IT’S A WRAP. Thank you to all who participated in PHCC 2019!  

Sessions are now available for playback in the Online Learning Lab.

Professional Development:

AIBC*: Up to 12 Core LUs / 4 Core LUs for Golden Horseshoe Tour / 3 Core LUs for York Loop Tour
BC Housing: Up to 12 training hours / 4 training hours for Golden Horseshoe Tour/ 3 training hours for York Loop Tour
PHI: 16 Credit Points - ID: V146_2019_CA
OAA: All participants will receive a certificate of attendance for those requesting & self reporting CEUs 
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Breakout Session (HL001) [clear filter]
Thursday, October 17

10:15am EDT

Breakout Session 2: Technical Solutions for Part 9 Buildings
Moderator: Mark Ashby

It Starts with Design
Michael Ingui, Baxt Ingui Architects

We really did learn (and then forgot) most of this in school. Passive House brings it all back and quickly. The essential lesson of shading – siting the house properly – considering how you will service the building – how a few key decisions make all of the difference in the world.
We are a design firm that has bends Passive House to fit our needs only to realize that if we started with the Passive House Consultants early (Pre-SD) that what we learned set our designs free.
No turning back – no do overs – cleaner – easier spaces – worked out and tested so we have the confidence to design better spaces with more ease. The first time!

Schematic Design : Setting up for Success
Lukas Armstrong, Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc.

Achieving PH certification requires consideration of PH strategies from the very start. However, the schematic design must be completed before the first PHPP file can be built. Often the initial PHPP model reveals significant design issues, leading to costly rework and client frustration. This seminar will walk through a number of critical conversations and decisions that can help avoid significant redesign at the end of schematic design. During the seminar we will go through an abridged schematic process for a typical single family home, and review the schematic design process for an existing part 9 and part 3 case study.

Simplified Certification Pilot for Single Family Homes
Cameron Laidlaw, Peel Passive House Consulting
Neil Norris, Passive House Canada
Chris Petit, Regenerative Design

This session will discuss a simplified certification methodology for single family Passive homes with several North American certifiers and PHI representative.

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Neil Norris

Senior Industry Consultant, Passive House Canada
Neil Norris is a building science engineer with over 9 years of experience in the building industry. Neil has focused on the research of the thermal performance of building envelope systems, including for the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide, The Low TEDI Guide and numerous... Read More →

Chris Petit

Principal, Regenerative Design
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Cameron Laidlaw

Peel Passive House Consulting
Cameron comes from a background in energy efficient design and construction. Having completed a Master of Building Science degree, he brings this knowledge to bear in helping to deliver projects that meet the Passive House standard.​At Peel Passive House, Cameron works on both certification... Read More →
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Michael Ingui

Baxt Ingui Architects
Baxt Ingui has brought a high level of design to Passive House through many award-winning projects in the NYC area, creating beautiful homes that are Passive Certified, LEED certified, and NetZero. Baxt Ingui has completed over 7 passive houses including the first Landmark approved... Read More →
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Lukas Armstrong

Principal, Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc.
Lukas is an Architect and Principal at Cover Architecture in Nelson BC. With degrees in Industrial Design and Architecture, Lukas applies a comprehensive set of skills to projects of any scale.Lukas is responsible for the first Certified Multi-family dwelling in Canada, a certified... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
HL001 - Breakout Lecture Hall

12:45pm EDT

Breakout Session 4: It's All in the Details - Part 9 Technical
Moderator: Erika Mayer & Duncan Patterson

Detailing Your Passive House Envelope
Jeremy Clarke, Simple Life Homes
Jonathan Kearns, Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
Ed Marion, Passive House Ontario
Terrell Wong, Stone's Throw Design & Passive Buildings Canada

Those who have designed and built to Passive House standard are well acquainted with the devil in the details. Passive House construction can be highly technical but there are also ways in which passive house construction techniques can be simplified and adopted into common practice. This session will feature a moderated conversation on the top considerations in detailing amongst peers working in the GTA, including a panelized builder, a PH consultant, and two architects. The panel members will discuss their approaches to successfully implement design detailing into construction and provide their insights for best practices on several common Passive House construction scenarios, with an opportunity for audience members to also bring their own high level detailing questions.

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Duncan Patterson

Legalett Canada & Duncan Patterson Architecture
Duncan Patterson is the principal at Duncan Patterson Architecture, a Toronto practice specializing in high-performance homes.Duncan's interest in high-efficiency building techniques led him to become the GTA representative for Legalett Canada, a building products company focused... Read More →
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Ed Marion

Passive House Ontario
Ed Marion is a Passive House Consultant and former builder based out of Oakville, Ontario. Ed spent most of the 2000s working in custom home construction and renovation. During this time he developed a growing awareness that current building practices were not sustainable.  Ed received... Read More →
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Jonathan Kearns

Director & Founding Principal, Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
Jonathan Kearns is a Director and Founding Principal of Kearns Mancini Architects Inc (KMAI). Born in Ireland, he graduated from the National University School of Architecture in 1974. As the firm"s creative leader, Jonathan has led the firm"s major institutional, community, and award-winning... Read More →
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Erika Mayer

475 Building Supply & Passive Buildings Canada
Erika is a product consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply in Ontario and Quebec. With a background in architecture, Erika has been working in high performance buildings for over 15 years. She's excited about getting more people to build better buildings and is always... Read More →
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Jeremy Clarke

Founder, Simple Life Homes
Jeremy is the founder of Simple Life Homes. An avid environmentalist With a passion for building, Jeremy’s efforts are spent working to reduce carbon emissions by providing solutions for the building industry. It was a natural fit to steer his efforts towards the current business... Read More →
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Terrell Wong

Stone's Throw Design & Passive Buildings Canada
Terrell Wong is an architect with over 25 years experience.  Her passion for the environment and design has greatly influenced her career.  In 2006, Terrell lead the winning team to the National Archetype Sustainable House Award.  Their Building Blocks modular home concept was... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
HL001 - Breakout Lecture Hall

2:00pm EDT

Breakout Session 6: All in the Family - Part 9 Case Studies 1
Moderator: Chris Hill

The Pretty River Passive House – Challenges and Solutions
David Hill, Builder & Homeowner

When designing and building a Passive house for the first time there are several challenges that you may be faced with. This presentation brings the audience through the life of the successful Pretty River project, with detailed photos of every stage of the build, along with highlighting the challenges faced when it comes to achieving the rigorous Passive House standard. Having been heavily involved in both the design and construction of the building, homeowner David Hill is the perfect candidate to discuss the dos and don’ts when taking on a project such as this.

Re(de)fining affordability: a PEI Passive House case study
Lorrie Rand, Habit Studio Inc., Passive Buildings Canada

House 7 is a modest, 2 storey, single family home, constructed in rural PEI in 2018 by Trout River Homes. As Trout River Homes' seventh Passive House, the details and construction methods were informed by their experiences on preceding projects. House 7 meets PHI targets but is not a certified project. After construction a SEEFAR case study was done by SRP Canada, analyzing the total cost of home ownership of the house, compared with the same design built to code minimum. Technical details, economic data and projections will be shared by the designer and energy modeler.

Passive House on Reserve
Crystal Sedore, Yale First Nation

Yale First Nation completed 2 certified Passive buildings in 2017 in partnership with Metric Modular. There was a severe housing crisis that needed to be addressed in a hurry. Our tenants are all lower income and our existing homes on reserve were costing up to $800/month to heat. We had to do something fast!

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Lorrie Rand

Design Partner, Habit Studio Inc. / Passive Buildings Canada
Lorrie Rand is co-founder of Habit Studio, a Halifax NS design practice focused on the design of sustainable houses that nurture the senses. Her work integrates principles from the Passive House Standard and Biophilic design principles for exceptional occupant comfort and health... Read More →
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Crystal Sedore

Housing Manager, Yale First Nation
Crystal Sedore is the Housing Manager for Yale First Nation in Hope, British Columbia. She has been working for and on behalf of local First Nations for over 20 years.In partnership with Metric Modular, a modular home construction company located nearby in Agassiz, BC, a 6-plex and... Read More →
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David Hill

Builder, Passive House Canada
Independent, real estate and venture capital experience. Interests include: environmental issues, building, sailing, and outdoor adventure.

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
HL001 - Breakout Lecture Hall

3:45pm EDT

Breakout Session 8: All in the Family - Part 9 Case Studies 2
Moderator:  Pamela Doherty

Infill Passive House Design in Toronto - Challenges and Solutions
Melissa Furukawa, Peel Passive House Consulting
Germain Vaisman, Cool Earth Architecture

The density and spread of already established neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area has resulted in a large quantity of sites that may not be ideal for Passive House design. Infill Passive House projects present new challenges to meeting the Passive House Standard. Key among these are optimizing solar heat gains during the winter, planning constraints, and competing client requirements. This session aims to lead a discussion on the challenges and design solutions for infill Passive House design in Toronto via three case study examples.

Eugenia Lake House
Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting 
William Dewson, Dewson Architects

Eugenia Lake House is a 370 m2 (TFA) Passive House nestled against the shores of beautiful Eugenia Lake in Flesherton, Ontario. This session explores the design challenges and solutions to creating a Passive House that achieves a superior aesthetic and unusual functionality in a demanding climate. Navigating requirements for specific lake views, interconnecting corner sliding doors, a tailored HVAC, a pizza oven, a curved clerestory ceiling and intermittent occupancy required creativity, a fine attention to detail, and a deep commitment to performance. What emerges is a multi-generational home that is a beacon of possibility for the area.

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William Dewson

Principal Architect, Dewson Architects
William Dewson founded Dewson Architects in 1996 with a commitment to design and construct sustainable buildings.  From the beginning, DA’s early projects included harvesting ‘bug kill’ timber for structure and installing photovoltaic and geothermal systems.  With over a dozen... 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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Melissa Furukawa

Peel Passive House Consulting
Melissa is a Passive House Designer and Certifier at Peel Passive House Consulting where she supports the company's certification, consultancy, thermal modelling, and research activities. Melissa completed her Master of Building Science degree at Ryerson University where she learned... Read More →
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Germán Vaisman

Designer and Building Science Specialist, Cool Earth Architecture
German graduated with an architectural degree from the University of Buenos Aires and after working for architectural firms in Argentina, USA and Canada he went back to school to complete a Masters in Building Science at Ryerson University. He specializes in envelope enclosure performance... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
HL001 - Breakout Lecture Hall
Friday, October 18

10:15am EDT

Breakout Session 10: Advancing High-Performance Standards
Moderator: Evelyne Bourchard

Advancing Building Standards
Lisa King, City of Toronto
The City of Toronto is part of a cross-Canada movement among cities to advance energy codes and standards in new and existing buildings to make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. This session will provide an overview of the recent changes in requirements for new construction under the Toronto Green Standard V3, in effect for over one year, and the implied shifts and design implications for the building industry. The session will also highlight how the City plans to tackle emissions from the existing buildings sector. What are some of the emerging trends, challenges and achievements so far? Join the conversation about what you think needs to happen next to advance building standards.

PER Calculation Updates
Neil Norris, Passive House Canada, 
Elena Reyes Bernal, Passive House Institute
Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House
As a greater number of large multi-unit residential projects aim for Passive House Certification, achieving set PER targets can be a challenge. This is especially true for projects with greater occupant density, where appliances, hot water usage and plugs loads are all contained within a smaller treated floor area and where elevators, hallway lighting and other building systems used for normal building operation also need to be factored in. This can create uncertainty as to what types of large residential projects designs can reasonably achieve the PER targets. As such, the Passive House Institute (in collaboration with ZEBx, the City of Vancouver and other partners) are currently developing a new PER target tool to allow for methodical adjustments of the PER targets. This presentation will outline the information behind the PER tool as well as how it can be used in future projects to provide greater assurance that well designed larger multi unit residential buildings can achieve certification.

Exploring Passive House Technologies in the College Sector
Shannon Pirie, School of Architectural Technology at Sheridan College
The rapid pace at which building science evolves provides many opportunities for faculty in the college Architectural Technology sector to expand the boundaries of standard course content. This session will present a unique design-build project that was completed in 2017 at Sheridan College in Mississauga. Beginning with a virtual build that included story-boarding, materials research, and energy calculations, and ending with a day of construction in partnership with our Skilled Trades faculty, students were led on a journey highlighting Passive House methodology. The purpose of this session is to reinforce the relationship between the Passive House community and post-secondary education.

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Elena Reyes Bernal

Researcher, Passive House Institute
Elena Reyes Bernal joined the team of the Passive House Institute in 2016. She does consulting and certification of buildings, coordinates the accreditation of external building certifiers and conducts workshops. She has also participated in international cooperation projects to implement... 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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Lisa King

Senior Policy Planner, City of Toronto
Lisa King is a Senior Policy Planner for the City of Toronto, City Planning Division. As a sustainability practitioner for over 20 years in the public and private sectors, Lisa has worked to integrate sustainability principles into land use and strategic planning, policy and processes... Read More →
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Shannon Pirie

Professor & Research Coordinator, School of Architectural Technology at Sheridan College
Shannon Pirie is a graduate of Carleton (B.Arch) and McGill (M.Arch) Universities, and defended her PhD dissertation on the Idea of Home at l’Université de Montréal in February 2015. In addition to teaching, Shannon is the Research Coordinator for the School of Architectural Technology... Read More →
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Neil Norris

Senior Industry Consultant, Passive House Canada
Neil Norris is a building science engineer with over 9 years of experience in the building industry. Neil has focused on the research of the thermal performance of building envelope systems, including for the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide, The Low TEDI Guide and numerous... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
HL001 - Breakout Lecture Hall

12:45pm EDT

Breakout 12: Building for the Future
Moderator: Ted Kesik

Embodied carbon and real zero carbon building
Chris Magwood, Endeavour Centre

If we are attempting to prevent runaway climate change, our buildings must strike a balance between embodied carbon emissions – created during the harvesting and manufacturing of materials – and operational emissions. There's a lot to consider, including the carbon intensity of the fuel source, the carbon intensity of the materials and the operational efficiency. This presentation compares multiple scenarios for the same four-story, eight-unit residential building, and shows how the same building can either be a climate change driver or a climate change cure by striking the right carbon balance at the design stage.

Resilience Planning in Passive House Design
Alexander Hay, Risk, Resilience & Security Planner, Southern Harbour
Bala Gnanam, Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto)

The combination of Passive House with resilience planning allows one to realise far greater benefit than their sum. To be sustainable, you must be resilient. A high performance envelope enables resilience by buying time when resources are most critical during an event. Conversely, resilience planning identifies what design arrangements are required where to what purpose. High performance in practice is realized through a synergy of resilience planning and building/ envelope design.

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Alexander Hay

Risk, Resilience & Security Planner, Southern Harbour
Founding Principal of Southern Harbour Ltd, based in Toronto, Alec was previously the Resilience & Security leader at DIALOG, before which he served 25 years in the British Royal Engineers. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, the Royal School of Military Engineering and the... Read More →
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Bala Gnanam

Vice President of Energy, Environment & Strategic Partnerships, Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Toronto Area
Bala Gnanam is the VP – Energy, Environment & Strategic Partnerships with the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto). He is responsible for managing and facilitating the development and delivery of educational contents, programs, and initiatives... Read More →
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Ted Kesik

Professor of Building Science, University of Toronto
Ted Kesik is a professor of building science in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a career focus on the integration of professional practice, research and teaching. He entered the construction industry in 1974 and has... Read More →
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Chris Magwood

Director, Endeavour Centre
Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, carbon sequestering, healthy, beautiful and inspiring buildings. Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario.Chris has... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
HL001 - Breakout Lecture Hall

2:00pm EDT

Breakout Session 14: Making it Happen - Moving procurement forward
Moderator: Deborah Byrne

Streetsville Library : A Feasibility Study 
Shalini Srivastava-Modi, City of Mississauga

The City of Mississauga targets to achieve massive Corporate GHG reduction by 2050. In order to keep working towards this goal, several projects are being evaluated; one of those was the feasibility of retrofitting Streetsville Library, a standalone building, to EnerPHIT standards and eventually Net-Zero by installing solar panels on the site.
This paper presents the entire process of this undertaking and explains why this Feasibility Study was not deemed successful. The discussion focuses on road blocks and lessons to be learnt to work with the vast pool of existing municipal buildings that are inefficient.

IPD Integrated Project Delivery as a procurement model for Passive House Project
Joseph Day, EllisDon Corporation
Nigel Tai, Diamond Schmitt

Passive House projects are a result of carefully engineered design (consultant input) executed with high-quality site control (constructor input). Collaboration between the two-halves of our industry is fundamental.
IPD, a new project procurement model in Canada, is an inclusive process where all disciplines work as one, creating faster delivery times, lower costs, and a more enjoyable process for the entire team, including the owner. It aligns with the necessary components to a successful PH project:

  • Front end engineering design;
  • Early trade input and constructability review;
  • High-quality construction;
  • Collaborative environment of learning and innovation;
  • Deep understanding of project objectives across disciplines

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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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Nigel Tai

Senior Associate, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Nigel Tai is a Senior Associate with Diamond Schmitt Architects. He is a licensed member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Certified Passive House Designer, a LEED Accredited Professional and a LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt Certified... Read More →
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Joseph Day

Senior Project Manager, Buildings Division, EllisDon Corporation
Joseph Day is a Senior Project Manager in the Buildings Division of EllisDon. He has 29 years of experience in the industry on many highly technical and challenging projects – hospital renovations, research laboratories and complex phasing and logistics within operating buildings... Read More →
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Shalini Srivastava-Modi

Energy Management Specialist, City of Mississauga
Shalini Srivastava-Modi is a sustainability enthusiast working for the City of Mississauga as ‘Energy Management Specialist'. Shalini completed her Bachelor of Technology in Building Construction, followed by Masters of Science in Energy Management. She worked for Engineering Consulting... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
HL001 - Breakout Lecture Hall