PHPPv9 Passive House Energy Model Adopted by British Columbia Energy Step Code

The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) v. 9, or newer, has been formally approved for use under the Energy Step Code for the Canadian Province of British Columbia. This announcement follows the recent confirmation of the PHPP as a reliable modeling tool, validated by using ANSI/ASHREA Standard 140-2017  –“Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs,”


Specific code language now included in several sections of the 2018 BCBC states: Compliance Requirements

3) Buildings designed and constructed to conform to Step 5 of any of Tables to C. and to the Passive House Planning Package, version 9 or newer, are deemed to comply with this Subsection if the energy model according to which the building is designed and constructed is prepared by a Certified Passive House Designer, or Certified Passive House Consultant, who is approved by the Passive House Institute. Energy Modeling

1) Energy modeling shall be performed using a computer program that employs calculation methods that have been tested in accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE 140, “Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs” with variations in the computer program from the range recommended therein reported in accordance with Division C.

“Passive House Canada sees the allowance by British Columbia, for use of the PHPP under various regulations, as another step in market transformation toward supporting outcome based goals like the Passive House approach.” said Rob Bernhardt, CEO of Passive House Canada.


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