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Passive House Weekly December 12th 2022

Passive House Weekly December 12th 2022

December 12th, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is Outlet from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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: ReTHINK PrePHab: + PHACT 2022 Party!


Join us for the last Construction Tech of 2022 and bring your thinking cap as we Rethink PrePHab with Shannon Pendleton! 

How do we create a safe space for community building? How can we change our perceptions of the AECM profession to solve a confluence of crises in climate, housing, health, and economy? What does it mean to practice, and how do we define success? Yes, there will be prizes! Get the Zoom link

THUR: Passive House Applications of Foamed Glass Aggregate


Traves Ogilvie, Composites Business Market Manager for Aero Aggregates, will join the Accelerator to discuss using Foamed Glass Aggregate (FGA) in lieu of foam board and/or natural-stone resources as well as FGA graded aggregates (Aerolite®) for use in ready-mix concrete in lieu of natural-sand-aggregate resources. Register now

NOW LIVE: Episode 117 of the Passive House Podcast


Zack interviews Amy Failla, Principal at Baxt Ingui Architects, the NYC-based firm known for its Passive House retrofits of historic buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond. Listen here

NOW LIVE: Bonus Episodes, Live from PhiusCon


Listen to the final episode of the PhiusCon Series. Thank you to Sto Corp. and Zola Windows for making the Passive House Podcast at PhiusCon 2022 possible!

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator
ReTHINK PrePHab: + PHACT 2022 Party! (Dec 14)
Passive House Applications of Foamed Glass Aggregate (Dec 15)

Design Strategies for a Cost-Effective Passive House with Sanyog Rathod and Carl Sterner (Dec 13)

THANK YOU to this week's Featured Sponsor


Visit Zola Windows

2. Featured Article of the Week


A Home Rebuilt for Barcelona

How do you sell the benefits of Passive House in a climate that is pretty lovely most of the year? Micheel Wassouf, principal of EnergieHaus, which is based in Barcelona, Spain, has been answering this question for more than a decade. During this period his 10-person firm has been increasingly busy with Passive House designing and consulting throughout Spain, and they recently certified their 200th building. But, in his hometown of Barcelona, which borders the Mediterranean Sea and can boast of a temperate climate in winter and summer days meant for swimming, Passive House has been a harder sell. Continue reading

3. New Video

Presented by New York Passive House and Passive House Accelerator, the Urban Passive House Series explores Passive House solutions and lessons-learned for urban settings, drawing on built examples from major metropolises across North America.

Episode 3 features Rubin Hall. The renovation of New York University’s landmarked Rubin Hall will be one of the largest EnerPHit certified residential buildings in the world and is an exemplary project for the retrofit of millions of square feet of pre-war multifamily construction in New York. Michael Syracuse, Partner at FXCollaborative Architects, shares the design challenges of and solutions for this innovative project.

Our recent Project Showcase presentation focuses on Carver House, a Pilot Project for the scaling of Passive House rehabilitation of vacant row homes in Baltimore & developing a high performance building workforce. This presentation describes some of the workshops and collaborations that the Carver House team has undertaken and are planning in collaboration with Baltimore City Public High Schools’ CTE (Career Technical Education).

4. Upcoming Conferences

NAHB International Builders' Show (Jan 31-Feb 2)
NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is the largest home building show in North America. This three-day event brings professionals, products and home building trends together under one roof. Join Shaun St-Amour, frequent cohost of Passive House Accelerator LIVE!, at IBS.

BUILDEX Vancouver (Feb 15-16)
BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest forum connecting the holistic building industry. Our attendees join to interact, learn and discover the newest innovations from a market in constant transformation. Join industry professionals who are evolving traditions and accelerating innovation.

International Passive House Association Conference 2023 (March 10-11)
The 26th International Passive House Conference will be held in the state capital of Hesse in 2023. #EfficiencyNOW will be the focal theme of the event. The Conference will demonstrate how buildings that use very little energy for heating and cooling can be supplied with renewable energy reliably and at scale, a timely topic. The Conference will take place in person in Wiesbaden from March 10-11, 2023. Simultaneously, online events will be available. The Call for Papers is open until 2 September 2022. The event will be held under the auspice of the Minister of Economic Affairs of the German state of Hesse. 

Northeast Sustainable Building Association, BuildingEnergy Boston (Mar 28-29, 2023)
BuildingEnergy Boston is a conference designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,000 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other. Sessions are curated by a volunteer NESEA-Member content committee to ensure that conference sessions are genuinely useful to attendees.

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

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Peel Passive
PeelPHC - THERM Course (Jan 12)
PeelPHC - THERM Course (Jan 13)
PeelPHC - THERM Course (Jan 19)

Window Comfort & Condensation Risk Calculator with James Ortega and Isaac Elnecave (Jan 17)

Emu Passive
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A (Reg for Jan '23 Winter Crew)
Passive Pod Workshop and Builder Boot Camp Troy NY (Jan 23, deadline Jan 9)
Remote Exam to become PHI Cert. PH Tradesperson CPHT (Mar 3, deadline Feb 17)

Passive House Network
CPHD On-Demand Trainings
Call For Papers (Jan 31)

World Sustainable Built Environment Conference
WSBE23 Call for Abstracts (Due April 5th, Conference Sep 27-29)

6. What We're Reading

How customized building codes can improve climate resiliency (Builder Online)

Debt, creditworthiness, and climate: A new development dilemma (Brookings Institute)

How this New Zealand local council office building became a “timber hero” (The Fifth Estate)

International Passive House retrofit certification a first for Toronto (Canadian Architect)

The Alpine village producing their own power (BBC)

As power returns to Moore County, officials say U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable (Washington Post)

California, Massachusetts top energy efficiency scorecard (Government Technology)

Governor announces completion of 160 affordable and supportive units in Brownsville (Cityland)

Sendero Verde Phase One completes construction at 60 East 112th Street in East Harlem, Manhattan (New York YIMBY)

The Technology that’s not going to save your city (CityLab)


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