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Breakout Session (AA112) [clear filter]
Thursday, October 17

10:15am EDT

Breakout Session 1: PH On Campus - Part 3 Case Studies
Moderator: Cillian Collins

University of Victoria Student Housing and Dining Project: A Case Study in Large-scale Passive House Design
David Adams, University of Victoria
Kaz Bremner, Perkins + Will
Chris Doel, Integral Group
Marine Sanchez, RDH Building Science

With a deep commitment to climate action and greenhouse gas mitigation, the University of Victoria has directed that its new 782-bed student housing and dining project be designed to the Passive House standard. Realizing this level of performance requires focus, creativity, and constant evaluation of performance measures. The Residence is among the few projects aiming to achieve Passive House certification with a fully equipped commercial kitchen. The project consists of two buildings including a 600-seat dining hall, a commercial kitchen (8,700 meals/day), meeting spaces and academic classrooms. The design adopts a wide range of measures to reduce the high-energy intensity embedded with the kitchen operation, including high-efficiency ventilation design, kitchen layout optimization and utilization of waste heat sources. Join Marine and Kaz in this conference session and gain practical guidance on how to incorporate energy-efficient measures into large buildings and how some challenges are not a barrier to delivering PH buildings.

Case Study: Leading by Example: Humber College Building Nx Retrofit
Holly Jordan, B+H Architects
Steven Murray, Morrison Hershfield
Rui Raposo, Humber College

Building Nx is undergoing a deep energy retrofit at Humber College’s North Campus. The retrofitted 1980’s building, a 5-storey office space for faculty, is registered for both Passive House EnerPHit and Net Zero Carbon Building – Design certifications. The scope of the project included a complete upgrade of the existing glass block and insulated metal panel system and replacement of existing mechanical and electrical systems for an ultrahigh-performance envelope and energy efficient BAS. Project representatives (architect, building envelope specialist, and owner) will discuss design, technical performance, and owner experience to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Passive House EnerPHit achievement.

Passive House Premium Erne Campus: Inspiring the Future of Education 
Barry McCarron, South West College

​​​​South West College (SWC) is delighted to present the development of our new college campus on the site of the old Erne Hospital located in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The building is currently in the construction stage and has progressed significantly since works began on site in April 2018. This new 7,025m2 (TFA) further education college campus building is specified to the Passive House Premium standard. The existing campus building (8,898m2) which uses 152 kWh/m2/year and used 100,000L of heating oil in 2017 at a cost of ~£55,000.00 pounds. This new building represents a 97% reduction in energy, which will equate to ~£52,000 per year in heating savings. This new campus building from South West College represents an excellent demonstration of a proactive approach to energy efficient building design against the backdrop of the imperative for zero energy buildings.

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Kaz Bremner

Project Manager, Perkins + Will
An architect with Perkins+Will"s Vancouver studio, Kaz Bremner has a portfolio of work across a variety of project types, including commercial office towers, mixed-use residential, post-secondary education, and recreational projects.As Project Manager for the University of Victoria... Read More →
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Chris Doel

Principal, Integral Group
For over 15 years, Chris has been passionately working with clients to deliver cost-effective and sustainable mechanical engineering solutions. Chris" areas of expertise include detailed mechanical system design of high performance buildings, and neighbourhood energy master planning... Read More →
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David Adams

Energy Manager, University of Victoria
David Adams has been working as the University of Victoria Energy Manager for 4 years. A certified energy manager, his role is to develop and execute the campus Strategic Energy Master Plan, which involves implementing energy and greenhouse gas conversation projects, enhancing the... Read More →
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Marine Sanchez

Passive House Specialist, RDH Building Science
Being part of Canada’s highly experienced Passive House professionals circle, Marine leads RDH’s Passive House consulting services in Eastern Canada. She is one of the few PHI-accredited Building Certifiers in the country and joined RDH’s specialist Passive House team to focus... Read More →
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Rui Raposo

Project Manager, Humber College
Rui Raposo, Project Manager with Humber College, is an Architect with expertise in Building Science. Rui is LEED Green Associate certified and holds a Master’s degree from IST- Portugal in Architecture. His research was based on retrofitting houses to more energy efficient buildings... Read More →
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Steven Murray

Director, Building Science, Morrison Hershfield
Steve is a Senior Building Science Specialist in the Building Specialty Services group. He has broad professional experience in condition assessment, investigation of building envelope failures, rehabilitation design, structural repair, construction documentation, contract administration... Read More →
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Holly Jordan

Senior Project Manager, Principal, B+H Architects
Holly Jordan joined B+H in 2011 and has nearly twenty years of experience in the field. She is the former Vice-Chair on the Canada Green Building Council – the Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) Leadership Board and former Chair of its Toronto-based Advocacy Committee. She also... Read More →
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Barry McCarron

Senior Business Development Officer, South West College
Barry Mc Carron is the Senior Business Development Officer for South West College Innotech Centre. A key part of this role includes the reasonability for the award winning CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies) Pavilion at South West College in Northern Ireland.Barry... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
AA112 - Breakout Lecture Hall

12:45pm EDT

Breakout Session 3: Technical Solutions for Part 3 Buildings
Moderator: Marine Sanchez

Functional Space Programming to PHPP with BIM
Kelly Fisher, Kearns Mancini Architects

Through the implementation of BIM for all aspects of project work, from Schematic Design to Passive House Energy modeling, efficiencies to the design process can be achieved.

Working alongside an iterative design development process, allows designers to understand and evaluate the impact design changes can have, as they relate to PHPP Verification. Through the creation of Passive House BIM Content used to quantify and report data for PHPP inputs, significant efficiencies can be made in data collection and entry which is favorable for quick design decisions and energy analysis to be evaluated prior to full Architectural design revision and cost analysis.

Factory assembly: the new way to build PH Assemblies 
Deborah Byrne, Kearns Mancini Architects
Joshua Fede, Coreslab Structure 
Irene Rivera, Kearns Mancini Architects 

The YWCA Project is the first mid-rise precast Passive House building in Canada. The concrete precast panels offer an affordable solution that in one envelope achieves air tightness and continuous insulation. This eliminates the need for multiple trades, reducing the time on site and allows for higher quality finish by manufacturing most of the major building components off site. Factory assembly buildings can be the future of PH envelopes. However, in order to succeed, all the members of the team need to be involved and work together from the beginning.

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Irene Rivera

Architect, Kearns Mancini Architects
Irene joined Kearns Mancini in November 2017. Irene holds a Masters degree in architecture and urbanism from Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona where she focused on high efficiency architecture and Passive House systems. During her degree she studied abroad in Venice... Read More →
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Joshua Fede

Coreslab Structures
Graduated from McMaster University in 2016 and began working for Coreslab Structures as a Technical Sales Consultant. Outside of my day to day responsibilities, my goal for the last 3 years has been to steer Coreslab into the forefront of technology and innovation within our industry... Read More →
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Deborah Byrne

COO, Director of Passive House Design, Kearns Mancini Architects
Chartered Engineer, Ireland, a certified Passive House Designer, 2010 and a certified Passive House Trainer, 2012. Deborah was the Founding Director of Passive House Association, Ireland, Founding Director Ontario PH Group, Board Representative North American Passive House Network... Read More →
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Kelly Fisher

Director of BIM and Building Performance, Kearns Mancini Architects
Kelly is a vital member of Kearns Mancini’s BIM Standards & Passive House Teams. Having started her career in the construction industry as a millworker, allowed her to develop a keen eye for detail, in particular millwork components and construction. As Director of BIM and Building... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
AA112 - Breakout Lecture Hall

2:00pm EDT

Breakout Session 5: EnerPHit Towers - Case Studies
Moderator: Andrew Peel

Riverside Tower Retrofit
Andrew Peel, Peel Passive Consulting

The 255 Riverside Drive Tower retrofit is North America’s first live-in tower EnerPHit project. The challenges of meeting EnerPHit on a large building are compounded by residents staying during construction work. Learn how the team has approached the design and construction to reimagine what’s possible in retrofitting an existing tower.

Market Transformation - Kickstarting Large-Scale EnerPHit Projects in Ontario (Ken Soble Tower) 
Ya'el Santopinto, ERA Architects
Cara Sloat, Reinbold Engineering Group
Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects

Chris Van Dongen, Entuitive Corporation
Joshua Vanwyck, JMV Consulting

Using the 500 MacNab Tower Renewal EnerPHit project as a case study, this session will examine considerations related to: design; approvals; procurement; and construction as compared to a traditional retrofit. Panelists will include the Architect, Passive House Consultant, Mechanical Engineer and Construction Manager. Since large-scale EnerPHit projects are still uncommon in the Ontario market, this session will outline learnings, challenges and recommendations to aid building owners, design teams and constructors in engaging in EnerPHit projects in Ontario.

Canada's Largest EnerPHit Study: Twin Towers, North Vancouver, BC
Jeff Clarke-Janzen and Ben Mills, HiH Energy

If implemented, Twin Towers in North Vancouver would be the world’s largest multifamily EnerPHit project (combined 26 stories and TFA of 9,760 m2). HiH Energy and Morrison Hershfield performed a feasibility study for BC Housing & Affordable Housing to outline a retrofit pathway to meet EnerPHit requirements as well as complete operational de-carbonization. At 42 years of age, the envelope components require attention and mechanical systems are end of life. HiH will discuss the approach to this challenging problem, results (including 3rd party costing) and recommendations to assist other groups to get the most out of their EnerPHit project.

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Chris Van Dongen

Associate, Entuitive Corporation
Chris is a LEED-accredited professional with a specialty in Building Science. He brings his 11 years of sustainable design expertise to a wide range of work in the institutional, residential and commercial sectors, with a focus on roofing and building envelope renewal. He has participated... Read More →
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Ya’el Santopinto

Director of Research & Partnerships, Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal | ERA Architects
Ya’el Santopinto OAA MRAIC is the Director of Research and Partnerships at the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R), a non-profit organization advocating for supportive policy frameworks around the preservation of Canada’s affordable apartment housing supply. In this role... Read More →
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Graeme Stewart

Principal, Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal | ERA Architects
Graeme Stewart OAA MRAIC CIP RPP CAHP is a Toronto based architect and urban planner. Graeme is a principal with ERA Architects, where he has contributed to many of the Toronto region’s leading urban design, cultural planning, and revitalization projects.Graeme is also a founding... Read More →
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Joshua Vanwyck

Owner, JMV Consulting
Joshua Monk Vanwyck brings over 10 years of building science, sustainable building design, facilitation and retrofit experience to each of his projects.With experience in academic, institutional, residential and public buildings across Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Switzerland... Read More →
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Cara Sloat

Associate, Reinbold Engineering Group
Cara Sloat is a Toronto-based mechanical engineer who brings more than 17 years of mechanical design experience to her clients and their projects.  Having started her career building low-energy homes across Ontario, she has focused on design for multi-unit residential and retail... Read More →
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Andrew Peel

Principal, Peel Passive Consulting
Andrew’s primary areas of expertise are in low carbon buildings and renewable energy. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, program management, authoring technical and non-technical articles, course and lecture delivery, and technical research.Andrew... Read More →
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Ben Mills

Principal, HiH Energy
Ben Mills is a Professional Mechanical Engineer who has provided design and project management services on projects from First Nations community centres to hospitals and university buildings. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Designer, LEED Accredited Professional... Read More →
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Jeff Clarke-Janzen

Energy Operations Manager, HiH Energy
Jeff Clarke-Janzen is an Energy Operations Manager who provides on-site energy assessment management as well as delivering Passive House energy modeling through PHPP. He is a certified Passive House Designer & Tradesperson and a graduate of UBC’s Wood Products Processing Program... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
AA112 - Breakout Lecture Hall

3:45pm EDT

Breakout Session 7: Occupant Health & Comfort
Moderator: Michael Lam

The Application of the Passive House standard to Health Care Facilities: Lessons Learned from a Feasibility Study and a Post Occupancy Evaluation
Ghazal Ebrahimi & Alex Hutton, Fraser Health Authority

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has been looking for ways to build facilities that perform beyond LEED Gold, which is the provincial mandate in BC. As part of this effort, a Passive House feasibility study was conducted for a residential care facility in Vancouver. The results of this study will be discussed and energy, carbon, and cost related findings will be compared with a LEED Gold scenario. The presenters will also explain how a post occupancy evaluation of another of VCH’s Passive House facility helped the organization to recognize other co-benefits of Passive House such as occupants’ health and future climate adaptation.

Panelists: Marianne Touchie, Kady Cowan

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Kady Cowan

Energy Business Partnerships Lead, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Kady leads the Energy Business Partnerships team at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario. Previously, Kady was Director of Environmental Sustainability Solutions at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina one of the largest public, not-for-profit hospital... Read More →
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Marianne Touchie

Assistant Professor, Departments of Civil & Mineral Engineering and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
Marianne Touchie joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in July 2016 and is cross-appointed in the Departments of Civil & Mineral Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. She completed her BASc (2009) and PhD (2014) in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Upon completion of her PhD, Marianne became the Building Research Manager at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.Dr... Read More →
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Ghazal Ebrahimi

Sustainability Consultant, High Performance Buildings, Fraser Health Authority
Ghazal is a sustainability consultant for high performance buildings at Lower Mainland Facilities Management, a department that manages the facilities of the four health care organizations in Lower Mainland, BC. Ghazal holds a doctoral degree from University of British Columbia (UBC... Read More →
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Alex Hutton

Energy Manager, Fraser Health Authority
Alex is a Professional Engineer with over 18 years of experience in the sustainable building design field. She specializes in sustainability and change management with a focus in the past five years on energy and carbon management within the healthcare sector. She is responsible for... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
AA112 - Breakout Lecture Hall
Friday, October 18

10:15am EDT

Breakout Session 9: Technical Solutions for Multi-Family Buildings
Moderator: Dan Gronross

Balancing Passive House with OBC in Multi-Residential Buildings
Niall Byrne and Christian Tirona, Toronto Design Studio

This presentation will provide an overview of the MEP system design for a Passive House Multi-Residential Community Housing project in Windsor, ON. Focusing on the system selection rationale and how the Passive House requirements can be integrated with OBC needs as well as the MEP strategies, this presentation will also touch on the challenging plug-load, DHW and occupancy rate considerations for community housing projects and its impact on the primary energy demand requirements of Passive House.

Lessons learned from overheating at a multi-unit Passive House residence in BC

Monte Paulsen, RDH Building Science

Passive House and other high-performance multi-unit buildings are more prone to overheating than single-family residences. This session will review lessons learned after an overheating incident at a multi-unit building in Northern BC: What design errors contributed to the incident, what operator choices contributed to the incident, what steps will be taken to avoid a repeat of the incident.

Free Cooling options for Passive House Multifamily Residential Applications

Hugh Crowther, Swegon

The outstanding thermal performance of a Passive House envelope can cause a multifamily building to require cooling at ambient temperatures as low as 0 C. Introducing mechanical cooling to resolve over heating will make it almost impossible to achieve the energy performance goals for the project when it is considered how many BIN hours there are between 0 and 25C. This program will review current methodologies being used on a range of PH multifamily projects to achieve free cooling by leveraging the ventilation system and apartment control systems. Integrating free cooling with mechanical air conditioning will also be discussed including control algorithms.

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Monte Paulsen

Associate, Passive House Specialist, RDH Building Science
Monte Paulsen is among Canada’s most experienced Passive House professionals. He leads a multi-city Passive House team that has consulted to or certified more than 70 projects – totaling four million square feet – including homes, offices, affordable mid-rise and luxury hig... Read More →
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Hugh Crowther

Vice President, Engineering, Swegon
Hugh has over 30 years’ experience in the application, design and commissioning of applied HVAC systems and is an expert on large HVAC system design, high performance buildings and sustainable buildings. He has lectured on system design all over the world. Hugh is a Professional... Read More →
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Niall Byrne

Associate, Integral Group – Toronto Design Studio
Recognizing the importance of integrated and sustainable design in the built environment, Niall brings a broad understanding of building envelope systems to each project. Passionate about improving building performance, Niall’s approach is rooted in the philosophy that passive and... Read More →
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Christian Tirona

Mechanical Designer, Integral Group – Toronto Design Studio
Christian is experienced in managing project timelines and responding to technical and financial queries related to a project. He has an invaluable amount of expertise working on a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and institutional projects. Christian’s experience and knowledge... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
AA112 - Breakout Lecture Hall

12:45pm EDT

Breakout Session 11: Detailing Big Buildings
Moderator: Sandra Rohler

Review of Certified Passive House Details for Commercial Buildings
Peter Barrett, Dörken Systems Inc.
Alejandra Nieto, Rockwool

Designing to Passive House standard with steel studs and mass type assemblies requires increased attention to thermal bridging and air tightness detailing. To assist designers and builders in achieving passive house enclosure targets, working with Passive House Academy and Passive House Institute, a series of certified details and calculations have been developed using stone wool insulation for commercial type buildings. This session will examine thermal-bridge free details for both steel stud and mass wall types, discuss proven thermally efficient insulation attachment methods, and review air tightness strategies using vapour permeable water resistive /air barrier membranes.

A Design Guide for Passive House: Estimating the Efficiency of High Performance Non-combustible Wall Assemblies
Thomas Moore, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

With the combination of multiple cladding products and back-up walls it has become challenging for the PH consultant to estimate the effective thermal resistance of wall assemblies and make informed modeling assumptions early in design. To anticipate the thermal efficiency ‘de-rate’ of non-combustible assemblies and to assist the development of a PHPP a supporting wall guide has been prepared utilizing 3-D heat transfer modeling. This wall guide captures assembly variables such as back-up wall, attachments, shelf angles, and unique thermal bridges. It informs PHPP users with effective thermal efficiency values and helps make Passive House more approachable at scale.

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Peter Barrett

Product & Marketing Manager, Dörken Systems Inc.
Peter Barrett is the Product Manager and Marketing Manager for Dörken Systems Inc., and has been with the company for over 10 years. His involvement with the design community and building materials industry spans over 25 years. Peter holds a BA (Hons.) from Queen’s University and... Read More →
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Thomas Moore

Passive House Consultant and Building Systems Analyst, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Thomas Moore is a Passive House consultant and Building Systems Analyst at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. He possesses four years of experience in the building science field, and focuses on advanced energy modeling, Passive House design consulting, and building performance analysis... Read More →
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Alejandra Nieto

R&D Project Manager, Rockwool
Alejandra Nieto is the R&D Project Manager at ROCKWOOL North America and a Certified Passive House Consultant. Her role includes conceptualizing and managing applied research and development projects related to advancing the knowledge base of full enclosure performance for industry... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
AA112 - Breakout Lecture Hall

2:00pm EDT

Breakout Session 13: An exploration of Carbon Friendly Multi Family Projects
Moderator: Scott Kennedy

Radiance Cohousing – Collaborating to Build Passivhaus in Saskatoon
Michael Nemeth, Bright Buildings

Radiance Cohousing is a 9-unit townhouse-style cohousing development located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Completed in the fall of 2018, it’s is on track to becoming Canada’s first Passivhaus certified cohousing project. Residents worked together to manage the development of their own homes. Sustainability and building community were priorities for the group. This case study will explore the features of the project including:
  • participated in wood-fibre insulation pilot, fastening 28cm of low-embodied carbon rigid insulation onto 2×6 walls insulated with mineral wool (R60)
  • Canadian manufactured Passivhaus-certified windows, oriented for solar gain
  • each unit served by a Passivhaus-certified ERV for constant fresh air. A centralized air-source heat pump system (VRF) provides heating and cooling for all the units.
  • with a compact, multi-family built form, cohousing complements Passivhaus well

Platforms for Life: New Models for Affordable Net Zero Projects
Clayton Blackman, LWPAC
Troy Grant, Standing Stone Developments
Monte Paulsen, RDH Building Science
​​​​Platforms-for-Life is a generative mixed-use urban housing system for sustainable carbon neutral buildings, with a primary focus on affordability while accommodating evolving desires and needs of individuals, families, and communities. It is systematically driven by digital design, customization, adaptation, automation and collaboration.
Corvette Landing is a 12-storey development designed to transition the still low-density Township of Esquimalt BC. Planned and developed as a prefabricated mass-timber hybrid building, it combines a low carbon footprint with a high level of livability and expedited construction.
The presentation will discuss the convergence of design, systems building, Passive House, digitally assisted prefabrication and automation with sound economics.

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Clayton Blackman

Director of Sustainability, Intelligent City & LWPAC
Clayton Blackman is an architect and passive house designer based in Vancouver BC. His expertise lies at the syncline of sustainability, ecological building systems, and building strong communities through design. He has 10 years experience on prefabricated timber applications in... Read More →
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Monte Paulsen

Associate, Passive House Specialist, RDH Building Science
Monte Paulsen is among Canada’s most experienced Passive House professionals. He leads a multi-city Passive House team that has consulted to or certified more than 70 projects – totaling four million square feet – including homes, offices, affordable mid-rise and luxury hig... Read More →
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Troy Grant

Standing Stone Developments
Troy Grant has over 30 years of experience in the Development and Construction Industry. With project management experience in the Canadian Arm Forces, Strugeon County, Landrex Land Developments and several development companies. He currently is Vice President of Sierra Lane and most... Read More →
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Michael Nemeth

Bright Buildings
Michael Nemeth is a mechanical consulting engineer living in Saskatoon. In 2013, Michael started Bright Buildings to help others build to the Passivhaus standard. Michael and his wife Shannon Dyck are co-founders of Radiance Cohousing, a collaborative, 9-unit housing development designed... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
AA112 - Breakout Lecture Hall