Victoria, BC (PRWEB) November 06, 2015
Low-cost, comfortable and sustainable is the future-proof formula of the Passive House building standard, and from November 13th to 15th Passive House buildings across Canada will open to the public to demonstrate how the concept is already working.
Six Passive House projects in Canada will join thousands around the world in International Passive House Days, an event that has been running since 2004. Participating projects in British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatoon and Quebec include single and multi-family residences, as well as an affordable housing development. The architects, developers and residents of these buildings will talk about their experiences and how these buildings function.
A Passive House has up to 90% less heating and cooling energy demand compared to a standard building. Design focuses on high quality components, insulation and orientation to create buildings with superior levels of comfort and ventilation, while remaining affordable for developers and occupants alike. This level of quality and energy efficiency also mean a more durable building with lower operating and maintenance costs for residents.
In Canada there are tens of Passive House projects already built, and many more under construction and in planning stages, including multi-unit apartment buildings and retail stores. Forward-thinking municipalities such as Vancouver, Fort St. John and Ottawa have recognized Passive House as a key tool to achieve targets to reduce energy emissions, and earlier this year the BC Ministry of Energy gave the Canadian Passive House Institute West funding to increase Passive House training in the province.
Architects, developers, realtors, planners and anyone with an interest in the future of construction are invited to visit Passive House projects in Fort St. John and Vancouver (BC), Innisfil and Ottawa (ON), Saskatoon (SK) and Isle-aux-Coudres (QB).
For more information on Canadian Passive House project tours: http://canphi.ca/event/2015-passive-house-open-days/
For information on international projects participating in the event: http://www.passivehouse-database.org
Katie Shellard/CanPHI West