Learn from our North American panel about achieving energy efficiency and the Passive House standard in a form that is relevant to the Vancouver market - multi-family residential and high-rise buildings.
Our experts will also provide an overview of several high-rise case studies, to help us understand why so many larger scale Passive House projects are on the books in our region. They will also discuss how to make these projects viable, by explaining what systems are key to energy performance and cost optimization, and sharing several field-tested approaches.
Monte Paulsen, Associate, Passive House Specialisst, RDH Building Science
SEAN PANDER Sean is a professional engineer with urban planning training. He has been at the forefront of local energy conservation and renewable energy planning and policy work for the past 15 years. He was integral in implementing the City's original Climate Protection Plan and more recently led the team in the development of the City's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Sean currently leads the City's Green Building Program team tasked with developing strategies, programs, policies and regulations aimed at having greenhouse gas emissions from all existing buildings and industries reduced by 20% and to achieve carbon-neutral new construction by 2020.
LOIS ARENA Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at Steven Winter Associates, Inc possesses over 25 years experience in the building science field and has extensive experience with new and existing buildings Lois holds both US and international Passive House consultant certifications and is currently consulting on some of the largest and most complex Passive House projects in the world. She is regularly invited to present at national and international conferences and private firms on topics ranging from moisture control in buildings to road blocks to PH adoption.
BRANDON NICHOLSON Founding Principal of NK, Brandon is dedicated to reducing the impact of buildings on global climate change. A developer in his own right, he uses his own projects to research and develop best practices for cost-effective delivery of zero carbon buildings. He serves as president of Passive House Western Pennsylvania and board member of North American Passive House Network.
Under Brandon's leadership, NK Architects has emerged as a national leader in high performance building, designing and modeling over 30 major Passive House buildings in multiple regions across the country. NK employs more Certified Passive House Designers (CPHDs) and Consultants (CPHCs) than any firm in the western hemisphere.
Brandon and NK have won numerous awards for management and design, including the 2014 AIA Housing Award for Park Passive, the first certified Passive House in Seattle; the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency's 2017 Innovation and Design Award, in partnership with Thoughtful Balance, for Morningside Crossing, a large scale Passive House retrofit of an abandoned Pittsburgh school building into affordable housing for seniors; and PSMJ's 2013 Circle of Excellence Top National Architecture Firm award.
Brandon was also the recipient of the AIA's 2011 Community Service Award for his policy advocacy to improve Seattle City building and land use codes by incorporating green building systems as criteria for development (FAR) bonuses.
MONTE PAULSEN As one of Canada's most experienced Passive House professionals, Monte Paulsen leads RDH's Passive House consulting services in British Columbia and facilitates the development of Passive House capacity among RDH teams across Canada and the U.S. Monte possesses nearly 7 years in the Passive House industry and is one of three PHI-accredited Building Certifiers in Canada.