Passive House Canada Conference 2023 Video Bundle


Rent for 9 months the full suite of videos from the 2023 Passive House Canada Conference held in Hamilton, Ontario in May of 2023. It includes 3 full days of sessions from multiple presentation rooms as well as 5 bonus project tour videos.

See below for the full list of more than 50 videos included in this bundle!


Plenary Session: Conference Kick-Off & Opening Feature

Our conference will begin with an address by Chris Ballard and Councillor Esther Pauls, followed by our keynote speaker, Member of Parliament Julie Dabrusin.

Designing A Sustainable Future for Affordable Housing

This session will explore a range of opportunities for low energy and low carbon affordable housing design in response to these mandates, ranging from Passive House to Zero Carbon Building.

Project Tour: Putman Family YWCA Mixed-Use Affordable Housing

A 50-unit affordable housing and community centre that proves low-income housing can be built on a modest budget to the highest energy standard.

Sample Video:

DesignPH – Workflows & Techniques

This session will review how to get the most out of your DesignPH model. Participants will learn more about setup of DesignPH to streamline the PHPP modeling process, reducing effort as PH Consultants and standardizing the modeling process.

What's Included:

Day 1 Session Videos

Day 2 Session Videos

Day 3 Session Videos

  • Session 28A: The Future of High-Performance Window Installations
    Presented by: Cody Belton - Morrison Hershfield / Akira Living


    PH buildings have a reputation for unnecessarily thick wall assemblies. True, if adding wall insulation to compensate for heat loss at weaker elements (ex. poor window installations). Projects can now leverage thermal simulations of innovative high-performance window installation techniques to reduce wall thickness, reduce embodied carbon emissions, meet PH performance targets, and potentially provide cost-effective solutions for Developers.

    MH will unveil innovative high-performance window installation techniques intended for larger PH buildings suitable for combustible/non-combustible construction. Architects can use window installation techniques to improve thermal energy performance and reduce interior mould/condensation potential to maintain healthy IAQ for new developments or retrofits.

  • Session 28B: PH Tour Preview: 257 King William - Passive House Modular MURB
    Presented by: Chris Smith - Dexterra, Jacqueline Evans - Dexterra


    CityHousing Hamilton contracted NRB Modular to Design/Build the first Passive House Modular project in Eastern Canada. This 24 unit affordable housing project located at 257 King William is being completed in NRB’s housing plant in Cambridge Ontario. Project is expected to start craning modules May 9th. Tour participants may see the modules being craned into place. The presentation will walk participants through the manufacturing process and explain how modular construction is suitable for PH certification.

  • Session 29A: Passive House and the Shifting Energy Code Landscape in Massachusetts
    Presented by: Andrew Steingiser - RDH Building Science Inc., Paul Ormond - RDH Building Science


    In December 2022, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released a new energy code as part of the updated 10th edition of the Massachusetts Building Code. The new Energy Code includes updates to the Stretch Energy Code as well as the addition of a second, more advanced tier of the Stretch Energy Code known as the Specialized Opt-In Stretch Code. Passive House is prominently incorporated into the new Massachusetts Energy Code requirements. Passive House certification is now a requirement for multi-family residential buildings under the new Specialized Opt-in Code, and is a code compliance path option for all buildings.

  • Session 29B: Policy Pathways to Building Decarbonization
    Presented by: Kevin Lockhart - Efficiency Canada


    In 2021, Canada committed to develop a net-zero emissions building code as well as the alterations to existing buildings (AEB) code by 2025. This sessions is intended to help all those in the buildings sector anticipate and prepare for the significant policy change represented by the introduction of the net-zero emissions building code and the AEB, as well as the policy frameworks that support these codes, and to use the development of each code as a lever to accelerate climate action.

  • Session 30A: Meeting Passive House Standards with Masonry
    Presented by: Mark Hagel - Alberta Masonry Council


    As Canada moves toward passive house standards to reduce our carbon footprint and meet our national reduction targets, accurate thermal modeling, particularly with thermal bridging has become very important. The presentation discusses updated thermal bridging values for masonry that can be used with both load-bearing concrete masonry and masonry veneers, to meet the evolving requirements of the NECB and passive house standards. The session will discuss methods to account for and mitigate thermal bridging in the components of full-bed masonry veneers including details reducing thermal bridging at masonry veneer ties and shelf angles. Two case studies will be explored: one that achieves net-zero energy using concrete block and brick veneer on single-family home and one on modern wood-frame brick veneer home that meets current NECB 2017 requirements and passive house standards. The session will also include hands-on examples of accounting for the thermal bridging in these two case studies using current thermal bridging calculation techniques and user-friendly spreadsheet/online applications.

  • Session 30B: Thermally Efficient Airtight Enclosures for Sustainable and Resilient Buildings
    Presented by: Andre Turrin - Durock Alfacing International Limited


    EIFS is an integral part of the building envelope that separates the indoor environment from the outdoor environment. The presentation relates EIFS to the applicable building code requirements regarding protection from precipitation, fire protection, air leakage control, condensation control, and thermal resistance. It furthermore relates those properties to sustainable, resilient, passive design. The presentation also includes highlights of an independent life cycle costing and thermal performance study that compares EIFS to alternative cladding systems.

  • Session 31: Passive House Ventilation: Still not understood after all these years
    Presented by: Barry Stephens - Ventacity Systems Inc


    Passive House ventilation, in the form of PHI certified efficiency HRVs and ERVs, has been making an outsized impact on building energy for a long time. And yet, the "V" in HVAC is still not fully understood. At the same time, there are work-arounds being utilized to include conventional HRVs and ERVs in Passive House projects. With these systems in place for twenty years or more, their impact is far reaching for meeting energy goals, decarbonization, and climate impacts.

    This session will dig deep in to the impact of VHE HVAC (Very High Efficiency HVAC) on a building's system COP, and the resultant EUI of those buildings. With extensive case studies, data, and demonstrations, this session will shed light on this most important element of all Passive House projects. And in the push to meet Healthy Building standards, this has never been more important.

  • Session 32A: Embodied Carbon: Beyond Cradle-to-Gate
    Presented by: Alejandra Nieto - ROCKWOOL


    The focus on sustainable building materials, embodied carbon and of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are becoming standard considerations when it comes to product specifications and procurement. While EPDs are a tool to guide informed decisions, understanding the inputs and outputs of the lifecycle assessment are critical. This presentation will review how EPDs are developed and the different types of EPDs available in the market, through the lens of building insulation materials. It will also explore how the different stages of a products lifecycle, beyond cradle-to-gate, can contribute towards creating a circular built environment.

  • Session 32B: Energy efficient façade anchors: an envelope focused building approach
    Presented by: Sajas Ahmed - Longboard Architectural Products Inc


    This presentation aims to look at utilizing high efficiency façade anchors and prioritizing building envelope improvements, from a design and practical viewpoint.

    By reviewing façade anchor product development, examples of deployment, key challenges and solutions will be explored and real-life examples will be used to deepen the understanding of the envelope first approach to construction. From difficulty in early-stage coordination to mockup and testing challenges, we’ll share key lessons throughout the process to provide a unique insight into the reality of utilizing energy efficient façade anchors which could help with making better decisions by designers and builders.

  • Session 33A: Thicker IGUs Enable a New Path to Passive House
    Presented by: Greg Clarahan - LiteZone Glass Inc.


    New thicker insulating glass units make possible very high window insulating values. Thicker LiteZone® IGUs can surpass PHI arctic and cold climate requirements with high heat gain IGUs. Alternately PHI cold climate requirements can be achieved using LiteZone® IGUs with UG=0.299 W/m2*k and SHGC as low as 0.151 to minimize energy requirements year-round, without the costs to control overheating in the summer.

    This technical presentation explains why LiteZone® embraces thicker IGUs for ultra high performance and how thicker IGUs can be installed in a wall without traditional frames to reduce costs and thermal transmission while achieving an attractive minimalistic aesthetic.

  • Session 33B: Tackling Window Pain: Understanding the benefits of high-performance fenestration
    Presented by: Michael Bousfield - Cascadia Windows & Doors


    As jurisdictions across North America introduce more stringent building energy performance standards (BEPS)—such as the BC Step Code and Seattle 2018 update—developers, architects, and contractors are left wondering the best way to meet the new benchmarks while controlling costs. This balance can seem daunting, especially when it comes to incorporating manufactured components, such as windows. Fortunately, a general understanding of the impacts of high-performance fenestration can help keep a project on track.

  • Closing Ceremonies & Keynote speech: Scott Foster
    Presented by: Scott Foster - The Enniscorthy Forum

Bonus Videos

5 Hamilton Passive House Project Tours:

  • Ken Soble Tower (EnerPHit)
  • Putman Family YWCA Mixed-Use Affordable Housing
  • James North Baptist
  • Coronation Park Apartments
  • King William Modular Affordable Housing