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April 11, 2022

Passive House Weekly: April 11, 2022

Passive House Weekly: April 11, 2022

April 11, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is The Cornell Tech Tower.

Do you have Passive House news that we should share in a future edition? Email us at: [email protected].

1. Passive House Week in Preview

WED: What Wall Assembly and Insulation Type Should I Use?

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Marcel Studer of Econ Group Ltd. joins the Passive House Live Construction Tech edition to discuss insulation strategies and wall assembly options. He will share lessons learned over the past 18 years as a designer, builder and instructor focusing on energy efficiency, building science and construction technology.

Join us on April 13th for in-depth project details and a live Q+A session. Get the Zoom Link

SPECIAL: Vote Drive This Week

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Help Passive House Accelerator LIVE!'s Shaun St-Amour as he competes for the title of DIY Hero for his work on the PH-Art Shack project. Daily votes are free and paid Impact Votes support the American Lung Association. Read more and show your support

NOW LIVE: Episode 82 of the Passive House Podcast

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Matthew interviews Adam Souter, Director of Souter Built in Sydney, Australia about his approach to high performance building design and his remarkable Pepper Tree Passive House project. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community: 

Offsite Dirt
Evolution of Our Homes (April 12)

Building Energy Exchange
Passive House Primer (April 12)

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
What Wall Assembly and Insulation Type Should I Use? (April 13)

BS Friday LIVE
A Tiny Good Thing with Isabelle (April 15)

2. Featured Article of the Week

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Ice Box Challenge Sydney: A Lesson in Marketing Passive House

Throughout the last week of February and early days of March 2022, two seemingly identical structures sat side by side in Martin Place, one of the busiest hubs in Sydney’s central business district. Aside from each looking “like a wooden tent,” as John Beurle—a member of the nonprofit Australian Passive House Association (APHA)—told the Sydney Morning Herald, each contained a block of ice measuring 1 cubic meter. Continue reading

THANK YOU To This Week's Featured Sponsor:

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Visit Ikon Windows and Doors

3. New Videos

Does Passive House Cost The World? | Passive House Live

Expert practitioner and educator Daniel Kress of Smart Plus Academy presents a special edition of Passive House Accelerator LIVE! featuring an entertaining dive into the incremental cost of Passive House compared to conventional construction in single-family homes. Daniel's presentation features pearls of wisdom from Daniel, as well as smart ways to communicate the value of Passive House to clients, developers, and the market.

Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle | A Discussion with Lloyd Alter

Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle, the new book written by Lloyd Alter, reveals the carbon cost of everything we do, identifying where we can make big reductions, while not sweating the small stuff.

4. Upcoming Conferences

Phius Developer's Summit 2022 (April 26-28)
The Phius Developer’s Summit 2022 will look to serve as a gateway into the world of passive building for developers and real-estate professionals. The event will take place virtually April 26-28 with each of the three nights covering a specific topic: Tuesday, April 26, Single-Family Panel; Wednesday, April 27, Multifamily Panel; Thursday, April 28, Financial Panel. Register.

Humid Climate Conference (May 1-3)
The Humid Climate Conference was born in Austin, TX 2016 as a confluence of empowerment and education for architects, builders, engineers, and trades to bring Passive House projects to life. Now this premier conference focused on high-performance buildings in the south has survived the ongoing pandemic and is making its reappearance May 1-3, 2022. Passive House Austin is thrilled to invite you back to Texas to listen, learn and network with industry thought leaders, boots-on-the-ground overachievers, and a fantastic mix of manufacturer sponsors. Learn more.

2022 Sustainability Symposium (May 6)
Get ready for the 12th Annual Sustainability Symposium (virtual and in-person) on May 6th at Penn State at the Navy Yard! This event will showcase transformative ideas, projects, and opportunities to inspire visionary movement toward a generous, verdant, decarbonized built environment. Session topics will include Circular Economy/Zero Waste, Integrated Design, Financing, Incentives and Policies, Green Schools, Carbon Neutrality, Indoor Air Quality, LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Enterprise, WELL, green stormwater infrastructure, 2030 Districts and so much more! Register.

Passive House Canada Conference: In the Face of Climate Change (May 25-27)
Learn how Passive House design and technology addresses our need for climate resilience, improving our homes and offices now and into the future. This conference will offer the latest insights, case studies, and best practices, spanning the spectrum of knowledge for architects, engineers, building owners, government policymakers and planners, financial decision-makers, and property managers. Register.

The Passive House Network: 2022 Passive House For All (June 10 & 17)
Efficiency | Equity | Electrification | Embodied Carbon. We must transform our built environment with integrated solutions. We know the basic ingredients: efficiency, equity, electrification, and embodied carbon. We have the know-how today. So let’s dive into the synergies and the specifics. Let’s get aggressive, grab all of these tools, and take radical holistic action to build a healthy prosperous future for all people before it’s too late. If you agree, join us in Boston and online. Learn more.

PhiusCon 2022: Emissions Down, Power Up! (Oct 25-28)
PhiusCon is coming home to Chicago Oct. 25-28 at the historic Palmer House. Last year, Phius set its sights on expansion with its motto “Emissions Down, Scale Up!” and despite the obstacles presented by COVID, shared that vision with a sold-out crowd in Tarrytown, New York. PhiusCon 2021 created a wave of momentum, and Phius is looking to carry that into PhiusCon 2022 as it builds for the future. And you can’t talk about building for the future without mentioning electrification, so Phius decided to put a charge into this year’s motto: “Emissions Down, Power Up!” Call for Speakers.

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Offsite Dirt
Evolution of Our Homes (April 12)

Building Energy Exchange
Passive House Primer (April 12)

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
What Wall Assembly and Insulation Type Should I Use? (April 13)

BS Friday LIVE
A Tiny Good Thing with Isabelle (April 15)

Phius
CPHB Training (April 18)

Passive House Accelerator: Building Performance Interactive (April 21)
Adopting Innovative Manufacturing Techniques - Offsite LGS Structures’

The Passive House Network
PHN Certified PH Contractor Training (CPHT) (Starts April 21)

Phius
Developer’s Summit 2022 (April 22-28)

Passivhaus Trust 
Passive House Master Class Non-Domestic Retrofit (April 27)

Passive House Austin 
Humid Climate Conference (May 1-3)

Smart Plus Academy 
Builder Course (May 5)

The Passive House Network
PHN Certified PH Designer Training, In-person (May 2-6)
PHN Certified PH Designer Training, On-demand Hybrid (Starts May 6)

Green Building United
2022 Sustainability Symposium (May 6)

Smart Plus Academy 
Designer Course (May 23)

The Passive House Network 
CPHD On-Demand Trainings
CPHT On-Demand Trainings

View our full calendar here. 

6. What We're Reading

WHO Says 99% of World's Population Breathes Poor-Quality Air (AP News)

Methane in Earth's Atmosphere Rose by Record Amount Last Year, US Government Data Shows (The Guardian)

Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, U.N. Panel Warns (New York Times)

It's Time for a Net Zero Building Boom (City Lab)

Loose Building Standards Let Homes Overheat in Summer, Stay Cold in Winter, Passive House Advocate Says (ABC News)

Before & After: A Ramshackle New Jersey Row Home Becomes a Passive House with Pizzazz (Dwell)

Deconstructivism (Canadian Architect)

Prefabrication and VDC Critical for Complex Projects (Construction Business)

Max Fordham's Home Named UK's First Net Zero Carbon House (Architecture Today)

Six Steps the World Can Take to Halt Climate Change (Washington Post)

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