Active House Symposium Makes North American Debut In Toronto

The 7th Active House Symposium is being held for the first time in North America in Toronto on September 16-17 at Evergreen Brick Works.  Active House is an international building practice that is based on a balanced and holistic approach to building design and performance.  Toronto won the bid to host this Symposium which was previously held at the Politecnico Di Milano in Lecco Italy, Bornholm Denmark, and other global cities.

According to Active House, the ambition for the Alliance is – in the common interest of its members – to create a viable, independent and international influential alliance which supports the vision of buildings that create healthier and comfortable lives for their residents without impacting negatively on the climate and environment – moving us toward a cleaner, healthier and safer world. The building is evaluated on the interaction between 3 core principles: Comfort – the indoor climate conditions, Energy consumption and impact on the Environment.

Active House states that the impact of hosting this event in Canada is to ensure the design community has access and can participate in this relevant and global conversation.  The importance of the Symposium is to bring industry professionals from around the world including architects, academics, builders, engineers, regulators, designers and other specialists to stimulate conversations, exchange of ideas and education surrounding healthy and sustainable building design with the mission to benefit homebuyers and owners.  The values of the Alliance are open dialogue between partners, engagement in the development, holistic approach to design of buildings and credible communication. Active House is gaining popularity in China where the importance of sustainability targets to build green buildings has escalated due to global warming.

Featured speakers include; architects Kristian Lars Ahlmark, Denmark; Jishou Zhong, China; and Siamak Hariri, Canada. From the business community Michael Koenig, Honda Smart Home US and from academia, Marco Imperadori, Italy and Alex Lukachko, Canada.

According to Active House, architects have always been at the forefront of building design and have a social responsibility to pay attention to these issues with the mandate to provide comfortable and healthy buildings while being prepared for climate change.  Canadian Architects who register and attend can earn up to 10 hours of Continuing Education and OAA structured learning credits.

For more details on Active House and to register visit