April 12, 2018

Speaker Series invites residents to learn more about Passive House construction from experts in the field

Register Now for this Speaker Series event which invites residents to learn more about Passive House construction from experts in the field

Can you imagine using 90% less energy to heat your home? This type of radical energy efficiency is possible when building to Passive House standard. Applicable to almost any building type or design, Passive House is not a brand name; it’s the only internationally recognized, proven, science-based energy standard in construction.

Passive house standards exceed Ontario Building Code, mixing heavy insulation and triple glazed windows (with insulated frames) to create an air-tight building envelope that uses minimal energy to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year. Buildings are heated “passively,” making efficient use of the sun, internal heat sources and heat recovery, which makes traditional heating systems unnecessary.

With construction set to begin on Blossom Park, Oxford County’s first multi-residential development built to achieve Passive House standard, Future Oxford is pleased to host an information session to increase local knowledge about Passive House standards. Local developers, builders, architects and residents with interest in energy-efficient housing can learn more from three expert architects actively involved in Passive House design.


Monday, May 7, 2018
Oxford County Administration Building | 21 Reeve St., Woodstock
1-4 p.m.  |  Council Chambers


Adam Cohen, LEED AP, CPHC
Founder & Technical Director
Build Smart, LLC

Rob Leonard, VP, Production & Field Support
Build Smart, LLC

Tim McDonald, RA, CPHC
President, Onion Flats, LLC

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In partnership with Oxford County, Passive House Canada is also offering high-performance design and construction foundation courses in Woodstock this May. Anyone in the building sector with an interest in Passive House development can learn more about these multi-day courses and register online at www.oxfordcounty.ca/buildbetter.

The Future Oxford Speaker Series showcases expert speakers, personal stories, and interactive events as we move along our path to sustainability. For updates on upcoming events, visit www.FutureOxford.ca/events.



  • In North America, buildings consume approximately one-third of all energy use and contribute roughly one-third towards greenhouse gas emissions. As Oxford works to achieve100% renewable energy by 2050, improvements to building construction are critical.
  • In 2017, Oxford County raised the bar for energy efficiency by including Passive House requirements in all Requests for Proposals (RFP) for new affordable housing developments.Before that, the County held information sessions for builders, developers, architects, planners, engineers and other service managers to increase knowledge about Passive House requirements.
  • Blossom Park is the first multi-residential development in Oxford County that will be built to achieve Passive House Standard.
  • Blossom Park is a demonstration project, designed to influence future housing development and to meet goals outlined in theFuture Oxford Community Sustainability Planby moving away from fossil fuels, supporting industries that undertake green construction, and encouraging renewable energy.
  • A Passive House requires as little as 10% of the energy used by typical buildings, offering significant energy savings and reduced emissions.



About Future Oxford

TheFuture Oxford Community Sustainability Plancreates a vision of a sustainable community that balances community, environmental and economic interests. The Plan sets out 70 distinct actions that willachieve specific goals and targets for Oxford's future. As a partnership organization, Future Oxford is the group of volunteers andpartnerswho are taking responsibility for achieving those actions. Read the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan | Watch the video



Donna Kemp| Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 |dkemp@oxfordcounty.ca