There is still little talk of building energy efficiency as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Quebec. This is largely due to our hydro grid that provides affordable, low-emission energy. The global trend is different because buildings generally have as much impact as transport on CO2 emissions.
Being a region with a northern climate, we should be a leader in building energy efficiency. Currently, important innovations are emerging in Europe in this area. The Passivhaus standard developed in Germany from 1990 has a significant influence on EU energy efficiency regulations and is now recognized worldwide as the most demanding and stringent standard. It was initially developed based on northern climate research in all the Nordic countries including Canada. The "Passivhaus" or "Passive house" standard or Passive House (as recently proposed as an official French translation) imposes a minimum but optimal energy consumption target for the investment required. As soon as we look at the "passive building" approach, we see that it is "common sense". At the source, the energy consumption of the buildings is reduced initially. Passivhaus principles reduce energy consumption by up to 90% for heating.
At Alias Architecture, we are up to date with the latest advances and knowledge about building methods with very high energy efficiency. We apply passive building principles to our concepts using the energy simulation tool.