insulation and Airtightness, Jesse Matthews - RDH Building Science Inc.


    This session will breakdown and evaluate the strategies Marcel Studer (Vancouver), Kevin Brennan (NYC), and Jesse Matthews (Toronto) use to support the successful site delivery of Passive House projects in their respective markets. They will define the role of the “Air Boss” or Passive House Field Trainer, and share how this role is implemented in a variety of project teams. The presenters will discuss lessons learned, and share their latest strategies for successful Passive House quality control and quality assurance implementation (including whole building airtightness planning and testing). The session will highlight how the CPHT training has had a positive effect on project teams, especially when accompanied by project-specific site training for subcontractors and site personnel that will be executing the work.

  • Extremely Cold Climates: A) Resisting the Extremes: Delivering Resilient and Durable Passive House Buildings in Harsh Climate Zones of Canada B) Passive House in Cold Climates
    Presented by: Enrico Bonilauri - Emu Systems, Stephen Quinn - Peel Passive House Consulting Ltd.


    A) Resisting the Extremes: Delivering Resilient and Durable Passive House Buildings in Harsh Climate Zones of Canada

    Enrico Bonilauri, Emu Systems

    Designing Passive House buildings becomes challenging when professionals face the extremely cold conditions North America. Achieving resilience and durability in a cost-effective manner requires deeper understanding of building physics, as standardized design conditions often end up being not representative for the climates they are meant for. Performance in extreme conditions is here first investigated for individual components, then on their consequences at the whole building scale with the support of Passive House projects from cold climate zones. The goal is to better inform Passive House professionals about expected behavior of building component in different locations of Canada.

    B) Passive House in Cold Climates

    Stephen Quinn, Peel Passive House

    This presentation will discuss the challenges that can arise when building Passive Houses (PH) in a cold climate and more importantly solutions to these challenges. Of course, as with many things in life, the more challenging something is to achieve, the larger the reward. This can most certainly be said for constructing a PH in a cold climate, especially given the high potential for savings in heating costs and increased comfort levels. To best take the audience through potential cold climate challenges we will highlight three successfully completed projects, all with their own unique challenges in both design and construction.

  • Celebration of Rob Bernhardt’s Contribution to Passive House Canada
    Presented by: Scott Kennedy - Cornerstone Architecture, Rob Bernhardt - Projects & Policy Advisor


    Join us for a video honouring the achievements and accomplishments of Passive House Canada's previous CEO, Rob Bernhardt.

Day 3 Session Videos

Bonus Videos: