Passive House Weekly April 17th, 2023

April 17th, 2023

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments.

The featured project above is an EnerPHit retrofit of a home in Livingston, Montana. Read more

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1. PHA Week in Preview

WED: Vienna House: Designing for Connectedness & Climate Resilience

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Vienna House is a 123-unit social housing development in Vancouver, British Columbia. The project is a prefabricated hybrid structure of mass timber and light wood frame and includes a unique courtyard form to address climate, social and acoustic issues. The building has been designed to a very low embodied/operational carbon emissions and is targeting Passive House Certification.

We will be joined by Jamie Harte (PUBLIC), as well as Stuart Hood and Thomas Barber (Introba). The presentation will focus on the lessons learned in the first phase of the project; construction begins in summer 2023. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: New Passive House Podcast Episode

NOW LIVE: New Bonus Passive House Podcast Episodes

Enjoy this special bonus episode recorded at the 26th International Passive House Conference. Thank you to our sponsors for making these interviews possible!

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THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Vienna House: Designing for Connectedness & Climate Resilience (Apr 19)

Phius 101 for Architects and Engineers (Apr 21)

Climate Action Museum
Climate Action Museum Earth Day Fun-Raiser & Dance (Apr 22)

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

THANK YOU to this week's Featured Sponsor

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A Bucket List Home Takes Shape in New Mexico

Though considering himself only “reasonably skilled”, homeowner Kyle Siler-Evans has framed the exterior wall construction and windows; done masonry work; installed the electrical, plumbing, and flooring; and even built the cabinets and the front door from scratch with the help of just two other people. Read more

THANK YOU to this week's Accelerator Partner

Barlis Wedlick

3. Upcoming Conferences

Passive House Canada, Future Forward: Innovations in Passive House and Beyond (May 8-10)

This year’s Annual Conference will consider the evolutions and innovations of Passive House design and construction, both currently and looking towards the future. Additionally, the conference will highlight the numerous evolutions in buildings and standards within a crowded green building market. This conference will also spotlight efforts to bolster the wider building sector across Canada and internationally by driving investment and collaborations, targeting embodied carbon, increasing climate resilience, leveraging policy and regulation, and spurring on prefabrication and manufacturing sectors of Canada.

Getting to Zero Forum (May 10-12)
The Getting to Zero Forum is the premier event dedicated to building decarbonization. With a growing number of climate emergencies across the United States and around the world, there is no more important time than now for the Getting to Zero Forum. The event brings together the world’s leading experts to share best practice approaches to reducing energy demand and decarbonization related to policy, program, and projects. It is the only event with a broad cross-section of stakeholders focused on ambitious building efficiency goals and is an ideal venue for organizing both the policy and building communities to achieve zero carbon ambitions.

NYC Next: Trends for a Changing City (June 8)
In our 2023 conference, NYC Next: Trends for a Changing City, we’re bringing together experts to explain three key trends that will shape the city: getting to net zero, converting offices to apartments, and centering resiliency in NYC’s buildings of the future. We’ll talk to the individuals who have an inside look at these trends and are doing the work to make NYC’s climate targets a reality.

ASES Solar 2023 (Aug 8-11)
ASES supports the global initiative that a world equitably transformed to 100% renewable energy is an urgent necessity. Through the ASES National Solar Conference, SOLAR 2023 will elevate public, institutional, and governmental awareness of the critical role solar energy is playing in the global energy landscape. We must ensure that access to and the benefits from clean energy will be enjoyed by all communities, especially those that have been denied those benefits in the past.

2023 Passive House Network Conference (Sep 28-Oct 6)
Participate online and in Denver Colorado!

PhiusCon (November 7-10)
The four-day conference includes presentations from the top minds in the industry and is a catalyst for the advancement of passive building.

4. New Videos

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5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Accelerator
Project Showcase:
Vienna House: Designing for Connectedness & Climate Resilience (Apr 19)
Construction Tech
Cracking the Case by Thinking Thermally (Apr 26)

Phius 101 for Architects and Engineers (Apr 21)
PhiusCon 2023 Call for Abstracts (May 26)

Climate Action Museum
Climate Action Museum Earth Day Fun-Raiser & Dance (Apr 22)

B Public Prefab
Performance Prefab Installer Training (Apr 24)

Peel Passive House
Certified Passive House Designer Course – PeelPHC (April 25)

Passive House Network
PHN DEI: Connecting Underserved Communities with Sustainability Opportunities (Apr 27)

Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Ice Box Challenge (May 1-8)

Building America
RFP for Community-Based Retrofit Solutions (May 9)

Passive House Network
Getting to Zero Forum (May 10)
CPHD On-Demand Trainings

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6. What We're Reading

‘Passive House’ buildings boast climate & health perks. Why aren’t there more of them? (City Limits)
Weathering the future with Passive House construction (PBS)
Boston moves to implement climate-friendly building code (Public News Service)
Climate change: fossil fuel emissions from electricity set to fall – report (BBC News)
Dementia risk may rise as air quality worsens (MedPage Today)
A key part of America’s plan to slash carbon emissions (New York Times)
N.J. communities get $70M for electric buses, garbage trucks (FutureStructure)
How Sweden electrified its home heating—and what Canada could learn (CBC)
The Belgian towns producing their own green power (Der Spiegel)
Europe needs energy. Moroccan solar may be a clean solution. (New York Times)

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