Passive House Week In Preview: June 21

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: [email protected].

1. TUE: Multifamily Compartmentalization Strategies

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On Tuesday (June 22) take a deep dive with Jon Jensen into the building science principles, design details, and onsite implementation strategies needed to pass blower door tests of single units in multifamily buildings. Jon, based in Philadelphia, is the director of sustainability and the chair of the board of directors for Green Building United. Learn more.

2. WED: Sri Lanka Passive House Garment Factory

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Jordan Parnass and Dylan Martello will present the internationally recognized EnerPHIT retrofit of a garment factory in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the Wednesday (June 23) Global Passive House Happy Hour. Jordan is CPHD and principal of Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture (JPDA). Dylan is a senior building systems consultant at Steven Winter Associates. Learn more.

3. NOW LIVE: Episode 44 of the Passive House Podcast

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In this episode of the Passive House Podcast, co-host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews architect Kyle Mills, Director of BluKube Architecture in Sydney, Australia, and pioneer of both Passive House practice and education Down Under. Listen here.

4. COMPONENT PODCAST: Glavel Special Episode

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In this, the first special Passive House Component episode of the Passive House Podcast, cohost Zack Semke speaks with Rob Conboy, CEO of Glavel, an industry innovator and founding sponsor of Passive House Accelerator. Rob and Zack dive into Glavel’s origin story, its commitment to 100% clean energy use in the production of its foam glass gravel, the firm's moves to weave equity and inclusion into its company DNA, and its quest to eliminate operational and embodied carbon emissions from buildings throughout North America. Listen here.

5. Centering Equity in Passive House June 24

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Centering Equity in Passive House is a presentation and workshop to offer a practical path for companies to either begin the discussion or improve upon existing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within their firms. The presentation (developed from the Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector initiative of NAACP) asks members of the Passive House community to challenge themselves, their companies and organizations, to take on self-identified commitments which build up the next generation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) professionals in the design, engineering, construction, and management of the Passive House movement across North America. Co-presented by Astrid Countee and Johnny Rezvani. Register here.

6. Revitalizing Communities: The Retrofit Issue

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Achieving a carbon-neutral built environment is going to require deep energy retrofits of somewhere around 3% of the building stock annually—a big step up in most areas. How do we get there? This retrofit special issue delivers a constellation of answers, from multiple programs that are designed to industrialize retrofit processes to architectural firms honing retrofit practices to individually tailored retrofit solutions. Download here.

7. Save the Date: Spring Conferences & Summits

Policy Chats hosted by NAACP Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector 
The goal of these chats is to provide a relaxed and informal space to learn about the basic approaches and mechanisms currently being used for different types of policy. Using this common foundation and shared language, the NAACP Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector group will dive back into our discussion about our priorities and interventions for policy change around the country. Join the conversation:
Historic Preservation Part 2, 8 pm ET June 22
Building Electrification 8 pm ET June 28

Passive House Open Days 2021 (June 25-27)
Are you enthusiastic about the Passive House concept and its advantages? Then take part in the Open Days and motivate others to join the movement by sharing your knowledge and experiences! Learn more.

25th International Passive House Conference (September 10-11)
The conference is planned as an in-person event in the historical City Hall of Wuppertal, Germany, on September 10 and 11. There will also be online offerings accompanying the event to reach a global audience. "Last year's online conference opened a lot of doors for us and helped us reach even more international participants. Learn more.

PhiusCON Registration Open! (October 12-15)
Register by July 15 for a substantial early bird discount. For now, in person attendance is capped--so if you want to be there, don't delay.

Two days, five tracks, three keynotes--Joe Lstiburek will provide the finale on Friday, October 15. We'll have the conference and preconference grids soon!

8. SOCIALS: Passive House/Building Science Gatherings

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Passive House Accelerator Construction Tech Tuesday
Jon Jensen:  Multifamily Compartmentalization (Tue, June 22)

Global Passive House Happy Hour
Jordan Parnass and Dylan Martello: Sri Lanka Passive House Factory  (Wed, June 23)

Passive House Canada
Building Conversations with Chris Ballard and Guest Casey Grey (Wed, June 23)

Building Energy Exchange 
Urban Green Council 2021 Conference Climate, Equity, and Health (Wed, June 23)

Passive House Accelerator 
Centering Equity in Passive House Community Workshop (Thu, June 24)

#BS (Building Science) Fridays
Jason LaFleur of Gas Technology Institute (Fri, June 25)

International Passive House Association 
International Passive House Open Days (Fri, June 25 - Sun, June 27)8. EDUCATION: Upcoming Passive House

9. EDUCATION: Upcoming Passive House TrainingsNYSERDA

CPHB Training Phase II (June 21)

Rocky Mountain Institute 
Remaking the Warehouse (June 23)

Emu Passive
Online CPHT Training and Exams (June 24 - August 8, deadline to enroll June 17)
Online CPHT Q&A Session (June 25)

Passive House Canada
Built in Canada: Lessons Learned from Passive House Projects (June 25)

Passive House New Zealand 
Marketing Passive House (June 29)

Peel Passive House Consulting 
Certified Passive House Designer Course ( (July 6-29)

CPHC Training Phase II (July 12)

1-Day Introduction to Passive House Standard (July 21)

Urban Green Council
GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green (July 22)

CPHB Training Phase II (August 3)

Emu Passive 
In-Person CPHT Class in Denver, CO (August 9-10)
In-Person Passive Pod Workshop for PHI and PHIUS pros in Denver, CO (Aug 11-12)
CPHT Exam Online/In-Person in Denver, CO (August 13)

CPHC Training Phase II (September 13)

View our full calendar here.

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