Under the recently adopted Clean BC plan, the province has committed to fully enacting the top tiers of the BC Energy Step Code as minimum requirements by 2032. New buildings in southern BC will need to be sufficiently insulated to achieve a Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI) limit of 15 kWh/m2a, and sufficiently energy efficient to achieve a Total Energy Use Intensity (TEUI) limit of 100 kWh/m2. As a consequence, the majority of wall assemblies, window products, and mechanical systems installed today will be obsolete in 12 years. These fast-approaching targets will trigger market transformation that will disrupt the construction industry unlike anything seen in generations.

The good news is that a handful of architects, engineers and constructors have been building to these standards for decades. More than 60,000 Passive House buildings have been built to similar standards worldwide, including millions of square feet here in BC. This presentation will share what Canada’s leading Passive House consultants have learned about how to design and construct large buildings to high-performance standards, as well as how Passive House and Net Zero projects are transforming the BC supply chain. This presentation will conclude with specific suggestions as to how construction and development professionals can prepare for 2032 through training and project selection, intensive training, and continuing education.


  • Learn the 2032 requirements of the Clean BC plan and the BC Energy Step Code.
  • Understand how these requirements will change construction practice.
  • Learn how large Passive House buildings are already achieving 2032 requirements.
  • Develop a plan to prepare your firm for the coming market transformation.


Monte Paulsen, RDH Building Science

Monte Paulsen is one of Canada’s most experienced Passive House professionals. He leads the Passive House team at RDH Building Science, which has consulted to or certified more than 70 projects totalling 4 million square feet of Passive House, including homes, offices, institutions, affordable mid-rise, and luxury high-rise projects.

Monte helped found the non-profit now known as Passive House Canada, and was the organization’s first Passive House trainer. He has presented Passive House conferences in Europe and North America. He recently served on the advisory board for the 23rd International Passive House conference in Gaobeidian, China. And he teaches specialty courses, such as the “A Pattern Language from Passive House.”

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Session Date: May 4, 2019
Session Time: 9:30 a.m.

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