Passive House 2020 Charts Fresh Approach to Harness Virtual Medium

June 22, 2020

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In this era of virtual meetings, it’s smart for conference organizers to take a step back and evaluate. If we simply try to reproduce the format and schedule of in-person conferences, we risk creating poor online imitations. But if we instead think about the virtual medium and its unique strengths—video, real time chat, opportunities for asynchronous production—then we have the chance to create something different that offers new value to participants.

We are happy that NAPHN is taking the lead and diving into this more creative approach to virtual conference production with Passive House 2020: Choose Your Future. The core of the conference effort, of course, is to share great content by top notch presenters. At Passive House 2020 this will get a jumpstart with the keynote address by Dan Heath, co-author of the bestselling book about driving change, Switch (among others). It will then continue with presentations by dozens of thought leaders in the Passive House and building decarbonization world. (See conference schedule.)

But equally important to the content shared is the way that the content is delivered; how will the conference harness the opportunities of a virtual medium? At Passive House 2020, session presentations are being pre-recorded and edited for impact and length. Speakers will be on-hand, live, to answer questions during the “broadcast” of the presentations, providing a unique opportunity for interaction and dialogue. Between sessions, short video messages from partners and sponsors will replace the longer talks-from-the-podium that we have grown accustomed to at in-person conferences. And rather than packing all of the conference into two veerrrry long Zoom days, NAPHN will present its Passive House 2020 content in digestible three-hour chunks, spread out across six Wednesdays (starting this week).

During the evening following each Wednesday conference session, we at Passive House Accelerator will expand upon and riff on a topic from that day’s conference at the weekly Global Passive House Happy Hour. This Wednesday (June 24) the Happy Hour will feature “Data, Not Anecdotes” presented by Joanna Grab and Jennifer Leone, who will then be joined for a Q&A power session by their fellow panelists from that day’s “Passive Assets” panel. (Thank you to Ken Leveson for collaborating with us to curate these aligned Happy Hours.)

So, if you haven’t already, please register for Passive House 2020 now. NAPHN is doing some important trailblazing here and it should be a lot of fun. We’ll “see” you in the chat sessions!

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