On June 5th, 3 experts in the passive house building standard presented in the library of General Gordon Elementary in Kitsilano at 7 pm. The one-hour presentation was followed by a question and answer session that helped to clarify the technical details of the passive house standard for those who were new, as well as for those who were interested in the topic of green building practices.
The organizer, Elke Porter, a mother of 2 children attending the school, explained that the decision to build a replacement school for Gordon had been reached. Her dream would be to see that the General Gordon building project be the first school in Canada built to the passive house standard. Then Dr. Guido Wimmers from Austria, as well as Lydia Duerfeld from Whistler and Robert Malczyk from Kitsilano, took turns explaining the standard, what projects they had been involved in and how it was relevant to seismic upgrading in schools.
Dr. Guido Wimmers, from Austria, gives us insight and introduces the concept of the passive house building standards to a group of parents and the public within the context that General Gordon Elementary is one of 52 schools that will need to undergo seismic upgrading in the next 20 years.
On June 5th, the VSB met to formalize the amount of money that had now been set aside for General Gordon and to discuss the recommendation that all 3 readings happen on June 18th, 2012.
That same evening, Dr. Guido Wimmers, Robert Malczyk and Lydia Duerfeld spoke at General Gordon to explain their experience with the passive house building standard and how Gordon could be a pilot project – the first school in Canada to be built to the passive house standard.