We’re at IIDEX Canada 2015!

We’re really excited to present our Resilient Design presentation to architects and designers at the upcoming IDEX15 Conference as the Metro Toronto Convention Centre! We’ll let you know as soon as we do what day, time and location!




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NAFS Workshop for Architects and Engineers

BlueGreen Group in collaboration with RDH is proud to present a free workshop that promises to take the WTF out of the NAFS!

The building code instructs us to use two new standards for specifying fenestration products and determining their performance requirements: NAFS—the North American Fenestration Standard, and the Canadian Supplement to NAFS. NAFS however does not apply to all fenestration products, and the simplified methods of the Canadian Supplement are not always the most appropriate way to determine the required Performance Grades.

This presentation given by RDH’s Al Jaugelis will focus on how these standards are referenced in Part 5 and Part 9, and will help responsible professionals to understand the appropriate use as well as the limitations of these standards, especially in the context of Part 5.

This free workshop qualifies for 2 CE ‘Core’ OAA Credits.

Space is limited for the November  5th session so register now for what promises to be an incredibly useful session for those who are tasked with complying with the new standard. Press on the logo below to link to RDH’s registration page:


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BGG Partners with Zehnder America!


As the commissioning agent for Zehnder’s H/ERVs in Ontario, BlueGreen Group kicked off the new partnership by hosting a workshop at our office this past July. Barry Stephens, who knows ERVs inside out and backwards,  presented for the morning to a room full of architects and mechanical designers. He introduced the features of the ComfoAir H/ERVs systems and on the ComfoSystems ventilation ducting systems.

After lunch, we balanced a Zehnder system at a DER of a house we consulted on located in East York. We were impressed how easy and predictable the ventilation system  was to balance and commission. We’re sold on the features and benefits of this out standing system!

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We’re at Construct Canada

December 2-4, 2015 | Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

For the 5 year in a row, we’ll be at Construct Canada giving a talk on what we love best: optimising enclosure details for high performance building. Together with veteran Passive House designer and builder Ed Marion, we deliver an evolving presentation that covers the latest building science gamut for both renovations and new construction projects.

We hope to see you there and for convenience, here’s the link to register:

Dec 2, 2015 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Duration: 1.25 hour(s) Price: $45 Code: W121



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Toronto Community Housing – Something to Aspire to?

POTUS has announced a plan to bring energy efficiency to US households. Among the initiatives announced is the establishment of a Passive House track by New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) that seeks to “to encourage a significant increase in the energy efficiency of New York’s affordable housing stock.”  The White House press release goes on to say:

“HCR intends to work closely with NYSERDA to monitor the ongoing energy use intensity of any Passive House projects that may be selected for funding under the RFP, in order to provide valuable data to the market to accelerate the trend toward construction of Passive House certified affordable multifamily buildings.

With the possibility of Harperman looking for a new gig this fall, perhaps some fresh national leadership on this file is in order and Toronto’s Community Housing should take a page out of the POTUS playbook.

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Holly CanCon Batman! Are you Going?

Next week, PHIUS’ North American Pasive House Conference takes place in Chicago and the line up of speakers is impressive – though really, many of these industry leaders also attend our Boots on the Ground event. What’s more impressive is the level of CanCon at the conference, check them out:

Mike Anderson

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Passive House E-Design

Mike Anderson has helped create some of the most high-performance buildings in Atlantic Canada. Since graduating with a Masters in Architecture in 2012, Mike has designed, built or consulted on many Passive House projects, at scales ranging from small cabins to large apartment buildings. Drawing from his backgrounds in physics, construction and architecture, he brings a dedication to making environmentally responsible and beautiful spaces accessible to people who aren’t necessarily millionaires.


sylvia cook


Sylvia Cook BSc, MSc, BEd., for many years a secondary school Science teacher, lived in a small Ontario town overtaken by stick-frame suburban sprawl. For her this phenomenon epitomized the inefficiency of climate injustice, an issue she sees as the most pressing of our time. She had long enjoyed researching building alternatives, and when she came upon rammed earth, she realized it met all of the criteria she had come to associate with sustainability. Rammed earth is a most efficient use of energy and resources and healthy on so many levels for people and the planet. Her belief in ?thinking globally and acting locally? in improving the built environment has led Sylvia into launching a second career establishing *Aerecura Rammed Earth Builders*, a company that creates beautiful, comfortable, affordable, healthy, environmentally sustainable, rammed earth buildings.

elliott, ross

ross elliott

Homesol Building Solutions, Inc

After two decades building and renovating super-energy-efficient, earth-friendly homes, including some of Canada’s first R-2000 houses, Ross founded Homesol Building Solutions in 1999 to deliver energy design and green building consulting services. His addiction to low-energy construction can be traced back to Shelter Institute and Cornerstones in Maine, where he was licensed as an Energy Auditor in 1983. Ross is a Certified Passive House Consultant (Germany & US), LEED-AP (Building Design & Construction), Licensed Carpenter, PHIUS+ Rater, PHIUS Certified Builder and a Certified Energy Advisor for ENERGY STAR and R-2000. His qualifications include Air Systems and Radiant Hydronic Design Technician, and an Ontario BCIN Designer designation. Ross is a founding member of Passive Buildings Canada and CRESNET, and a director of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition. He was the recipient of EnerQuality Evaluator of the Year in 2007 and 2011, and the Hall of Fame award in 2014 for making a lasting impact on energy efficiency and green building. He lives in a low-carbon owner-built LEED Gold / R-2000 home with a strawbale studio and a soap-bubble insulated organic greenhouse, in the heart of a maple sugarbush near McDonalds Corners, Ontario.

Steven Gray

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Greening Homes Ltd

Steven P.Eng., CPHC, LEED AP Initially trained as a structural engineer, Steven went on to earn a masters degree in building science and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. He has a passion for building and constructs energy-efficient projects with Greening Homes in the Toronto area. Steven has presented as a guest lecturer in upper-year and post-graduate building science courses at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.


joe lstiburek

Building Science Corporation

Joseph Lstiburek, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a principal of Building Science Corporation and an ASHRAE Fellow. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Building Science at the University of Toronto. He is a building scientist who investigates building failures.

Dr. Lstiburek received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a doctorate in Building Science Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1982.

When he is not in buildings he drinks red French wine and drives fast German sports cars – but never at the same time.


stephen magneron

Homesol Building Solutions

Stephen is a Certified Passive House Consultant, PHIUS Certified Builder and Certified Energy Advisor / Green rater for ENERGY STAR, R-2000 and LEED for Homes. He has been working as an Advanced Housing Specialist for Homesol Building Solutions since 2010, collaborating with builders, designers and homeowners to create more energy efficient, sustainable, and affordable human shelter. A valedictorian graduate of Algonquin College’s Construction Carpentry – Advanced Housing program, with hands-on construction experience with an award-winning green renovator, Stephen is proficient with PHPP, WUFI and THERM. He is evolving next-generation Zero Energy+ homes, and was the lead researcher comparing Passive House with EQuilibrium Net-Zero Energy and SuperEE homes for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC). He’s a permaculturalist, fire-spinner, father of two girls, expat Australian and lives east of Ottawa, Ontario.

matthew tokarik

matthew tokarik

Ryerson University, EIT, MASc, CPHC

Matthew is a building energy consultant specializing in the creation and calibration of whole building energy models. He has been a PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant since 2013, and his professional experience involves residential mechanical design, and commercial energy modeling. Earlier this year, Matthew received a Master’s degree in Building Science from Ryerson University, where his research focused on life cycle cost assessment of passive energy conservation measures. While at Ryerson, he led the performance optimization and mechanical design efforts for Team Urban Harvest in the 2014 US DOE Race to Zero competition, where the team won awards for Grand Winner, Best Design Solution Integration, Best Technical Integration, and Best Presentation.

terrell wong

terell wong

Stones Throw Design

Terrell Wong is an architect with over 25 years experience. Her passion for the environment and design has greatly influenced her career. In 2006, Terrell lead the winning team to the National Archetype Sustainable House Award. Their “Building Blocks” modular home concept was constructed at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Kortright Centre as a showcase for sustainable design.

In 2009, Terrell was a founding member and President of Passive Buildings Canada, a national membership-based, non-profit organization that promotes the Passive House concept.

Terrell’s firm, Stone’s Throw Design Inc., specializes in low energy residential design. With its focus on building science, the firm creates designs utilizing cutting edge materials and techniques. In 2011, they completed the first insulated rammed earth house in Ontario. This 350m2 building has a total heating load of 25kWh/m2 and total primary energy use of 100kWh/m2 based on the Passive House criteria. This constitutes 1/10th of the energy usage of a comparably sized home. In 2014 the firm fought for the right to build a two storey strawbale addition in the Beaches area of Toronto. The project was completed in the Fall. Stones Throw Design Inc. is a full service firm that partners with its clients to provide cost effective design and energy solutions.

In 2014, Terrell published Passive Buildings in Canada. This book is a snapshot in time of these buildings in Canada. The goal is to present these excellent designs in an easily comprehensible way to architect, engineer, builder and future home owners alike. This book encompasses buildings from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and building types as diverse as single family dwellings to high rises.

hayes zirnheld

hayes zirnheld

Rocky Mountain Institute

Hayes is a Senior Associate in RMI’s Building Practice, focusing on getting to deeper savings through energy modeling, designing and evaluating strategies to achieve deep savings in new and existing buildings individually and across portfolios. Hayes studied Integrated Engineering at the University of British Columbia where he focused on energy and environmental engineering. Following this he completed his Masters degree at Ryerson University in Building Science, with a focus on calibrated whole building energy simulation and passive solar housing. Hayes then started his own building energy analysis practice and worked on several super efficient building projects as well as taught an advanced building energy simulation workshop at Ryerson University. He also has experience working for the Pembina Institute – a non-profit energy policy think tank located in Canada, where he developed a building stock model to assess the impact of cutting edge green building policies. Hayes also has construction experience, and has built his own passive solar, off-grid home. Some of Hayes’s recent projects at RMI include, leading RMI’s energy modeling work for a net zero energy feasibility study for McDonald’s; creating a portfolio wide building retrofit strategy for the Army and Airforce Exchange Service; and creating a methodology for incorporating uncertainty analysis into energy modeling.















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Ten Steps to a Pretty Good House

In today’s GBA, Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, GBA Advisor sums up what it takes to build a ‘Pretty Good House’. Well worth the read if you’re a GBA Pro member.

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Toronto Looking for Chief Resiliency Officer?

The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to find 100 cities that are ready to build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world. Is Toronto ready to show some leadership on resilience?

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We can’t predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond to these challenges. We can adapt to the shocks and stresses of our world and transform them into opportunities for growth. If your city applies for the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, it could be one of 100 cities eligible to receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, assistance in developing a resilience strategy, access to a platform of innovative private and public sector tools to help design and implement that strategy, and membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network.

The deadline to apply is November 24, 2015.

Toronto, its time for leadership, let’s ignite the urban resilience movement and take a stand!

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We’re Working with the Best


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To the outsider, it may not be clear, but BlueGreen Group has its finger on the pulse of all high performance designers and builders in central Ontario. Take the 2015 Summer Edition of ecoHouse magazine for example; BlueGreen Group was involved in two of the residential projects published:

Beechwood Deep Energy Retrofit

For this project, we were consulted on early in the planning phase by joining Greening Homes, Open Architects, Sustainable Edge and the home owners for the Integrated Design Process.  For this project, we were called to the house to do a pre-renovation energy audit by the home owner and a construction phase pre-drywall air tightness test and to also 3rd party air tightness test the house upon completion.

Renewed 90-year old Tudor-style home gets big energy cut

For this project, we were called to the house to do a pre-drywall air tightness test and to also do a final 3rd party air tightness test.


If you’re looking to build new or renovate to a higher performaing standard – we can help guide you! Give us a call, we’ll share our insights on who’s actually doing high performance building in this province!

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BGG Getting More Good Press… Again!

If it’s not BlueGreen Group gracing the pages of the Globe & Mail a few weeks ago, it’s the Toronto Sun this week! Yes, we’re playing the best man, or to put it more metro-sexually – the best supporting actress – to our business partners and it sure is nice to be appreciated… again! Check out what Manny Neves of Hardcore Renos had to say about working with us!

Hardcore Write up Sun 2015


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