Hear from PH Residents & Experts at "Passive House on the Frontlines: Wildfire Smoke & Indoor Air Quality"

October 07, 2020


Join us Thursday at 4pm PST/7pm EST (or Friday at 10am if you’re in Sydney, Australia) for a special Passive House Accelerator Roundtable featuring PH residents and experts, “Passive House on the Frontlines: Wildfire Smoke & Indoor Air Quality.”

Graham Irwin of Essential Habitat Architecture will moderate the session, which will feature quick presentations by panelists followed by lively Q&A. Panelists include:

Chie Kawahara, Passive House resident, Midori Haus
Jonathan Kaplan, Passive House resident
Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer, Passive House resident, Tillamook Row
Cameron Munro, Passive Analytics, Passive House resident
Laura Nettleton, Thoughtful Balance, ROCIS participant
John Semmelhack, Think Little

We know that the airtightness and filtered fresh air ventilation of Passive House design delivers superior indoor air quality to residents. These benefits are well-documented and are a key reason that many choose to live or work in Passive House buildings. But what happens when wildfire smoke creates unprecedented levels of pollution with astronomical particulate counts and AQI indices of 600 or higher? Is the superior indoor air quality of Passive House enough during these intense events? If not, what can we do to ensure that the air in Passive House buildings isn’t just better than in conventional buildings, but truly healthy, even when the air outside is hazardous?

With huge wildfires hitting the west coast of the United States, Siberia, Europe, Australia, and beyond, we need answers. Join Passive House residents and Passive House design experts for a virtual Roundtable discussion, “Passive House on the Frontlines: Wildfire Smoke & Indoor Air Quality”, where homeowners and occupants will share the tweaks and additions that they are making to their ventilation systems to create havens of clean air during these climate fire events. We’ll have Passive House residents from North America and Australia share their stories and a group of Passive House experts on hand to dive deep into what works and what doesn’t. We’ll see monitoring data, photos of interventions, and actionable recommendations for how to batten the hatches against wildfire smoke.

WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 4pm PST/7pm EST
4pm Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, LA | 6pm Chicago | 7pm New York, Toronto
12pm Midnight London (Friday) | 1am Darmstadt (Friday) | 10am Melbourne (Friday)

Please join us online for this Passive House Accelerator Roundtable!

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