Russel Ibbotson, P. Eng
Technical Manager, VELUX

Russell has been involved with Active House Alliance since 2011 when Great Gulf started planning their Thorold Active House project. In 2016, Russell and his family were the test drivers of the Great Gulf Centennial Park Active House, spending 6 months living in and sharing the experience of the high-performance home. Russell is also the first Active House Verifier in North America and chair of this Symposiumís organizing committee.

Russell is a professional engineer with 17 years of experience representing manufacturers in the residential and commercial building sectors. Russell spent the first half of his professional career in renewable energy before transitioning into windows and then skylights. Russell is now the Technical Manager at VELUX Canada where his team is responsible for commercial business development, building code compliance, product and project support and after sales support. Russell has made volunteering with industry associations a part of his job description, spending 2 years on the board for the Canadian Home Builderís Association, four years on the IIBEC Southern Ontario board and two years on the CSC Toronto Chapterís board where he is vice-chair of the Chapter and co-chair of the CSC Building Expo this year.

Just Like Living Outside

What makes an Active House different from your home? In an interview titled “Just Like Living Outside”, Ian Chodikoff, Architect and Design Consultant, will interview The Ibbotson family who lived in ‘Active House Centennial Park’ for 6 months as well as Shaun Joffe from Great Gulf, the house builder, and Andre D’Elia from superkül, the house architect. This discussion explores the intent and real life experience of an Active House in Canada!