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BCBEC: Lessons Learned From Passive House In BC
BC Building Envelope Council online slide show presentation by Bernhardt Contracting describes design and construction details of a passive house built in BC. (PDF)

BDC: Passive House Gains Momentum In Apartment Design
Building Design & Construction magazine says Passive House, an ultra-efficient building standard that originated in Germany, has been used for single-family homes since its inception in 1990. Only recently has the concept made its way into the commercial market.

Building Science: History Of Passive House Construction
Building Science online slide show presentation from the 2012 North American Passive House Conference provides a pictorial history of various passive homes. (PDF)

CMHC: Housing Without Heating Systems In Sweden
CMHC report describes twenty row houses that do not use traditional heating systems. Instead, they use heat exchangers in combination with an exceptionally well-insulated construction. (PDF)

CMHC: Passive Solar Designs Give Energy Savings All Year
CMHC online video on passive solar designs says if you take advantage of the sun's energy you could reduce your heating costs by up to 50%?

CMHC: Riverdale NetZero Passive Solar Design Home In Alberta
CMHC describes the Riverdale NetZero semi-detached duplex on a prime inner-city site in Edmonton, Alberta. This EQuilibrium home highlights the use of passive solar design principles, one of the key features that help reduce consumption of non-renewable energy. (PDF)

Dovetail: Overview Of Passivhaus Principles & Benefits
Dovetail report provides provide an overview of the PassivHaus phenomenon including a brief history, a summary of the certification standards, design and construction techniques, and the potential economic benefits and energy savings. (PDF)

EcoBuilding: Passive House Explained In 90 Seconds
EcoBuilding online video explains the basics and benefits of passive house design.

Ecohome: First Nations Passive House in BC
Ecohome describes a project in Bella Bella where modular passive house construction replaced hospital staff housing that burned down.

Ecohome: North Park Passive House 6-Unit Infill Project
Ecohome describes the North Park Passive House, a six-unit urban-infill condominium in Victoria.

Ecohome: Owners Account of Building Passive House & LEED
Ecohome presents an owner/builders account of how they build a home targeting both Passive House and LEED.

Energy Vanguard: Evolution Of Passive House In North America
Energy Vanguard says the Passivhaus program, promulgated by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, formalized the requirements but was building on earlier work, much of it from North America.

GBA: A Passive Solar Home From 1980s
Green Building Advisor shows how today’s passive solar design principles are quite similar to the principles preached in the early 1980s.

GBA: Passive House Concepts & Basics
Green Building Advisor discusses the Passivhaus standard, the housing industry's simplest yet most rigorous and challenging energy consumption standard.

GBA: Passivhaus For Beginners
Green Building Advisor describes the history of a superinsulation standard.

GBA: Yale First Nation Gets Active About Passive Housing
Green Building Advisor describes how Yale First Nation contracted Britco to build 10 two-bedroom units in a pair of buildings that meet the high-efficiency Passive House design requirements.

Green Energy Futures: How To Get Half Of Your Heating For Free
Green Energy Futures describes how you can get half of your heating for free from passive solar energy.

Green Energy Futures: Net Zero Simple With Passive Solar
Green Energy Futures describes how passive solar energy gets you close to zero energy.

Healthy Heating: Passive Heating From Solar Energy
Healthy Heating online animation shows the passive loading of a building using short wave solar energy.

Passive House Database: Find Passive Houses & Buildings
Passive House Database, a project of the Passive House Institute and International Passive House Association, allows you to search from a worldwide database of Passive Houses.

Passive Passion: Overview OF Passivhaus Movement
Online video Passive Passion is a documentary film on the Passivhaus movement, including interviews with European and American designers and builders.

PBC: Balance Point and What it Means
Passive Buildings Canada online video explains the concept of a building's balance point and how it is affected by Passivhaus.

PBC: Comparing Passivhaus & LEED
Passive Buildings Canada online video discusses how the performance based Passiv system differs from the prescriptive LEED system.

PBC: Passive Buildings In Canada
Passive Buildings Canada site describes various details of a number of passive homes built in Canada.

PBC: Passivhaus Background
Passive Buildings Canada online video provides some background on the Passivhaus concept and standards.

PBC: Passivhaus Background Part 2
Passive Buildings Canada online video provides Part 2 of a short history of Passivhaus.

SAB: Passive Narrow House In Vancouver
Sustainable Architecture and Building magazine says the Passive Narrow House in East Vancouver makes green home ownership more affordable through careful planning, use of simple forms, and a combination of inexpensive yet durable materials that reduce maintenance costs.

Tyee: Real Home Of The Future Is Passivhaus
The Tyee describes the history and evolution of the Passivhaus concept and standard.

US DOE: Overview Of Passive Solar Design
US Department Of Energy site provides information on passive solar heating & cooling, thermal storage, and daylighting. (PDF)
Education & Training

Passivhaus: Online Videos On Introduction To Passive House Design
Passivhaus Institute online video modules are designed as an introduction for beginners in Passivhaus design and as preparatory material for courses leading to certification as a Passive House designer or consultant.
Industry Information

Dovetail: Pushing Passive House Forward: Moving Beyond Energy-Efficiency
Dovetail report Pushing Passive House Forward: Moving Beyond Energy-Efficiency addresses the current state of Passive House, progress that has been made, problems that have been encountered, and the creation of the Active House system, which has been developed in response. It also explores the outlook for widespread movement toward highly energy efficient structures, as well as existing obstacles to substantial change in construction practices. (PDF)

International Passive House Conference
The annual International Passive House Conference and Passive House Exhibition brings together thought leaders and innovators from around the world. It offers networking opportunities, presentations, workshops and excursions.

Passive Buildings Canada: Upcoming Training & Events
Passive Buildings Canada lists various upcoming passive house training and events.

PHC: Canadian Buildings Policy Changing in Favour of Passive House
Passive House Canada says the Canadian buildings policy environment is changing in favour of Passive House.

RDH: Highlights From International Passive House Conference 2017
RDH Passive House Team members attended the 2017 International Passive House Conference and offer their top three highlights and lessons.
Industry Sectors

CanPHI: Canadian Passive House Institute
Canadian Passive House Institute is a non-profit educational organization that provides knowledge, tools, networks and confidence to design and construct buildings which meet the world’s highest level of energy efficiency, the international Passive House Standard.

IPHA: International Passive House Association
International Passive House Association is a global network of Passive House stakeholders including architects, planners, scientists, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and property developers. It works to promote the Passive House Standard and foster a greater public understanding of its significance. Encouraging the exchange of Passive House knowledge, iPHA communicates with the media, the general public and the entire range of construction professionals.
Information Sources

CanPHI: Canadian Resource Site On Passive House
Canadian Passive House Institute provides information and resources on the international Passive House Standard.

GBA: Information & Resources On Passivhaus Homes
Green Building Advisor offers articles, information, and links to more resources on Passivhaus homes.

GBA: Passive House Online Videos
Green Building Advisor online Passive House video series follows a project from planning through completed construction.

NAPHN: American Passive House Resource Site
North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) site serves as a news and technical resource for the US Passivhaus community.

Passipedia: Passive House Resource Site
Passipedia provides Passive House relevant research, articles, information, insights, and new Passive House findings from around the world. Members of the International Passive House Association (iPHA) receive special access to the more in depth sections.

PBC: Canadian Passive House Newsletter
Passive Buildings Canada newsletter provides information and resources on passive buildings standards, technology, industry, and projects.

PBC: Online Videos On Passive House Technology
Passive Buildings Canada online videos cover various topics of building science and passive house technology.

PBC: Resource Site On Passive Homes
Passive Buildings Canada serves as a passive house information group that provides a network for the Canadian Passive House community to connect, share knowledge and experience, and empower the delivery of Passive House projects.

PHIUS: Passive House Multifamily Resource Center
US Passive House Institute online Multifamily Resource Center offers information tailored for developers, architects, engineers, policy makers, and investors who are considering projects that would meet requirements of the PHIUS 2015 building standard.

Vancouver City: Build a Passive House
City of Vancouver provides information and resources on building a passive house.
Issues & Performance

Building Science: Further Commentary On PassivHaus
Building Science responds to questions John Straube received after writing about some aspects of the German PassivHaus housing standard as it applies to cold climates.

Building Science: Passivhaus Standard Issues For Colder Climates
Building Science says the Passivhaus standard, a set of voluntary criteria for an ultra-low energy use home originally developed in Germany, contains many recommendations that are not likely good decisions for cold climate North American housing, and some are very impractical with little or no benefit to the environment or the homeowner.

CMHC: Passive Approaches to Low-Energy Affordable Housing
CMHC report Passive Approaches to Low-Energy Affordable Housing summarizes a literature review of existing research and projects to identify promising passive design strategies and technologies for low-energy and affordable multi-residential buildings, real-world projects that have successfully implemented passive low-energy approaches in their design and construction, and some of the challenges, costs and benefits associated with passive low-energy affordable homes. (PDF)

CMHC: Solar Mass Walls Not Feasible For Space Heating In Canada
CMHC study explores performance of one type of passive solar heating system, the mass wall. Mass walls hold the promise of being able to provide passive solar heating in situations in which direct gain is not suitable, but results of the study are not favourable for Canada. (PDF)

Ecohome: Difference Between PHI & PHIUS Passive House Standards
Passive House says you can have a Passive House certified either by the Passive House Institute or PHIUS, the US specific system.

Energy Vanguard: Why A New Standard for Passive House?
Energy Vanguard discusses the two primary passive house standards and their relevancy for North America.

GBA: Inside Look At New PHIUS Standard
Green Building Advisor explains how the new Passive House building standard was developed and why it works in North America.

GBA: Measuring Passive House Energy Performance
Green Building Advisor says monitoring data from two Passive House projects shows the gap between predicted results and actual energy use.

GBA: Passive Houses & All-Renewable Energy Future
Green Building Advisor describes why the overhaul of the Passivhaus standard resulted in two new certification levels, Plus and Premium.

GBA: Redefining Passivhaus For North America
Green Building Advisor says the Passive House Institute U.S. takes a stab at developing new passive house standards for North America.

Passive House: EnerPHit Standard For Residential Refurbished Buildings
Passive House standards state that buildings that have been modernised using Passive House components and that do exceed the Passive House boundary values can receive the EnerPHit Quality-Approved Modernisation with Passive House Components certificate. (PDF)

Passive House: Quality Approved Passive House Certification
Passive House provides their Quality Approved Passive House Certification criteria for residential passive houses. (PDF)

PNNL: Electricity Use Slashed With Efficiency Controls For Heating & Cooling
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory study shows that commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls.

US DOE: Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards
US Department of Energy report Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards provides cost-optimized climate specific performance targets for more than 1,000 climate locations. The metrics represent the sweet spot where aggressive carbon reduction and energy efficiencies overlap with cost-effective building solutions. (PDF)
Procedures

Australia Gov: Online Manual On Passive Solar Design
Australian Government site provides detailed online guide to passive solar design.

BCBEC: Passive House Principles & Applications For BC
BC Building Envelope Council online slide show presentation describes principles and applications for passive house design in BC. (PDF)

Buildipedia: Passive Solar Strategies For The Home
Buildipedia describes how to take advantage of cost-effective ways to use passive solar heating to warm a home.

CCHRC: Thermal Mass Study For Cold Climates
Cold Climate Housing Research Center online video summarizes their study of thermal mass to determine its effects on occupant comfort and annual heating load for a typical cold climate residence.

CMHC: Passive Solar Design Features Of Avalon Discovery 3 Home
CMHC fact sheet describes passive design features of EQuilibrium house Avalon Discovery 3, one and one-half-story, detached home built in Red Deer, Alberta. It highlights the use of passive solar design principles, one of the key features that help reduce consumption of non-renewable energy. (PDF)

Custom Home: Passive Building Strategies Every Builder Can Use
Custom Home magazine says even for those not ready to make the jump to a fully passive home, there are steps every builder can take to dramatically boost a home's performance.

EBN: Could Passive House Revolutionize Way We Build?
Environmental Building News says the Passive House standard, imported from Germany, sets a high bar for energy performance in buildings. But some see it as inflexible and inappropriate for the North American climate.

Energy Vanguard: How Much Insulation You Need In A Passive House
Energy Vanguard describes how much insulation you can use and still meet the requirements of the Passive House Institute US.

GBA: All About Thermal Mass
Green Building Advisor describes why interior thermal mass can sometimes help lower energy costs, but in cold climates it won't help much.

GBA: Cost-Effective Passive Solar Design
Green Building Advisor says cost-effective passive solar design includes orienting your house properly, including an adequate amount of south-facing glazing protected by roof overhangs, and including some interior thermal mass.

GBA: Is Passivhaus Right For Cold Canadian Climate?
Green Building Advisor says an owner-builder runs the numbers and wonders whether the strict requirements of the Passivhaus standard make sense for his new house in Saskatchewan.

GBA: Net-Zero-Energy Versus Passivhaus
Green Building Advisor discusses net-zero energy versus Passivhaus approaches to building a superinsulated house, and describes how each has its strengths.

GBA: Q & A On Passivhuas Standards
Green Building Advisor Q & A with Passivhaus Institut founder Wolfgang Feist discusses the five elements of a Passivhaus building, and future challenges for Passivhaus proponents.

GBA: Resilient Design With Passive Solar Heat
Green Building Advisor describes how passive solar design is a key element of creating resilient homes.

GBA: Using Sun For Passive Heating & Daylighting
Green Building Advisor describes how to design around the sun to lower heating and lighting needs. How a house is oriented to the sun has a dramatic impact on heating and cooling costs, the largest energy load in most homes.

Healthy Heating: Building Orientation For Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfort
Healthy Heating describes how to use building orientation for energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

NAPHN: Net Zero Energy Buildings, Passive House + Renewables
North American Passive House Network online ebook Net Zero Energy Buildings, Passive House + Renewables describes features, benefits, issues and considerations for net zero passive house buildings.

NREL: Techniques For Passive Solar Design
National Renewable Energy Laboratory fact sheet explains techniques for passive solar design of houses. (PDF)

Pembina: Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures
Pembina Institute report Accelerating Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures describes state of market, policy developments, and lessons learned from the Passive House movement. (PDF)

PHC: Developers Guide to Passive House Buildings
Passive House Canada online Developers Guide to Passive House Buildings outlines the process and resources that will enable you to become a successful Passive House developer.

PHC: PHPP & WUFI Modeling Tools
Passive Buildings Canada online video discusses the two primary Passivhaus modeling tools, PHPP & WUFI.

Sustainable Sources: Online Guide To Passive Solar Design
Sustainable Sources site provides detailed information on passive solar design, heating & cooling, CSI numbers, considerations, commercial status, implementation issues, and links to more resources.

Vancouver City: Passive Design Tool Kit For Homes
City of Vancouver online Passive Design Toolkit for Homes details strategies for achieving energy efficiency and improved heating comfort through building design. These passive design elements are evaluated for relative cost and effectiveness and can reduce a buildings energy demand by as much as 50 per cent. (PDF)
Product Supply

GBA: Bringing Passive House to Production Building
Green Building Advisor says Passive House doesn’t have to cost more.
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