Passive House Week in Preview: Feb 1

February 01, 2021


Read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, deadlines, and developments to put on your radar this week. Do you have Passive House news that we should share in a future edition? Email us at:

1. TUE: Prudence Ferreira, PH@#$ Ups at Construction Tech

Tuesday (Feb 2) Prudence Ferreira joins the Construction Tech team to talk about the classic Passive House PH$@# Ups and how to avoid them. Prudence brings over a decade of Passive House experience to the table as a PHIUS trainer, designer, principal, and most recently as the Senior Associate of Sustainable Design at BR+A Consulting Engineers. Learn more.

2. WED: Jesper Kruse on Multiyear Retrofit at Happy Hour

Tuesday (Feb 3) Jesper Kruse of Maine Passive House will present at the Happy Hour. As a Passive House consultant and owner of Maine Passive House, it was only a matter of time before Jesper embarked on the retrofit of his own home. During his presentation, Jesper will dive into the nitty-gritty of his multiyear retrofit and tips for home retrofits for cold climates. Learn more.

3. NOW LIVE: Episode 24 of the Passive House Podcast

Anton Dobrevski, founder of Passive House School, joins podcast cohost Matthew Cutler-Welsh for a discussion about Anton’s Bulgarian roots, early inspiration from his father (a Passive House builder and pioneer), architecture studies in the Netherlands, and subsequent motivation to start Passive House School. Listen here.


We’re happy to celebrate Partel as our Sponsor of the Week for the week of February 1, 2021. Partel joined the Accelerator last year as a Patron Sponsor and recently upgraded to become a Founding Sponsor. We’re proud to partner with a like-minded, mission-driven firm to accelerate the transition to high-performance buildings! Visit Partel.

5. REGISTER NOW: Retrofit Summit Feb 15

It’s 2021, and high time we talk retrofits. Building construction and operation generates nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. As the Passive House community knows, retrofits hold the key to decreasing significant carbon emissions from the building sector and mitigating the effects of climate change. Join us on February 15 to hear from leaders of the boldest retrofit programs in North America on how to push the pace of retrofits and cut carbon emissions from existing buildings. Expect scintillating presentations and lively discussion!

  • Betsy Agar, Reframed Initiative, Pembina Institute
  • James Geppner, RetrofitNY, NYSERDA
  • Brett Webster, REALIZE, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Lorrie Rand, ReCover Initiative, Habit Studio
  • Beverly Craig, Triple Decker Challenge, MassCEC
  • Naomi Beal, 50 Houses Research Initiative, passivhausMAINE

REGISTER HERE. The virtual summit is free and will take place on February 15 from 7–9 pm EST/4–6 pm PST. Register to receive the zoom link.

6. SOCIALS: Passive House/Building Science Gatherings

Passive House Accelerator Construction Tech Tuesday
Avoiding PH PH@#$ Ups: Prudence Ferreira
(Tue, Feb 2)

Global Passive House Happy Hour
Multiyear Home Retrofit: Jesper Kruse
(Wed, Feb 3)

BS+Beer Show
Do I need to Vent This Roof? (Thu, Feb 4)

#BS (Building Science) Fridays
Passive House Canada: Chris Ballard (Fri, Feb 5)

Passive House Accelerator
Passive House RETROFIT Summit (Mon, Feb 15)

7. EDUCATION: Upcoming Passive House Trainings

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