A pocket of Passivhaus projects popping up in Ontario cottage country

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Passive House exterior

credit: Lloyd Alter

One of the complaints often made about the Passivhaus or Passive House standard of building is that it is expensive, perhaps a higher standard than people really need. Some have suggested that a pretty good house might be enough; others, like PHIUS or Passive House Institute US, suggest that it is overkill to demand the same high level of insulation in every climate.

So it was really surprising to find a hotbed of Passivhaus happening in little Minden, Ontario, two hours north of Toronto. I was invited on a tour set up by Passivhaus Canada and met the group in Minden.