Passive Buildings in Canada
by Terrell Wong
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About the Book
The criterion for admission into this book was that each building meets the Passive House primary energy load of 120kWh/m2, the most significant of the three PH requirements. Primary Energy
includes all the energy use in the building and any transmission losses required to transmit energy to the site. All projects were accepted based on the documentation provided by the designers. Only projects with an existing PHI or PHIUS certificate at the time of publication will be referred to as
Passive House certified.
This book is a snapshot in time of these buildings in Canada. The goal is to present these excellent designs in an easily comprehensible way to architect, engineer, builder and future home owners alike. This book encompasses buildings from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and building types as diverse as double stud and rammed earth. I find the vast array of methodologies amazing.
I hope you enjoy the book and consider some of the ideas for your own construction projects.
Terrell Wong is an architect with over 25 years experience. Her passion for the environment and design has greatly influenced her career. In 2006, Terrell lead the winning team to the National Archetype Sustainable House Award. Their “Building Blocks” modular home concept was constructed at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Kortright Centre as a showcase for sustainable design. Terrell’s firm, Stone’s Throw Design Inc., specializes in low energy residential design. With its focus on building science, the firm creates designs utilizing cutting edge materials and techniques. In 2012, it completed the first insulated rammed earth house in Ontario. Utilizing integrated design, Stone’s Throw Design Inc. provides its clients with the full gamut of residential services. Respect for natural systems guides our company philosophy: conservation over technology – longevity over fashion