Passive House Conference in October 2015!

Keynote Confirmed for North American Passive House Conference 2015

Tickets now available to NAPHN, CanPHI West and IPHA members

As you may know, CanPHI West are the proud hosts of this year’s North American Passive House Network conference in Vancouver, October 1-2.

Diane + Centre for Climate ChangeWe are excited to announce that Diana Ürge-Vorsatz – Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy – will give the keynote presentation. Diana has been acknowledged for her contribution to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and her keynote will be invaluable to understanding the role of Passive House in tackling climate change.

Joining Diana are world-class speakers who will share their knowledge and experience on advanced Passive House techniques, regulation and policy making, as well presentations for those new to Passive House.

Confirmed speakers:  
Dieter Herz, Herz & Lang – winners of the Passive House award for “Office and Special Use Building” in Germany
Tomas O’Leary, Passive House Academy – designer of the first Certified Passive House in the English speaking world
Jonah Stanford, NEEDBASED – award-winning designer of the first Passive House in New Mexico
Scott Kennedy, Cornerstone Architecture – currently designing two multi-family Passive House projects in Vancouver
Mark Bernhardt, Bernhardt Contracting – builders of Canada’s first market Passive House condominiums in Victoria

The conference includes a trade show dedicated to exhibitors in the Passive House market, project tours, socials, networking events, plus workshops and courses pre and post conference.

Tickets are available now to NAPHN, CanPHI West and IPHA members, and will be available to non-members from June 1st. Non-members can also register their interest on the conference website.

NAPHN15 brings together a global community of architects, designers, builders, suppliers, government officials and policy analysts to experience a world-class program of Passive House presentations and workshops, plus networking opportunities, social events and more in the City of Glass on the Pacific. – See more at:

The Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) is a registered non-profit educational organization, which is 100% Canadian-owned and operated. We provide Canadians with the 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. We’re actively training and connecting people and organizations who wish to radically improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings in this country, and we support Canadian industry in developing building materials and components of the highest performance and quality, as required by the Passive House approach.

3CSEP is an interdisciplinary research and educational center whose mission is to foster solutions to climate change and sustainable energy challenges, while advancing the implementation of development agendas. The center conducts its research at both the global and the regional/local levels, using selected regions and localities as case studies. 3CSEP also provides a platform for academic, outreach and educational activities in these fields.

Benefits of Passive House as seen on the website of the Canadian Passive House Institute Website from Vancouver, BC.

  • Much better indoor air quality  comfortable humidity levels, low CO2 levels because of comfort ventilation, with optimum ventilation flowrates calculated for each room
  • Increased thermal comfort – highest level of interior comfort of any building, with all surfaces equally warm (including the windows), no drafts (ever), no setbacks, no temperature swings
  • Superior sound insulation – extraordinary airtightness levels, triple-pane glass and thick insulation also provide superior sound insulation  Passive Houses are very quiet indoors!
  • Almost-unbelievable energy efficiency  8090% better than standard construction, with simply no need for a conventional heating system
  • More durable detailed and advanced design, better building components, proven building science
  • Almost no maintenance very simple mechanical systems compared to normal construction
  • Resilient  the most resilient construction standard anywhere, which maintains livable conditions even during power or fuel outages, relies very little on any mechanical systems
  • Sustainable  because of very low energy consumption and durable construction
  • Versatile Passive Houses can be built in any climate zone and applied to any building type, utilizing a wide variety of building materials and methods
  • Internationally embraced  already over 40,000 units in more than 35 different countries … with numbers growing rapidly from China to Abu Dhabi to Alaska


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