Solar Energy Society Seminar: PassivHaus Building Design

December 9, 2010 - 2:00am

PassivHaus Building Design
Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Stuart Fix, Vital Engineering

Free presentation and discussion. No registration required. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm

Popular in Europe for years, the German PassivHaus design standard aims to design buildings that do not require active heating or cooling systems. In reality this is not possible, but through radical envelope upgrades and optimized solar gain design, a Passive House building will require only 15kWh/m2yr to heat, roughly corresponding to a 90% reduction over code built buildings. Passive House buildings focus on reducing a building’s energy loads to an optimized minimum, before renewable energy technologies are sized. Capital cost savings are generated through reduced mechanical system size, which can nearly offset the capital cost increases due to the envelope upgrades. This presentation will explain the Passive House design method, highlight its advantages & disadvantages, and give an overview of the Passive House movement’s growth in Canada.

Stuart Fix is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a member of the Board of Directors of Passive Buildings Canada. A mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in building science, Stuart works with Vital Engineering in Sherwood Park, focusing on building science consulting and mechanical system design.


CN Theatre Rm 5-142, 105 Street Building
Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street & 104 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB