Media tour: Canada’s largest Passive House green building is coming to Vancouver

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The Heights in East Vancouver may signal a wave of new low-carbon buildings across B.C. and Canada. Architectural rendering: Courtesy Eighth Avenue Development Group

(Update: Vancouver is ground zero for low-carbon buildings boom in North America)

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — What do the low-carbon, ultra energy-efficient buildings of the future look like? Come see for yourself.

The Pembina Institute is inviting journalists to attend a media tour of a path-breaking green building under construction in Vancouver’s Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood. The six-storey, 85-unit, market-rental residential building on East Hastings Street (two blocks west of Burnaby’s city limits) aims to be Canada’s largest building certified as achieving the Passive House standard.

Vancouver is leading the way with its new Zero Emissions Building Plan. With a federal announcement expected soon, we could see more of these low-carbon buildings across British Columbia and Canada.

On November 8, the developer, architect, and builder will be on site to talk about the cost-effectiveness of constructing, maintaining, and heating ultra energy-efficient buildings. City of Vancouver staff and experts from Passive House Canada and the Pembina Institute will also be on hand to discuss how this apartment development relates to the city’s Zero Emissions Building Plan, British Columbia’s climate plan, and the forthcoming pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change.

The Pembina Institute will launch a comprehensive report that sheds light on how public policy can accelerate the adoption of high-performance building enclosures in the construction industry. By increasing the insulation and airtightness of walls, roofs, and windows, the Passive House approach can dramatically reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of buildings.

Passive House building tour in East Vancouver

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Time: 10:30 a.m. (PST)

Location: The Heights (388 Skeena Street, Vancouver)


  • Ed Kolic, president, Eighth Avenue Development Group
  • Doug Wilson, president, Peak Construction Group of Companies
  • Scott Kennedy, principal, Cornerstone Architecture, and chair, Passive House Canada
  • Chris Higgins, green building planner, City of Vancouver
  • Karen Tam Wu, director of the buildings and urban solutions program, Pembina Institute
  • Dylan Heerema, analyst, Pembina Institute


Photos will be available for editorial use following the tour: Pembina Institute on Flickr

Join the conversation on Twitter: #PassiveHouseYVR @Pembina


Stephen Hui
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute
Tw: @StephenHui


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