May Meeting

posted May 17, 2018, 1:55 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President   [ updated May 17, 2018, 2:14 PM ]

On Thursday, May 24th we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, the meeting will begin at 7:00.  This month we have a tour of Saskatchewan’s first certified passive house, the Temperance Street Passive House led by Michael Nemeth.

Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and has over 10 years mechanical engineering consulting experience working for Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd.


In 2013, Michael started Bright Buildings to help clients build to the Passive House standard. Passive House is an international high performance building standard where annual space heating energy is reduced by 90% through five principles: superinsulation, airtight construction, high quality windows with solar orientation, thermal bridge free and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. Michael delivers Passive House training to building professionals in western Canada as an instructor with Passive House Canada.


The Temperance Street Passive House is Saskatchewan’s first certified Passive House, officially certified less than a month ago. Michael was the Passive House consultant and mechanical engineer, preparing the energy model and mechanical design. Robin Adair, the Green Builder Inc, was the general contractor and designer. Jim Spinney and Holly Ann Knott are the owners and live in one half of the duplex. With R65 walls and R110 in the roof the home is all electric heated through the ventilation air and infloor mats in the bathrooms. Solar panels net-meter electricity on the roof and produce a majority of the annual energy needs.


With other projects under construction such as Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina, Teen Challenge Women’s Centre in Hague and Radiance Cohousing in Saskatoon, Passive House construction is growing in Saskatchewan, offering ideal occupant comfort while making strides towards a low carbon future.

Michael is a past president of ASHRAE Saskatoon.

Please RSVP by Wednesday the 23rd.


Arron Andrusiak