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How to design and build to Passive House: changes from the traditional approach

This is the second of a three-series continuing education courses, offered by AIA Canada, for architects and professionals in the industry to learn about Passive House concepts and standards. The course is approved for 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU) and 1 HSW.

Course Title: Passive House 101

Part #2: How to design and build to Passive House

Course Number: 2022AIACS013

Provider Name: AIA Canada Society

Provider Number:  100100113

Date: 8 November 2022

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm EST

Credit: 1 AIA LU/1 HSW

Presenter: Marine Sanchez, M.Sc., M.Eng., CPHD Expert, C.Eng.

Marine Sanchez, Passive House Services Lead, RDH Building Science

Being part of Canada’s highly experienced Passive House professionals circle, Marine leads RDH’s Passive House consulting services. She focuses on the design of large-scale institutional and mixed-use projects, channeling her passion and expertise to drive meaningful change in the industry to address the climate emergency. Her role includes developing Passive House designs on leading-edge projects (such as the University of Toronto Scarborough Student Residence), while also guiding site teams new to Passive House towards successful delivery. In addition to her consulting work, Marine also supports various levels of government in implementing policies, including the City of Toronto and their Zero Emissions Buildings Framework.

Course Description:

Part #2 will focus on the changes from the traditional approach, in both the design and construction process to deliver Passive House projects successfully.

Learning Objective 1:

What is the process to certify a building? Become familiar with the different roles and the process associated with Passive House building certification.

Learning Objective 2:

How does the design process change with Passive House buildings? Highlight the shift in design process required to deliver Passive House buildings, with the need for an integrated design process with energy budget management at its core.

Learning Objective 3:

What are the key design levers to achieve a low TEDI? Understand the interdependence of enclosure and HVAC design strategies to achieve low TEDI requirements.

Learning Objective 4:

How does the construction process change with Passive House buildings? Identify the need for enhanced quality control/quality assurance to maintain performance throughout construction.


If you have missed Passive House 101 first course, see the recording here.

Stay tuned for Passive House Series – #3 scheduled for:

22 Nov 2022: Passive House Facades: best practice principles and case studies


November 08 2022


Date: 2022-11-08
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
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