Passive House Week in Preview: March 22

March 22, 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. THURSDAY: 475 High Performance Building Supply’s Passive House Component Spotlight

On Thursday, March 25 (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern), we will feature Nick Shaw of 475 High Performance Building Supply for the latest installment of our action-packed Passive House Component Spotlight series.

Attendees will get an introduction to the catalog of 475’s materials available to North America. The presentation will include everything from products the Passive House community has relied upon for years, to the newest (and upcoming) releases. Most importantly, get a sense for the best case uses for each material and how they all come together to create assemblies optimized for comfort, carbon, safety, and health.

Come ready with your questions, as Nick’s presentation will be followed by a lively Q&A session where you can dive into the details.

Warning: Things will get geeky.

Register Here.

2. TUE: Cliff Chambers & Luis Garcia at Construction Tech

In this week’s installment of Construction Tech Tuesday (March 23) we welcome two site supers, Cliff Chambers of Taffera and Luis Garcia of SMR Craftworks. Cliff and Luis will talk through the three T’s of supervising Passive House construction in NYC. Plus, the Construction Tech Tuesday Crew be joined by guest co-host Shannon Pendleton. Learn more.

3. WED: Gramercy Retrofit with In Cho at the Happy Hour

Wednesday (March 24), CPHD In Cho of ChoShields Studio will present on a Passive House retrofit in Manhattan. In has over 20 years of experience in energy-efficient design and will dive into the retrofit details of the Gramercy Townhouse, which achieved EnerPHit status through Passive House Institute. Learn more.

4. NOW LIVE: Episode 31 of the Passive House Podcast

Matthew interviews Clare Parry about her role in launching Australian Passive House Association, her efforts to accelerate Passive House adoption in Australia, and her framing of Passive House as the foundation to low carbon building. Listen Here.

5. SPONSOR OF THE WEEK: 475 High Performance Building Supply

We’re happy to celebrate 475 High Performance Building Supply as our Sponsor of the Week for the week of March 22, 2021. 475 joined the Accelerator last year as a Patron Sponsor and then upgraded to become a Founding Sponsor. 475’s Shaun St-Amour is a regular fixture on our Global Passive House Happy Hour and Construction Tech programming. We’re proud to partner with a firm whose motto is, “Build Like The Future Depends On It.” Because…it does! Visit 475.

6. SAVE THE DATE: Spring Conferences & Summits

PHIUS Mechanical Summit (April 19–22)
Registration is now open for the PHIUS Mechanical Summit! The summit will feature pre-recorded sessions and live panel discussions. Each day of the Summit will cover one of four main topics in an effort to bring more awareness to what components and practices can create a solid mechanical system across different climates. Register here.

Living Future 2021: Inclusion + Unity (April 20–23)
This spring the International Living Future Institute will host its annual conference virtually. The Conference address the drivers of climate change and the structural inequities in the built environment. The second day will host ILFI’s first Spanish language track course focused on the needs of Latin America, justice, and building resilience. Attendees can also expect seminars on policy, finance, technology, and a product expo. Register here.

Passive House For All: North American Passive House Network (June 10–11)
This hybrid (in-person + virtual) conference will center around the accessibility of Passive House. Attendees can expect the usual programming such as specialized technical, process, and policy of Passive House with a specific emphasis on environmental, health, and social crises. Register here. P.S more affordable rates are available for students this year!

7. SOCIALS: Passive House/Building Science Gatherings

Passive House Accelerator Construction Tech Tuesday
Site Super Insights: Cliff Chambers & Luis Garcia (Tue, March 23)

Global Passive House Happy Hour
Gramercy Retrofit: In Cho, ChoShields (Wed, March 24)

BS+Beer Show
Alternative Heating Strategies for Low-Load Homes with Sonia Barrantes and Kristof Irwin (Thu, March 25)

Passive House Canada
In the House: Online Social Series (Thu, March 25)

Passive House Accelerator Component Spotlight
Nick Shaw: 475 High Performance Building Supply (Thu, March 25)

#BS (Building Science) Fridays
Mass Timber Conference Kick-Off on Building Science (Fri, March 26)

8. EDUCATION: Upcoming Passive House Trainings

North American Passive House Network
Certified Passive House Designer Training (March 24–25, March 31- April 2)

Emu Systems
Certified Passive House Tradesperson Course Spring (March 25)

Decarb Lunch Series (March 26)

International Passive House Association
iPHA Q&A with PHI: PHPP, DesignPH and Tools with Jan Steiger (March 30)

Studio for High-Performance Design and Construction
Wood Stoves in High-Performance Houses — Building Science Discussion Series (March 31)

Castaño & Asociados Passivhaus
Passive House Design Course, Spanish Speaking (April 1)

World Resource Institute
Undaunted by COVID-19: 2020 City Clean Energy Trends & Stories (April 1)

PHIUS+ Verifier Training April 5 (April 5)
CPHB Training Phase II April 6 (April 6)
PHIUS CPHC Training Phase II (April 12)

Passive House Canada
120A Series: Passive House Design & Construction (April 6)
Cold Climate Webinar Series (April 7)

Passive House California
Evidence-Based Performance (April 8)

Western Retail Lumber Association
From the Ground Up: Passive House Canada (April 13)

Studio for High-Performance Design and Construction
Indoor Air Quality — Building Science Discussion Series (April 21)

PHIUS+ Rater Training (April 26)

Passive House Canada
Building for Sustainability with Chris Ballard (April 22)
Built In Canada: Lessons Learned From PH Projects (April 30)

View our full calendar here.

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Thank you to 475 High Performance Supply for being our Sponsor of the Week for the week of March 22, 2021!

Thank you to 475 High Performance Supply for being our Sponsor of the Week for the week of March 22, 2021!

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