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 video presentation walks through several case studies to illustrate how modular construction was used to achieve project goals. The instructors, Elyse Henderson and Graham Finch, 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. Elyse and Graham speak from their experience working on Passive House and near net zero projects, drawing out general lessons learned for modular construction in the affordable housing sector and remote communities.

This presentation was delivered as part of our Building Science Live Series

You'll Learn About:

  • Concrete steps to include in project scheduling to meet energy efficiency targets while addressing durability and construction quality.
  • Challenges for air, vapor, water, and thermal control when designing and constructing modular buildings.
  • Different projects in terms of project constraints and how project goals were met.
  • 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 interested in high-performance housing options.

Continuing Education Credits:

This presentation is delivered by Graham Finch and Elyse Henderson

*This program also meets the criteria for OAA structured learning hours. For more information, please see here