Completed in the summer of 2018, Valleyview Town Hall in Alberta is the result of extensive collaboration between the municipality, contractor, and a team of designers and consultants working together to achieve the Passive House standard in a northern climate. This structure aims to become the first commercial building to achieve Passive House certification in Alberta and the first commercial building to obtain Passive House Plus certification in the world.
Structural thermal breaks (STBs) address thermal weaknesses in the building envelope by ensuring continuous insulation (ci), thereby improving the overall thermal performance. They are also changing the design philosophy to an “envelope-first approach.”
The world’s first Passive House car dealership is nearing completion in Red Deer, Alta. The client’s major requirement was any decisions made in pursuit of Passive House certification must not compromise customer or vehicle service. This was challenging and demanded the best of the whole design team.
Climate change is moving forward. Therefore, one must construct buildings to resist its consequences. Horizontally and vertically integrated hybrid insulated walls can meet various performance criteria, including added wind resilience and fire safety.
Government institutions are increasingly recognizing the role the Passive House standard can play in effectively reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are beginning to introduce it into their requirements and codes for all types of new buildings. British Columbia is leading the way.
Experiments conducted by RDH Building Science, National Research Council Canada (NRC), and a manufacturer of insulation materials have confirmed the presence of gaps between boards of insulation will cause a reduction in its R-value.
Ontario-based Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of insulated concrete forms (ICF) in North America, has been brought by Dryvit Systems, a manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS).
When selecting air barrier products to employ in building designs, architects have a broad range of choices. Spray foam insulation products are often selected because they can provide superior performance and also contribute to greater energy and operating cost savings in buildings.
The Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies at George Brown College, Toronto, in co-operation with a manufacturer is studying the performance of continuous air barrier, vapour retarder, and fibreglass insulation products.