Going Modular: Lessons Learned from High-Performance Affordable Housing


 What This Presentation Covers:

Can modular construction be an effective strategy for reaching high performance energy targets? Yes, if it is approached with careful planning based on informed decision-making. This presentation will walk through several case studies to illustrate how modular construction was used to achieve project goals. We’ll look at different factors that contributed to meeting energy efficiency targets, including early energy analysis, and discuss critical details and practical considerations such as airtightness testing.

This session will be led by Elyse Henderson and Graham Finch, who will speak from their experience working on Passive House and near net zero projects, while drawing out general lessons learned for modular construction in the affordable housing sector and remote communities.

 You'll Learn About:

  • Concrete steps to include in project scheduling to meet energy efficiency targets while addressing durability and construction quality.
  • Identifying challenges for air, vapor, water, and thermal control when designing and constructing modular buildings.
  • Comparing different projects in terms of project constraints and how project goals were met.
  • Recognizing key strategies for scaling up modular construction to meet sustainable and affordable housing needs throughout Canada.


  • Format: 1 hour recording + quiz. Downloadable slides are included.
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to a wide audience within the building industry, in particular architects, housing providers, and owners/developers who are considering modular construction or interest in high performance housing options.

Continuing Education Credits: 

This presentation is delivered by Elyse Henderson and Graham Finch