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Net Positive Symposium (Oct 30, 2017)
Jointly presented by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and Passive House Canada (PHC)
This Symposium focuses on the connection between net zero energy and passive house ideas, techniques, and technologies, with a specific focus on the how to, with examples and implementation.

Passive House Deep Dive (Oct 31, 2017)
Presented by the Passive House Canada (PHC)
Dive in to current design and construction challenges, emerging solutions and best practices. This deep-dive is aimed at those familiar with Passive House design wanting an in-depth exploration of solutions to the challenges being encountered by today’s project teams.
Symposium: Featured Project [clear filter]
Monday, October 30


Penticton Daycare for Okanagan College: a Passive House Project

The presentation will cover the learning experience and lessons learnt from the viewpoint of the Engineer of Record for HVAC and Plumbing systems as follows:

  • Heating system;
  • Ventilation efficiency;
  • Earth Tubes;
  • AAVs
  • Compliance with PHPP for non-residential;

The building is being monitored for energy performance, air quality and comfort.

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Trevor Butler

Trevor is a Professional Engineer, with over 23 years of design experience delivering integrated sustainable designs into the built environment. His focus is on regenerative design and engineering on netzero energy/passive house buildings and utiliy infrastructure on district... Read More →

Monday October 30, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7 Canada


The Bullitt Center: a Living Building Challenge Project
THE BULLITT CENTER (read the full case study here)
Seattle, WA

Backed by its mission to protect the Pacific Northwest’s natural environment and promote healthy and sustainable ecosystems, the Bullitt Foundation wanted their new headquarters to be built to the highest level of sustainability. They also wanted the building to be a demonstration project that would set a new standard for developers, architects, engineers and contractors. The rigorous performance standard set forth by the Living Building Challenge was the perfect.

The Bullitt Center is a six-story commercial office building in the Central Area of Seattle, WA. The Center is home to a number of commercial office tenants who are successfully operating their businesses, while working in a net-positive energy environment. The Bullitt Center aims to advance the awareness and adoption of high-performance building through ongoing educational efforts, and by demonstrating that performance-based design works in a market-rate commercial project.

The Center is powered by a 244 kW rooftop solar array, composed of 575 PV panels. All rainwater that falls on the site is collected in a cistern in the basement, treated to potable drinking standards, and supplies all water needs of the building. The building is a type-IV heavy timber structure, made of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified glulam beams and dimensional lumber. The building sits atop a ground-source heat exchange system made up of 26 wells, each reaching a depth 400 feet. All materials used in the building were screened for compliance with the Materials Red List to restrict toxic chemicals. The wide variety of performance-based attributes are shared with the public through a ongoing tour program, a public exhibition space, and a number of research projects all managed by the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab.

Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy of Bullitt Center

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Jim Hanford

Principal, The Miller Hull Partnership
Jim Hanford is an Architect and Project Manager for Miller Hull, and serves as the firm's building performance and sustainable design lead.  He has a professional background, both in a research capacity and as an architect, in evaluation of design strategies and technologies suitable... Read More →

Monday October 30, 2017 13:15 - 14:00
UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7 Canada


Wilson Street: a Passive House Project
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Mark Bernhardt

President, Bernhardt Contracting Ltd.
Mark has been in the construction business since 2007, significantly expanding the business each year since inception. Prior to founding Bernhardt Contracting, Mark was a project manager with environmental consulting firms. He has taken that science background and applied it to building... Read More →

Monday October 30, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7 Canada


Desert Rain: a Living Building Challenge Project
DESERT RAIN (read the full case study here)
Bend, OR

Desert Rain is a residential compound, located on a 0.7-acre parcel on the edge of a historic downtown neighborhood. The focal point is the building called Desert Rain: a 2236-square foot, one-story residence with a stucco exterior, graceful rooflines and a striking curved wall which greets visitors on approach. The wall threads through the building and exits out the opposite side, near a walkway which connects this main residence to the other buildings: a 489 square foot accessory dwelling unit called Desert Sol, a 512 square foot detached garage, which supports more solar panels and houses the rainwater collection cistern, and Desert Lookout, an 815 square foot second dwelling above a garage and the central composting system. The structures cluster in the southeast part of the site; to the north, a constructed wetland filters greywater from all three dwellings. Native plants, rocks and pavers fill out the common areas.

The home was inspired by the owners’ desire to build an “extreme green dream home” in 2008. Although they were well into the design process when they heard of the Living Building Challenge in the fall of 2009, they decided to adapt the existing plan to meet the challenge. This proved to be more difficult and expensive than anticipated, resulting in a painful (and expensive) decision to scrap the original plan in December of 2009 and begin afresh.

Desert Rain is the product of many talented and committed individuals: the core team, comprised of the designers, general contractor, landscape architect, water systems engineer and sustainability consultant, as well as the many subcontractors and craftspeople who contributed their specific skills. Consultants from near and far lent their expertise, and representatives of municipal and state agencies met with the team to hammer out code issues. Suppliers and vendors worked with the team on materials selection and vetting.

Finally, hundreds of people including schoolchildren, family, friends, residents of Bend and people who were simply curious or craving a dose of inspiration have toured the project in various stages of construction.

The core team met innumerable times over the years, often around a dining room table. Though the owners, Thomas and Barbara Elliot, were the ultimate decision makers, the process was extremely collaborative. While more time-consuming, this process ensured a more holistic and integrated design.

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Al Tozer

Architectural Designer, Tozer Design, LLC

Monday October 30, 2017 15:30 - 16:15
UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7 Canada