Passive House Canada Sessions

This program has been accredited by:

  • AAA = Alberta Association of Architects
  • BOMI = BOMI Canada
  • IDCEC = Interior Design Continuing Education Council

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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance & Energy Efficiency
  • 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

Wednesday, November 9 • 8:30am–10:00am • Quarter Horse A/B • Early Bird $45 / Regular $55

W01 – Introduction to High Performance – Passive House Buildings

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LH • BOMI 1.5 CPD ]

Passive House designs are ultra efficient, affordable and healthy buildings that can transform our built environment. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials alike are all turning to the Passive House standard to deliver high performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. This shift is starting to alter the Canadian construction industry. 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 Alberta. It’ll also shine light on the benefits of offsite construction and the integration of Passive House design.

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Craig Mitchell
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Michael Nemeth

Speakers:
Craig Mitchell, Director of Sales, Britco LP
Michael Nemeth, Course Conductor, Passive House Canada

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Biographies
Craig Mitchell is an experienced modular construction consultant. A graduate of both UBC and BCIT, Craig has been in the building industry for over 25 years with the past 20 years been devoted to the modular building industry in Western Canada. Craig is currently the Director of Sales with Britco LP, an innovative award winning modular builder. He is also the Board Chair of the Manufacturers Association for Relocatable Structures (MARS), and is a Trustee of the Modular Building Institute’s (MBI) Canadian Foundation promoting education and research in the area of offsite modular construction.

Michael Nemeth is a mechanical engineer and Passive House designer in Saskatoon. When he’s not consulting he works to promote building energy efficiency standards and community renewable energy development. Michael was named as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders under 30 by Corporate Knights magazine.

Wednesday, November 9 • 2:00pm–3:30pm • Quarter Horse A/B • Early Bird $45 / Regular $55

W13 – Passive House – Driving the Market Towards High Performance

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LH • BOMI 1.5 CPD ]

As the climate and energy planning and policy environment has matured over the past 5 years, we have seen a shift to a more metrics and building science based approach to energy conservation. Many jurisdictions are now using Passive House and its underlying metrics as a basis for next generation building codes and energy efficiency policies. This session will summarize recent research and costing analysis work done on behalf of the City of Vancouver, the City of Toronto, and the Province of BC to look at what the trade offs are for building high-rise passive house performance buildings. The session will also look at which jurisdictions across Canada are contemplating moves to Passive House style regulations and policy development. It will also outline outline the major design & construction lessons learned on a series of projects in southwestern BC, complete with e a developer’s perspective on the economics of Passive House buildings. The financial picture includes marketing considerations along with the emerging policy initiatives incentivizing such projects and municipal responses to development applications.

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Rob Bernhardt
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Dave Ramslie

Speakers:
Rob Bernhardt, Project Manager of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd. & President of Bernhardt Developments Ltd.
Dave Ramslie, Principal, Integral Group LLC

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Biographies
As developers and Certified Passive House Consultants Rob & Mark Bernhardt develop, design and sell Passive House buildings in southwestern BC. Rob was the Passive House consultant for the first certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, a two family residence he has lived in since 2013. Rob & Mark then developed the first market strata Passive House building in Canada, selling six Victoria, BC units to strong demand. Their next development projects are two market duplex buildings, one of which is targeting Passive House Plus certification. Bernhardt Contracting is the Passive House Consultant for the first Passive House fire hall in Canada, currently being designed for the City of Vancouver and have consulted on other single and multifamily Passive House projects. Rob also works with Passive House Canada’s members, governments and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.

Each high performance project is a learning experience, particularly early projects. Rob Bernhardt will outline the major design & construction lessons learned on a series of projects in southwestern BC. He also provides a developer’s perspective on the economics of Passive House buildings. The financial picture includes marketing considerations along with an outline the emerging policy initiatives incentivizing such projects and municipal responses to development applications. The pattern of market development the Bernhardt’s have experienced on Vancouver Island is typical of the market growth seen in other jurisdictions. After the first few early projects, multiple projects of various types and sizes are introduced to the market, with a growing number of buyers looking for the quality and comfort such buildings provide.

Dave Ramslie is a Principal with the Integral Group LLC and Director of Planning Research, & Sustainability. Dave is a urban planner by training, and his area of focus is on resiliency, energy policy and urban sustainable development. His work has won numerous international awards and last year he was recognized by the NRDC as one of 9 global leaders fighting climate change in cities. Recent projects include developing the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Buildings Plan, leading the technical development of the Energy “Stretch Code” for British Columbia, and the next generation of the Toronto Green Standard.

“As the climate and energy planning and policy environment has matured over the past 5 years, we have seen a shift to a more metrics and building science based approach to energy conservation. Many jurisdictions are now using Passive House and its underlying metrics as a basis for next generation building codes and energy efficiency policies. Find out how different energy targets manifest themselves in different environments across Canada, and what the approximate costs and savings are for achieving passive house levels of performance in different building types.

This session will summarize recent research and costing analysis work done on behalf of the City of Vancouver, the City of Toronto, and the Province of BC to look at what the trade offs are for building high-rise passive house performance buildings. The session will also look at which jurisdictions across Canada are contemplating moves to Passive House style regulations and policy development. “

Thursday, November 10 • 8:30am–10:00am • Quarter Horse A/B • Early Bird $45 / Regular $55

T01 – Passive House – Key Features of High Performance Design

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LH • BOMI 1.5 CPD ]

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 and high efficiency heat recovery ventilation systems 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 and heat recovery ventilation systems, as they relate to some notable Passive House projects. The session will also touch on why design, installation and commissioning are all critical to the optimum performance of these systems.

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Graham Finch
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Barry Stephens

Speakers:
Graham Finch, Principal, Building Science Research Specialist, RDH Building Science Inc.
Barry Stephens, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Ventacity Systems, Inc.

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Biographies
Graham Finch is a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH Building Science Inc. He has a passion for technology and for dedication to making better and more energy efficient buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in a wide range of projects from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction design across North America and overseas. Graham has been involved with the design and construction of several passive house projects including houses and larger multi-family and mixed use buildings and has been involved with a number of research and policy studies on the topic.  Graham has co-authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to high-performance building enclosures and is regularly invited by industry organizations and clients across Canada and the US to speak to the practical and technical issues of various building science topics.  In addition to RDH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses to students at the Diploma and Masters levels.

Barry Stephens joined Ventacity, a startup manufacturer of very high performance HRVs and ERVs, in March 2016. Prior to joining Ventacity he was the Business Development & Technology Director at Zehnder America, Inc. Zehnder is a global leader in manufacturing heat recovery ventilation systems based in Granichen, Switzerland. He led the introduction of Zehnder systems in North America, and was involved with design, installation and commissioning of these systems in projects across North America. These included many cutting edge projects, including Solar Decathlon teams, NZE homes, Passive House builddings and other very high performance structures. He has presented at conferences across North America since 2010.

Thursday, November 10 • 2:00pm–3:30pm • Quarter Horse A/B • Early Bird $45 / Regular $55

T24 – Passive House – the Nuts and Bolts of Affordable, Healthy and Ultra Energy-Efficient Buildings

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LH • BOMI 1.5 CPD ]

Passive House buildings achieve a high level of indoor air quality and obtain substantial reduction in space heating requirements compared to the standard building practice in Alberta. This session is aimed at all those with an interest in low-energy design and construction. Through an exploration of Passive House projects, participants will learn some of the concepts, challenges and recent developments for high performance design and construction for the local conditions.

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Oscar Flechas
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Alan Nixon

Speakers:
Oscar Flechas, Principal,  Flechas Architecture
Alan Nixon, President, One House Green

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Oscar Flechas is an Architect with a wide range of experience in various sectors and on different scale projects. His firm, Flechas Architecture, is a progressive, small and young studio that uses simple and creative design solutions to produce innovative, environmentally and socially responsible results. He’s an early adopter of the Passive House standard, and his firm now strive to design buildings that meet or use the principles required by the standard in each of the projects. Passionate about low-energy and low carbon buildings for the future generations, Oscar is one of the few architects certified as Passive House Designer and embraces most tools that encourage better building standards to help achieve greener buildings in Canada.

Alan Nixon is an Architectural Technologist who has worked in the Calgary and area residential market for the past 20 years. His company, One House Green, is a small inner-city redevelopment firm specializing in healthy, energy efficient construction. His desire for elegant design and construction solutions brought him to the Passive House Standard, and it is here that he has been able to fuel this goal. The Standard has moulded his aesthetic, and ultimately, the direction of One House Green towards increased building efficiency in all of their projects.


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