Canadian Architect


Panel Discussion: Buildings that Give More than they Take

November 21, 2016
111 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario

The philosophy, traditions, and aesthetics of Danish design have influenced a broad range of interiors, architecture, and urban design internationally. This talk will explore how a Canadian-Danish collaboration spearheaded by Great Gulf and VELUX Canada have embraced a building concept that enables new buildings to give back more than they take.

The first certified “Active House” house in the world is located in Toronto, and championed by renowned Canadian builders and architects. The Active House is defined by its use of natural daylighting and ventilation, energy-efficient strategies, and an overarching concern for human comfort and health—it is a building that “gives more than it takes.”

It proves that we can make significant reductions to our carbon footprint without compromising design, economics or quality. Join us to learn more about how this Nordic influenced concept is shaping green building and housing in Canada, and hear stories about the everyday pros and cons of “living actively” from the family in the house.


Co-Presented with the Danish Embassy.

Presented as part of the Gardiner Museum’s exhibition True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada.

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