Passive House Week in Preview: Feb 8

February 07, 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: Brandon Weiss, Offsite PH Projects at Construction Tech

Tuesday (Feb 9) the Construction Tech Tuesday crew will welcome Brandon Weiss. Brandon is the Chief Innovations Officer of Dvele and will dive into the technical, technique, and technology of offsite Passive House projects. Dvele is a San Diego-based prefab and modular construction company that is diving into Passive House in southern California. Learn more.

2. WED: Amy Failla, Historic PH Firehouse Retrofit at the Happy Hour

Continuing our February retrofit palooza we will welcome Amy Failla to present on a historic firehouse Passive House retrofit at the Passive House Happy Hour on February 10. Amy is a principal at Baxt Ingui Architects and has helped create the firm’s systematic approach to Passive House. With multiple single-family EnerPHits under her belt, Amy will share the details of the historic firehouse retrofit. Learn more.

3. NOW LIVE: Episode 25 of the Passive House Podcast

In this episode, cohost Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Sian Taylor, owner of Team Green Architects in Queensland, New Zealand, about her fusion of Passive House with architectural design excellence. Their conversation explores how Passive House principles have found their way into all of Sian’s work, and how she focuses first on “freebies” of orientation and shading to guide building design. Learn more.

4. 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.

5. SOCIALS: Passive House/Building Science Gatherings

Passive House Accelerator Construction Tech Tuesday
Offsite PH Projects: Brandon Weiss (Tue, Feb 9)

Global Passive House Happy Hour
Historic PH Firehouse Retrofit: Amy Failla (Wed, Feb 10)

Passive House Canada
Building Conversations with Chris Ballard (Wed, Feb 10)

BS+Beer Show
Communicating High-Performance Details (Thu, Feb 11)

#BS (Building Science) Fridays
Blue Earth DEconstruction (Feb 12)

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

Q&A Session with PHI: Research and Monitoring with Jürgen Schnieders (Feb 24)

6. EDUCATION: Upcoming Passive House Trainings

NAPHN + Peel Passive House
Specialized PHPP Training (Feb 9 &11, 16 & 18, 23 & 25)

Platforma Education Passivhaus (PEP)
Passive House Tradesperson Course, Spanish Speaking ( Feb 11)

Exploring Paths to Net Zero in Affordable Housing (Feb 16)

Australian Passive House Association
CLT Passive House (Feb 17)

Building Energy Exchange
Climate Mobilization Primer (Feb 17)

Ventilation in Residential Buildings and Schools (Feb 23)

Introduction to Passive House Standard (Feb 24)

WUFI Passive House for Beginners (Feb 25)
CPHC Training Phase II (March 1)

Australian Passive House Association
Passive House Designer/ Consultant Course (March 2)
Certified Passive House Tradesperson Course (March 4)

PHIUS+ Rater Training
(March 22)

Certified Passive House Trades Person Course Spring (March 25)

View our full calendar here.

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