MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — General contractors in Ontario will receive support in obtaining Passive House certification, thanks to a new affinity partnership between Passive House Canada (PHC) and the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA).
The certification is the only internationally-recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction.
The partnership will offer pricing discounts to members of the OGCA who wish to take the 150 Pathway to Certification for Trades course or any of the 120A courses. For the fall semester, the first session will be offered on Oct. 25 at George Brown College in Toronto.
The partnership comes at a critical time for the construction industry as this year alone, the provincial government is investing over $158 billion in infrastructure projects to support schools, hospitals, public transit, roads, bridges and access to high-speed internet, indicates a release, adding at the same time, the high-performance building market is growing exponentially.
The OGCA is encouraging members to explore the 150 Trades courses in person and online, as well as the Pathway to certification and 120A-level courses. The 150 Pathway to Passive House certification for trades course offers a mix of course work and hands-on learning. Participants will also have opportunities to work with sample materials from Passive House-certified suppliers as they learn the elements of air-tight building envelopes, ventilation systems and more which can help to cut down on project errors.
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