Shortly after the energy crisis of the early 1970s, a group of researchers from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Saskatchewan institutions, led by Harold Orr, set out to transform how buildings were designed and constructed in this country. The result was Saskatchewan Conservation House—a forerunner of today’s Passive House (PH) projects.
Ottawa Salus is hosting an International Passive House Days event to introduce Salus Clementine, its newest project earning pre-certification and recognition as a North America Beacon Project. On Nov. 13, the event will kick off at Hometown Sports Grill in Ottawa and includes afternoon lectures by Andrew Peel on Passivhaus fundamentals and James Drysdale on air-sealing.
One of Innsbruck University’s buildings in Austria has been certified as the largest structure retrofitted to Passive House’s EnerPhit standard. The facility was originally built in 1968 and is currently used by the faculty of technical sciences.
Passive House has released the English version of its Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) at the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) Conference in Vancouver. PHPP is used for designing energy-efficient buildings. The upgrade allows reliable calculation of the energy demand in accordance with internationally applicable criteria.
The 2015 North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) conference will be held in Vancouver from October 1 to 2. The conference was designed to boost the Passive House movement in North America. Organizers believe the focus on big buildings and affordability will inspire and inform not only building industry professionals, but also policy makers and government officials.
The Passive House concept reached a new milestone in China with the country’s first office building designed using the energy-efficient standard. The building, which is located in the city of Zhuozhou, is owned and occupied by the company Hebei Xinhua Curtain Wall, which produces Passive House windows under license for the local construction industry.
The building industry consumes 40 per cent of the world’s energy, and is responsible for more than 38 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to studies completed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD 2009). The energy demand and its costs will continue to increase; this explains why Canadian building code requirements are becoming more stringent.