Government of Canada Supports Construction of World’s Largest Passive House Building

News release

July 5, 2018                                           Surrey, British Columbia                        Natural Resources Canada                   

Energy efficiency is hard to see, but we feel its benefits in our homes, environment and economy. Investments in energy efficiency save Canadians’ hard-earned money. Canada’s clean energy future includes federal investments driving economic growth, reducing environmental impacts and creating new, clean technology jobs for our middle class and those looking to join it.

John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale–Langley City, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the Government of Canada’s contribution to the future site of North America’s first and the world’s largest community centre built according to Passive House certification guidelines in Surrey, B.C.

Natural Resources Canada will provide $1.3 million toward the new $43.5-million Passive House community centre through the Energy Innovation Program, which furthers research, development and demonstration of solutions supporting the adoption of high-efficiency building codes.

Passive House is a leading standard in energy-efficient construction, with buildings built to this standard achieving excellent indoor air quality, improved comfort, simplified operation and little to no direct greenhouse gas emissions.

The Passive House standard provides a pathway for the Canadian market transition toward net-zero and net-zero–ready new buildings.



“Energy efficiency is the quickest, cleanest and cheapest way to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and meet our future energy needs. The benefits of investing in energy-efficient buildings go beyond lower energy costs and include improved health, comfort, productivity and increased asset value. The most important gain will come from the reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, helping Canada address climate change. Our government is proud to support the City of Surrey and this impressive project.”


John Aldag
Member of Parliament for Cloverdale — Langley City, British Columbia



Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations

Mackenzie Radan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

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