Victoria, B.C. - Passive House Canada is giving the Vancouver construction industry an opportunity to take a "deep dive" into the latest in passive house design.
Passive House Deep Dive is a one-day event taking place Oct. 31 where attendees can explore the latest developments in high-performance, energy-efficient buildings at the University of British Columbia's Robson Square.
The event will focus on current design and construction challenges, emerging solutions and best practices in high-performance building standards.
With many cities moving towards more energy efficient practices, passive house could have a large role to play in the future of buildings, explains a release. A high-performance building can use up to 90 per cent less heating and cooling energy than traditional construction. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps owners and developers comply with Vancouver's Zero Emissions Building Plan and the new British Columbia Energy Step Code.
"With building codes changing to target high-performance energy efficiency, it's important industry understand the benefits and requirements in designing and constructing these kinds of buildings," said Passive House Canada chairperson Scott Kennedy in the release. "Passive House Canada is helping industry prepare for that future."
In addition to the Passive House Deep Dive, Passive House Canada offers dozens of courses each year for building-industry members.
More than a dozen new high-performance buildings are currently in design or under construction in the Vancouver area. They include family homes, apartment and condo buildings, and commercial, community, institutional and mixed-use buildings.