How to Plan and Build Multifamily Passive House for Less


What This Presentation Covers:

New provincial and state codes will mandate higher energy performance and lower greenhouse gas emissions. As stretch codes, green standards, and other requirements take effect across North America, a growing number of developers and builders are concerned about how these requirements will impact construction costs. 

Passive House is where the puck is headed. In British Columbia, for example, all new buildings must meet near-Passive House levels of performance by 2032. Other emerging codes include metrics based on the Passive House approach. 

In this session, one of North America’s top Passive House consultants will share lessons learned from planning millions of square feet of multifamily Passive House. This session will explore why developers are choosing to build to the voluntary standard, survey what the first generation of multifamily Passive House buildings cost to construct, and discuss how to lower the cost of planning and building any high-performance project.

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

You'll Learn About:

  • The Passive House standards and how they relate to emerging code requirements.
  • Why multifamily projects are electing to build Passive House.
  • Construction cost premium for Passive House and similar multifamily projects.
  • Key milestones for reducing the cost of high-performance buildings.


  • Format: 1 hour recording + quiz. Downloadable slides are included.
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to architects, building owners, and other professionals who are designing, building, or considering high-performance approaches including Passive House.

Continuing Education Credits:


This presentation is delivered by Monte Paulsen. 

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