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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Health & Wellness
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Property Management
  • Business & Strategic Planning
  • Urban & Community Planning


Tuesday, March 20 • 9:30am–11:00am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 108

T05 – Passive House: A Primer on High Performance 

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1.5 AAA Structured Learning Hours • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Passive House designs are ultra-efficient, affordable and healthy buildings that can transform our built environment. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials alike are all turning to the Passive House standard to deliver high performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. This shift is starting to alter the Canadian construction industry. This seminar will explore the fundamental principles and practices behind Passive House, the world's leading high performance building standard, and reveal how it's spreading across Alberta. The speaker will also shine light on the benefits of offsite construction and the integration of Passive House design.

Rob Bernhardt

Rob Bernhardt, CEO, Passive House Canada 

As CEO of Passive House Canada, Rob works to advance building energy efficiency. A certified Passive House consultant and the developer of several certified Passive House projects, Rob is familiar with the economic and social advantages of high performance buildings. As a participant in numerous policy development initiatives he is familiar with the challenges facing regulators as they seek to meet climate change objectives. Rob works with Passive House Canada’s members, governments and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.

Tuesday, March 20 • 11:30am–1:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 108

T11 – Passive House MURBs: Cold Climate Applications

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1.5 AAA Structured Learning Hours ]

The international Passive House building standard offers designers the path to the highest level of energy efficiency possible. Applying this standard in cold Canadian climates, like Edmonton, and to multi-family building projects comes with a unique set of challenges. Certified Passive House Consultant, Stuart Fix, P.Eng., of ReNu Engineering will offer a window into this world, using BC Housing's 50 Unit Passive House apartment complex in Fort St. John, BC, as a case study.

Stuart Fix

Stuart Fix, Principal, ReNü Engineering

Stuart is a professional mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in building science and holds certification as a Passive House Consultant both internationally and in North America. He was a founder of Passive Buildings Canada and sits on the Passive House Institute US’s technical committee. Stuart is an accomplished technical designer and an experienced contributor to inter-disciplinary groups in a global setting, having consulted on over 500 high performance building projects across Canada.

Tuesday, March 20 • 1:30pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 108

T15 – Passive House HVAC: The Parts & Pieces of a Whole Lot of Energy Savings

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1.5 AAA Structured Learning Hours ]

Passive House has changed the way we look at buildings, not just from an energy perspective, but from a holistic approach to health, comfort and resiliency. This session will explore the details of what a Passive House HVAC system looks like, and how it impacts these elements in achieving your goals for both new buildings, and retrofitted old ones.

Barry Stephens

Barry Stephens, Regional Sales Manager, Ventacity

Barry Stephens is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Ventacity Systems, Inc. He joined Ventacity, a startup manufacturer of very high performance, Passive House certifed HRVs, in March 2016. Prior to joining Ventacity he spent 15 years at Zehnder America, Inc. as the National Sales & Marketing Manager, and later as Business Development & Technology Director. Zehnder is a global leader in manufacturing heat recovery ventilation systems based in Granichen, Switzerland. He led the introduction of Zehnder systems in North America, and was involved with design, installation and commissioning of these systems in projects across North America, including Solar Decathlon teams, NZE homes, Passive House projects, schools, multi-family Passive House and other very high performance buildings. He has presented at conferences across North America since 2010.


Wednesday, March 21 • 9:00am–10:30am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 108

W04 – Northern Climate Passive House Institutional Building: Valley View Town Hall

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1.5 AAA Structured Learning Hours ]

Passive House is a demanding standard and achieving it in northern climates has been thought to be challenging. What are those challenges? How are they overcome? Come and hear the story of Valley View Town Hall, the first institutional Passive House building in Alberta.

Oscar Flechas

Oscar Flechas, Flechas Architecture

Oscar is an Architect with a broad range of experience in various sectors and on different scale projects. His firm, Flechas Architecture, is a progressive, small and young studio that uses simple and creative design solutions to produce innovative, environmentally and socially responsible results. He’s an early adopter of the Passive House standard, and his firm now strives to design buildings that meet or use the principles required by the standard in each of the projects. Passionate about low-energy and low carbon buildings for the future generations, Oscar is one of the few architects certified as Passive House Designer in Alberta and embraces most tools that encourage better building standards to help achieve greener buildings in Canada.

Wednesday, March 21 • 11:00am–12:30pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 108

W08 – Passive House as a Road to Net Zero

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.5 AAA Structured Learning Hours ]

Around the world, policy makers and institutions have established targets for Net Zero building construction. But how do we get there? Space heating continues to comprise the majority of energy consumed by our buildings, despite gains in the efficiency of mechanical systems. Designing building envelopes that keep heat from escaping in the first place is the next step in significantly reducing energy consumption in buildings, in turn resulting in building energy demand that can more feasibly be met by renewables. The Passive House Standard provides a roadmap for this improvement.

Clayton Bond

Brenden David

Clayton Bond, P.Eng, CCP, LEED AP BD+C, Manager, Sustainable Design
Brenden David, Project Engineer, Building Science, WSP Canada

Clayton Bond joined WSP in 2012 and provides design, construction and operations support for sustainable and energy efficient buildings. Clayton has more than 13 years of engineering experience in the design, construction, and commissioning of high performance systems for buildings and industrial process equipment. His background in building construction allows a practical approach to identifying, understanding and resolving issues. He works on projects across Alberta and leads the Edmonton team in building energy performance, sustainability and commissioning.

Brenden David graduated from the Civil Engineering program at University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. First focusing on materials testing and construction review, he found his way to the field of building science through restoration and repair projects with WSP in Vancouver. Passionate about sustainable design, building performance, and craftsmanship, Brenden was driven to focus on the Passive House Standard. He recently moved with WSP to Calgary where he continues to help clients maintain their building portfolios, while proceeding to take on more projects as a Certified Passive House Designer.