Call For Speakers

The Passive House Canada Conference Call for Speakers is Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals. We will be reviewing them all with the program committee and will be in touch by the end of March.

Our comprehensive, three-day event will feature the latest insights, case studies and best practices in building high-performance buildings from concept to occupancy, spanning the spectrum of knowledge for architects, engineers, building owners, city planners, government policy makers, financial decision-makers, property managers, and more.

Structured around three key themes: Innovate, Accelerate, and Regenerate, the conference is an opportunity for you to shed light on innovation in design and technology, the acceleration of market growth and policy development, and the regeneration of natural systems for enhanced ecological and occupant well-being.

Track One – Innovate: Breakthrough and Evolutionary

Innovation stands at the core of advancing Passive House projects. This track will delve into how cutting-edge technology and novel approaches can revolutionize the way we think about high-performance buildings, highlighting success stories, pivotal partnerships, and new approaches that drive adoption and spark interest in low-energy, high-performance, and net-zero building practices.

Track Two – Accelerate: Growth and Awareness

We explore the interplay between policy and practice, highlighting both their symbiotic and conflicting aspects. This exploration is crucial for the rapid advancement of Passive House projects and high-performance building initiatives. This segment will also delve into how governments and investors are embracing Passive House and complimentary building standards to develop effective policies, financing models, and solutions for the quick and successful adoption of resilient, low-carbon buildings.

Track Three – Regenerate: Rejuvenation and Restoration

Focusing on the rejuvenation and restoration of our living and built environments, this segment of the conference will explore how integrating ecological thinking and natural systems into Passive House designs can enhance environmental harmony, regenerate local ecosystems but also enhance the health, happiness, and resilience of their inhabitants.

  • Subject Areas
    TRACK ONE – Innovate: Breakthrough and Evolutionary
    1. Buildings & Communities / Case Studies
      1. Part 3 Buildings Successes & Challenges
      2. Part 9 Buildings Successes & Challenges
      3. Retrofits Successes & Challenges
    2. Usage of Effective Tools
      1. DesignPH
      2. Advanced PHPP
      3. BIM2PH, PassivLink, Etc.
      4. Hygrothermal modeling (Wufi Pro)
      5. Thermal Bridge Modeling (Flixo, etc)
    3. New Materials & Technology
      1. Advanced or New Materials
      2. Prefabrication
      3. Windows
      4. Ventilation
      5. Artificial Intelligence
    TRACK TWO – Accelerate: Growth and Awareness
    1. Market Transformation with:
      1. Policy
      2. Social Housing
      3. Government partnership
      4. Client engagement
      5. Jurisdictional building code development (i.e., BC Step Code, Toronto Green Standard)
      6. Just Transition
      7. Global trends
      8. ESG
      9. Climate Risk
    2. Effective Process with:
      1. Developers
      2. Real Estate Assessors
      3. Building Codes Officials/ Authorities
      4. Investors
      5. Tradespeople
    3. Financing: Overcoming cost barriers
      1. Real estate assessors and lending institutions
      2. Government Incentives and financial programs
      3. Private sector incentives and financial programs
    TRACK THREE – Regenerate: Rejuvenation and Restoration
    1. Regeneration
      1. Sufficiency
      2. Negative Emissions
      3. Biophilic Design
      4. Circularity
      5. Nontoxic Materials
      6. Waste & Water
    2. Mitigation
      1. Operational Carbon
      2. Embodied Carbon
      3. Electrification
      4. Carbon Neutrality
      5. Renewable Energy
    3. Climate adaptability
      1. Climate Resilience and Adaptation
      2. Health and Wellness
    4. Monitoring, Commissioning, Occupant Experiences & Social Impacts
    5. Health & wellness (including air quality and ventilation)
    6. Technical
      1. Innovative Envelopes (detailing, airtightness, thermal bridging)
      2. Innovative MEP (PER,DHW, Ventilation)
      3. Innovative Procurement & Delivery (Integrative Processes, On-site management)
    7. Other
  • Format

    Proposals should refrain from focusing on a particular product and preference will be given to projects that are already under construction.

    The delivery style should fit within one of the following options:

    1. Panel discussion with Audience Engagement
    2. Instructional workshop
    3. Roundtable discussion
    4. Lecture
    5. Other (please specify)
  • Evaluation Process

    The program committee will be reviewing all submissions and proposals will be evaluated based on:

    • Clarity of the submission
    • Relevance to the theme and subject area
    • Clear outline of the learning objectives

    Speaker proposals should be submitted directly through the submission form below. You will be asked to include:

    • Title of the session
    • Executive summary 100 words or less
    • Highlight the type of presentation proposed (lecture, panel, peer-to-peer, etc)
    • Provide 3 Learning Objectives
    • Select theme category (from selected list)
    • Identify Target Audience (check box)
    • Description: Brief itinerary of the session, content to cover
    • Has or will this session be given at a different conference?
    • Highlight previous speaking experience
    • Contact: Include affiliation and email address of all presenters and if applicable, include a moderator if required

    All proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee and will be scored based on their ability to meet the above criteria.

  • Submission Agreement

    By submitting this proposal, all submitters and potential speakers agree to:

    1. Hold an active Passive House Canada membership at the time of submission and during the conference.
    2. Ensure that all presentations are from an education perspective and that product specific content or self-promotion will not be included in presentations.
    3. The actual time allotted for a presentation will be confirmed during the acceptance process.
    4. Presentations may be pre-recorded, delivered live and/or captured and made available to participants online.
    5. Session submitter may not propose speakers without the knowledge and permission of the proposed speaker(s).

    We recommend that you save your work in a separate document, prior to entering it in the form below. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact [email protected].