New York, NY February 10, 2021 — The North American Passive House Network announced today that it is hosting a building ventilation symposium titled Let’s Clear The Air: Ventilation, High Performance, and Passive House, to be held online, Wednesday, March 10, at 2 — 5:30 PM EST. The symposium will gather experts in building ventilation and the application of Passive House high-performance targets.
In designing and building high-performance buildings, ventilation is often an underappreciated component. The pandemic has made the health implications of good ventilation more obvious but the energy impact remains largely obscured.
Yet when we target radical whole-building energy efficiency, ventilation energy impacts become significant and obvious. The Passive House Institute has helped lead the effort to advance ventilation testing, protocols, and certification of components to ensure that high-quality ventilation is a core solution of high-performance building outcomes.
Why does the Passive House methodology demand certain testing and how did we get here? What’s next? What are the implications for whole building systems design and long-term performance?
This symposium tackles these questions, providing a common frame of reference, greater clarity, and shared understanding, in the pursuit of growing high-performance building and Passive House markets.
“We are excited to host this important symposium event,” said NAPHN Executive Director, Ken Levenson. “As we push toward more robust health, efficiency and climate outcomes in our built environment, more questions arise — from professional practitioners and industry players. This event is meant to answer many of those questions and provide a baseline to help move the American building industry forward toward our zero-carbon emissions future .”
As carbon emissions goals tighten, efficiency demands grow, and Passive House performance levels are normalized, this focus on ventilation performance is an opportunity for the ventilation industry around the world and in the US. If component testing outputs can provide Passive House modeling data inputs, and products can meet Passive House targets, there is an emerging high-performance global market that can be served to the benefit of everyone.
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