HVAC in Large Passive House Buildings

Heat Pumps for Domestic Hot Water
November 29, 2018
City of Vancouver: Passive Design Toolkit for Large Buildings
December 10, 2018

Past Event: November 30, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Large buildings are quickly becoming a dominant feature of the Passive House landscape in North America. High efficiency, well designed HVAC systems are critical to the performance and operation of large Passive House buildings. Yet there are many misconceptions surround requirements and acceptable approaches.

Collaborating partners ZEBx and Peel Passive House have developed this half-day course, where participants will gain a solid understanding of how Passive House approaches HVAC in large buildings. Hosted at Integral Group’s office in Vancouver, subject matter experts from Integral will participate in course discussions to lend their expertise and insights from past projects.

Learning Objectives        

  • Explore emerging solutions for HVAC systems in Large Passive House Buildings.
  • Understand how HVAC system performance is assessed through the Passive House framework.
  • Explore humidity balance and control in Passive House buildings.
  • Considerations in system selection and design.


  • CPHD/Cs
  • Practitioners engaged in large Passive House building projects.

Best Suited For

This course is best suited for practitioners wishing to further expand their knowledge of HVAC systems in large Passive House buildings.

Professional Development


Andrew Peel

As Principal of Peel Passive House, Andrew provides Passive House and low carbon consultancy, certification, training, and product development services to the building sector. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, program management, authoring technical and non-technical articles, course and lecture delivery, and technical research.  As the first English-speaking Building Certifier, Andrew has been exposed to a wealth of Passive House techniques and technologies.   As a Consultant, he has developed innovative solutions to advance and streamline the Passive House design and construction process.  Andrew skillfully weaves this knowledge into all the educational material he develops in order to spread it throughout the industry. Prior to establishing Peel Passive House, Andrew managed the UK Government’s Innovative Carbon Saving Technologies Scheme and the Energy Saving Trust’s Best Practice Helpline. He also managed and delivered Passive House, Code for Sustainable Homes, wind turbine development, thermal modelling projects and Passive House study tours. Further activities included contributing to the development of the UK Government’s residential energy calculation methodology (SAP) and the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).


A subject-matter expert from Integral Group will join the workshop to present on local project examples. Through intimate group discussions with the Integral representative, course participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights on green building system design and energy engineering across a range of building types.