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.
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.
Completed in the late summer of 2018, the Valleyview Town Hall in Alberta is the result of extensive collaboration between the municipality, Flechas Architecture, and Scott Builders to achieve the Passive House Plus standard in a northern climate.
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.
Building an ultra-energy efficient industrial-style building in a northern climate is no easy task, but the Wood Innovation Research Laboratory (WIRL) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in downtown Prince George proves it can be done.
The Passive House Canada Conference will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre East, Vancouver, from November 7 to 8. This event will bring together building professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide $1.3 million toward a new $43.5-million community centre in Surrey, B.C., cited to be North America’s first and the world’s largest community centre built according to the Passive House standard.
Earlier this month, Vancouver’s mayor, Gregor Robertson, announced the city’s aging Fire Hall No. 17 will be knocked down and replaced with the country’s first fire hall built to Passive House standards.
The smoothest path to net zero is through passive building certification, because a passive building is a complete system with quality assurance built into the system, rather than a collection of discrete programs. The most common passive building certification in North America is PHIUS+.