Passive House Canada Conference 2018

Passive House Canada is hosting the 2018 Passive House Canada Conference – Partnering for Transformation at the Vancouver Convention East Building in Vancouver, BC on November 7-8, 2018. Passive House Canada sets a global standard benchmark against which high-performance and energy-efficient buildings can be measured up against. Inspired by the conference theme of Partnering for Transformation, Passive House Canada has partnered with the Canadian Wood Council and the UN Economic Commission for Europe to hold all three annual conferences at once. The conference provides attendees the opportunity to meet industry leaders, engage in discussion and attend informative sessions on various passive building topics.

Integral Group is proud to be represented by the following conference speakers:

  • Thomas Bamber
  • Andy Chong
  • Mary On
  • Joe Quad
  • Kevin Welsh

Read below for session descriptions.

Session 2 | Big Buildings Case Study 1: A Passive House Office
Passive House Design for Commercial Offices – Scaling Up, Design Tools, Overheating, and a Client’s Motivation

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 9:50am-10:50am | Meeting Room 1/2/3

This presentation will discuss the application of Passive house design for commercial office projects, supported by a case study of the Charter Telecom Headquarters project on Vancouver Island, BC. Andy will address the implications of applying Passive House design to large, complex buildings, as well as commercial client incentives to choosing Passive House.


Session 2 | Urban Density
Passive House Child Cares (Made Easy!)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 11:00am-12:00pm | Meeting Room 11/12

Designed by Acton Ostry Architects, the City of Vancouver Child Care project provides two Passive House certified child care facilities atop two existing parkades in downtown Vancouver, both designed to LEED Gold certification with a 30% energy usage reduction and a net zero energy focus. This presentation will review the challenges and opportunities of designing and building two identical Passive House buildings several stories above a below-grade parking structure in a dense urban environment.


  • Mary On, Project Manager, Integral Group
  • Adam James, Principal, Ryder Architecture

Session 2 | Big Buildings Case Study 2 – A Community Centre
Integrating Natural Ventilation and Mechanical Systems in Passive House

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Meeting Room 11/12


Clayton Community Centre in Surrey, BC is a 76,000 sq ft community-focused building combining recreation, arts, a library, and a gym in an integrated design that once completed, will be the largest community centre in North America targeting Passive House certification. In this session, Integral Group will present on the integration of natural ventilation and mechanical systems in Clayton Community Centre, as discuss additional local projects focusing on the successful implementation of natural ventilation for achieving Passive House targets.


  • Thomas Bamber, Senior Mechanical Designer, Integral Group
  • Joe Quad, Project Manager, Integral Group

Session 1 | Once Moved In – Part A
A Post Occupancy Review of Vancouver’s Largest Passive House Certified Building

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 2:10pm-3:10pm | Meeting Room 1/2/3

The Heights is one of Canada’s largest Passive House certified projects, and one of the first to deliver Passive House in line with the City of Vancouver’s rezoning policy objectives. This presentation will explore: the building’s thermal comfort throughout the summer; overheating issues which often affect Passive House residential buildings; a critical analysis of occupant building usage; and the post-occupancy evaluation strategy of the building


  • Kevin Welsh, Sustainability Advisor, Integral Group
  • Scott Kennedy, Principal, Cornerstone Architecture

For more information and to register, please visit Passive House Canada Conference 2018.

Date(s): November 8, 2018

Speaker: Mary On, Project Manager; Thomas Bamber, Senior Mechanical Designer; Joe Quad, Project Manager; Andy Chong, Principal; Kevin Welsh, Sustainability Advisor