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

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)

BD&C: 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.

Brookfield: Symons Gate Passive Haus
Brookfield Residential has opened the doors to the first passive house built by a major Alberta builder. While it appears to be a typical home, at 2,500 sq. ft., with three bedrooms and two baths, it is anything but typical. It has no furnace and uses 90 percent less energy than the typical home.

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)

Canadian Contractor: Energy Efficiency Certification Programs for New Homes, Part 1
Canadian Contractor describes energy efficiency certification programs for new homes. Part One discusses Passive House standards.

Canadian Contractor: Towards Passive House, Part 3
Canadian Contractor features Part 3 of their series on how the Passive House arrived in Canada.

CCHRC: Role of Thermal Mass in Passive Solar Design
Cold Climate Housing Research Center describes the role of thermal mass in passive solar design. (PDF)

CleanTechnica: Basics of Passive Solar House Design
Clean Technica describes the basics of passive solar house design including orientation, design elements, and materials.

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%?

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)

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.

Fine Homebuilding: Cost-Effective Passive Houses
Fine Homebuilding describes plans for affordable super-insulated homes based on solid building science research.

Fine Homebuilding: Passive Solar Design
Fine Homebuilding describes the Net Zero Escape project, and architect Peter Pfeiffer shares his thoughts on climate-responsive design.

Fine Homebuilding: What Are Passive Houses?
Fine Homebuilding says these high-performance building standards and certification guidelines help architects and builders create comfortable, super-energy-efficient houses.

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: Taking a Tour of Flatrock Passive
Green Building Advisor describes how this house is more than a set of plans and a bunch of numbers on paper.

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.

GEF: Calgary Passive House Runs on Sunshine, Good to -30
Green Energy Futures describes the Symonds Passive House in Calgary. It is 90% more energy efficient, solar powered and built out of solid wood (cross-laminated timber) and one of the most beautiful super energy efficient homes they've seen.

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

HBC: Passive Houses Open in Vancouver
Home Builder Canada says three Passive standard houses held tours over the Remembrance Day weekend in Metro Vancouver.

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: Passive House Affordability Competes with Mainstream Construction
Passive Buildings Canada says the Dunvegan Passive House in Halifax presents good competition for the code built houses as it is cost comparable while demonstrating cutting edge energy performance.

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.

Pembina Institute: First Certified Passive House in Saskatchewan
Pembina Institute says Harold Orr, a pioneer of the passive house movement, witnessed the first certified home in Saskatchewan, 39 years later.

PHC: Langley Queen Mary Passive House
Passive House Canada says the Queen Mary Passive House in Langley was designed to be future proofed, making it not only resilient in the face of climate change but also attractive from a marketing perspective for decades to come.

PHC: Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Passive House Project
Passive House Canada describes a construction site tour of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Passive House project.

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.

Tree Hugger: In Praise of Invisible Sustainability in Saskatchewan
Tree Hugger says in 1977, a team of clever architects and engineers built Saskatchewan Conservation House which had a compact design, continuous super-insulation, high-efficiency mechanical ventilation and summer shading. They had been asked to design a solar-powered house but Harold Orr wrote that they "came to the conclusion that solar heating of a home in Saskatchewan was not appropriate" -- so instead, they came up with the simpler, passive approach.

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

Peel: Online Passive House Course
Peel School of Passive House online course shows participants how to use the Passive House Planning Package for residential building design and certification.

PHC: Passive House Canada Online Learning Platform
Passive House Canada new online learning platform will give you access to a growing library of educational offerings featuring live webinars, recorded sessions, and online resources to access at your convenience. Topics are customized to meet your learning needs as a Passive House professional working in Canada.

PHC: Passive House Courses & Training Offerings
This online Education Brochure provides industry professionals with outlines for courses and training offered through Passive House Canada. (PDF)
Industry Information

CD&C: Canada's Top 10 Passive House Leaders
Canadian Design and Construction Report says these Canadian Passive House leaders are turning environmental sustainability concepts into efficient and comfortable buildings.

Construction Canada: Passive House Goes To Work
Construction Canada says the benefits of high-performance buildings are being recognized by owners, designers, and policy-makers alike. This led to an uptake in Passive House design, as it is widely recognized as the most rigorous energy-based standard in the construction industry today.

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.

NAPHN: Exploring Bright Spots of Passive House Policy
North American Passive House Network online Policy Resource Guide shows the adoption of the Passive House standard across North America over the past decade has not been uniform, linear nor without challenges, but its uptake is now accelerating rapidly.

Passive House Canada: The Four Imperatives
Passive House Canada says achieving the four imperatives in relation to buildings offers many benefits beyond mitigating climate change, including economic development, health, resiliency and affordability. Canada is uniquely positioned to excel in this endeavor with our solid policy framework, regulatory system and highly skilled workforce. (PDF)

PBC: 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.

Passive House Accelerator: Passive House Weekly Newsletter
Passive House Accelerator publishes Passive House Weekly, a new curated newsletter compiled to bring you the perspectives, insights, and lessons learned from the Passive House and high-performance building community.

Passive House Accelerator: Resource Site on Passive Homes
Passive House Accelerator makes it easier to learn about Passive House. It supports the community by allowing them to share ideas and solutions, to continue and expand on conversations and sessions at conferences, and to allow those who are succeeding in creating projects and/ or solutions to share their knowledge. It aggregates content from existing sites while also creating a new platform for people to share new ideas.

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 Buildings
Passive Buildings Canada online videos on You Tube cover a wide range of topics on passive buildings.

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.

PHC: Passive House Resources for Building Professionals
Passive House Canada provides free access to information and resources on passive house design and construction.

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 Institute: EnerPHit Standard For Residential Refurbished Buildings
Passive House Institute 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)

PHC: Passive House Standard Requirements & Benefits
Passive House Canada online brochure educates government, industry professionals, and end-users in the Passive House Standard requirements and benefits. (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)

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.

Custom Home Magazine: 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.

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: Quantitative Look at Solar Heat Gain
Green Building Advisor explores the viability of passive solar and solar-tempered space heating in northern US regions and metro areas.

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)

PBC: Constructability of Conventional vs Passive House
Passive Buildings Canada online video tells the story of an existing building aiming for the Enerfit standard, one that had constraints and site conditions that created substantial challenges.

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

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.

SAB Mag: Procuring Passive House Projects
Sustainable Architecture & Building magazine says it takes an expert team and a rigorous methodology to properly procure Passive House projects.

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)

WoodWorks: Achieving Passive House Performance on Building Enclosures
WoodWorks online slide show presentation Building Enclosure Design: Strategies for Achieving Passive House Performance, describes issues and considerations for bringing deep energy savings to multi-family buildings. (PDF)

WoodWorks: Passive House Cost, Inspections, Designer Relationship
WoodWorks online webinar Passive House at the Jobsite: Cost, Inspections, and the Designer-Builder Relationship examines the cost and construction of wood-frame, multi-family projects in particular. Topics include cost differences between traditional and passive house construction, communication aspects that are critical to success, testing and inspections, design details that translate to buildable projects, and lessons learned from the jobsite.
Product Supply

GBA: Bringing Passive House to Production Building
Green Building Advisor says Passive House doesnt have to cost more.

MIT: Affordability of Passive Houses & Zero-Energy Buildings
Concrete Sustainability Hub says researchers found that Passive Houses and Zero-Energy Buildings had lower median embodied impacts and costs than conventional designs. (PDF)

PBC: Rise of Prefab Passive House Systems
Passive Buildings Canada says coast to coast, a growing list of Canadian companies are manufacturing high-performance wall panels for passive house buildings.

PHC: Canadian Government Funding Opportunities for Passive House
Passive House Canada provides links to find out more about funding available in the province you live in.
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