Passive Housing Townhall

What is Passive Housing?

Passive House (Passivhaus) is considered to be the most rigorous voluntary energy-based standard in the design and construction industry today. Buildings consume up to 40 percent of global energy use and contribute up to 30 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions – they are a key piece of the puzzle towards a low-carbon future. Passive House buildings consume up to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings. The reductions in operating costs quickly make up any additional costs associated with construction, and the reduced carbon emissions provide priceless peace of mind.

Special Guest: Chris Ballard,

CEO of Passive House Canada

Chris Ballard has a history of supporting environmental and land use causes, most recently as the Ontario’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He also served as the Minister of Housing and the Minister responsible for Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Before provincial politics, he sat as a municipal councillor in Aurora, Ontario. Chris was a business owner for 27 years. He has been very involved with consumer advocacy across Canada and sits on the Board of the Consumers Council of Canada. His leadership in journalism, communications and public affairs includes terms as President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada.