Energy Efficiency Strategy for New Social Housing Developments


Ottawa Community Housing, manages over 15,000 social housing units of social housing in Ottawa. In February 2019, Ottawa Community Housing will open it’s first MURB built to Passive House standard. The building, which features 10,000 sqft of medical clinic on the ground floor with 30,000 sqft of residential untis on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor, was built using Insulated Concrete Forms. The 42 residential units were also certified under the WELL Building Standard. The session will share lessons learned from the construction as well as an early analysis of the building performance using utility data and a review of operations. OCH has several other high-performance developments on the horizon including a 100 units MURB targeting Near Net-Zero and a pilot using pre-fabricated exterior panels to retrofit a 4 unit townhome block to be Net-Zero. The development of these project will also be discussed.

Presented By

Dan Dicaire, P.Eng., C.E.M., C.M.V.P., WELL AP
Manager, Conservation and Sustainability
Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

Dan Dicaire has an undergraduate and a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa.  He is a P. Eng and a Certified Energy Manager.  He currently works for Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) as the Manager of Conservation and Sustainability.  Over the past eight years, he has coordinated the installation of 500 MW of solar arrays on 36 different OCH sites, managed a portfolio wide LED Lighting Retrofit which will save over 4.6 MWh of electricity annually and supported OCH’s development team to produce Ontario’s first Mixed-use Passive House at 1290 Coldrey.  Under his guidance, OCH’s Sustainability department has saved over $36M over the past 8 years. He is the proud father of a lovely 4 year old daughter and he co-hosted a television series called “House Hazards” on HGTV.