Canadians invited to experience the comfort and vibrancy of the most energy efficient buildings in the country, as part of International Passive House Days

Public tours and presentations will take place at Passive House high performance buildings across British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec on November 10 – 13.

VICTORIA, BC, Oct. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Thursday November 10 marks the start of a four-day showcase of buildings that are transforming the Canadian built environment and the design and construction industry for the better, as part of International Passive House Days.

The Passive House high performance building standard has gained support from municipalities and provincial governments across Canada for its role in reducing building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while providing a higher level of comfort and air quality for occupants.

Free guided tours, presentations and open houses will take place at more than 14 Passive House buildings across British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, including multi-unit residential buildings and single-family homes.

In addition to the project tours, Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Architecture Centre Gallery at 400 Cambie St in Vancouver will feature the Art and Science of the High Performance Passive House exhibit from November 1 – 25. On November 10, the AIBC will host a panel discussion with the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada, architects and builders. On November 12, BCIT will host tours at Building NW03 at the Burnaby campus where visitors can attend demonstrations and learn about the materials used in the construction of Passive House buildings.

Architects, developers, realtors, planners, contractors and the general public are encouraged to attend the AIBC and BCIT events, as well as free tours and open houses at the following Passive House buildings:

Innisfil, ON


Kelowna, BC


Pemberton, BC

  • BC Passive House Plant, 1928 Artisan Road | Friday, Nov. 11th


Vancouver, BC

  • 388 Skeena Street | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm
  • Khotso Passive House, 36 West 21st Ave | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm
  • 13th, North Vancouver | Sunday, Nov. 13th - details to come


Victoria, BC

  • Cascadia Passive House, 954 Byng Dr. | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm
  • North Park Passive House, 860 Queens Ave, Unit #302 | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm
  • 2740/42 Fifth St. | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm
  • Bernhardt Passive House, 1535 Oak Crest Dr. | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm (street-side viewing only)
  • 732 & 734 Mary Street Duplex | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm (street-side viewing only)
  • 406/408 Wilson Street Duplex | Saturday, Nov. 12th, 10am - 3pm (street-side viewing only)


Whistler, BC

  • Cheakamus Crossing Passive House, 1067 Madeley Place | Friday,
  • Nov 11th, 9am - 12pm - dress appropriately for construction site


Full details and tour information are available at:

Passive House (Passivhaus) is the most rigorous energy-based standard in the design and construction industry today, leading to healthy, affordable buildings that consume up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings. Applicable to almost any building type or design, the Passive House Standard is the only internationally recognized, proven, science-based energy standard in construction. Employing the Passive House Standard benefits inhabitants as well as the environment. Buildings are simple to use, durable, extremely quiet and comfortable throughout the changing seasons. Reduced operating costs and carbon emissions assure peace of mind.

About Passive House Canada
Passive House Canada (formerly the Canadian Passive House Institute West) is the national non-profit professional association advocating for the Passive House high performance building standard. We have trained thousands of building industry professionals across Canada. BC residents can register for Passive House training with Passive House Canada at a reduced rate due to funding from the BC Government. The newly launched Passive House Canada website — soon to be translated into French — is a comprehensive resource for architects, designers, developers, tradespeople, policy makers and anyone wanting to learn more about the Passive House Standard, and includes training opportunities, a list of Certified Passive House professionals, and a project database.

SOURCE Passive House Canada

Image with caption: "North Park Passive House in Victoria, BC: The first market Passive House condominium built in Canada. The project offered six homes, each with separate entrances, two bedrooms and one bath. (CNW Group/Passive House Canada)". Image available at:

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