Climate Change: Creating a Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Toronto

Passive House explained in 90 seconds

Ever wondered if your heating or air conditioning in your house is really necessary? Passive House (Passivhaus) is a design approach to buildings that reduces the energy required drastically. This video explains briefly in 90 seconds how it's done. About me: I'm a Certified Passive House Fan (officially: Certified Passive House Consultant) In 2013 I founded Pinwheel. Head on over to and to see what I do. If you'd like to use this video, please share and embed it freely. Please attribute and don't use it for commercial purposes. It is under a creative commons license "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0" If you'd like to translate it into another language, please contact me at info [at] I an send you the raw video so you can add your voice over. I'd like to host the translated version here too.

Why buy an R-2000 home? – Video Link

This video will show you what you’re getting when you buy an R-2000 home – and why buying one is a great idea.

R-2000 homes are the most energy-efficient

R-2000 certified homes are one of the best homes you can buy, from an energy efficiency point of view. R-2000 new homes include high levels of insulation, clean-air features and other characteristics that help protect the environment. For the homebuyer, this translates into energy savings, more comfort and a healthier living environment.

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Only 14% of respondents around the world said that they build green because it is aesthetically pleasing, in Canada it was 30%. Respondents in Canada said the top triggers driving future green building activity in North America are: Client Demands 50%; Environmental Regulations - 39%; Right thing to do - 31%; Healthier buildings - 29%; Market transformation 23%; lower operating costs 19%.

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It never used to be considered a big deal, because as recently as 20 years ago, one study found that "the energy of operation was between 83 to 94% of the 50-year life cycle energy use."