Passive House in Canada: Present Realities, Future Possibilities

This presentation offers an introduction to the world’s most ambitious and verified building performance standard, the international Passive House Standard. The scientific basis behind this approach will be outlined, placing it in context to Canadian codes and standards. We’ll assess the current viability of implementing Passive House both for commercial and residential Canadian buildings. The presentation includes a detailed case study of the design challenges which faced Canada’s first multi-unit residential development, Salus Clementine in Ottawa, and it will look in detail at two local projects using CLT construction, a new option for simplifying, accelerating and de-risking Passive House construction. 

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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Session Speaker(s)

Sonia Zouari, M. Arch, OAA, OAQ, CPHD, CSP, CCCA, GGP, LEED

Contemporary Architect, Parks Canada Agency

Architect, Passive House Designer, Green Globes and a LEED professional, Sonia promotes excellence in architecture, and takes on a leadership role in sustainable design. Sonia’s contributions to Ontario’s built environment were recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects part of the OAA's blOAAg series 'Women in Architecture ‘ and by Construction Specification Canada with the 2016 National Award of Merit.

Malcolm Isaacs

Director, Canadian Passive House Institute

Malcolm Isaacs is a Civil Engineering graduate, and a Passive House pioneer in Canada. He worked in the energy efficiency field as a professional engineer, researcher, and builder for 25 years. In 2005 he designed and built the first house in the country to Passive House specifications. Mr. Isaacs co-founded the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) in 2010.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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