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February 13, 2023

Passive House Weekly February 13th, 2022

Passive House Weekly February 13th, 2022

February 13th, 2023

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is the PHI Certified Bright Haus #1 in Minneapolis, MN.

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1. PHA Week in Preview

WED: Fifth Street Passive House, Modeled & Measured Performance


New Time! 9am Vancouver / 12 noon New York /  5pm London / 6pm Darmstadt

This month's Project Showcase Edition will feature a fast, factual, and fun presentation about Fifth Street Passive House. Scott Yribar and Skylar Swinford will discuss the recently constructed single-family infill project certified to PHIUS+ 2018 & Source Zero located in Boise, ID (Climate Zone 5B). They will introduce the project's design, and present measured energy and hygrothermal performance data and how it compares to modeled performance. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: Episode 126 of the Passive House Podcast


Passive House Podcast cohost Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Jessica Allen, Technical Manager at Climasure. They speak about how an early interest in energy modeling lead to her career in high performance building and Passive House, Australian building codes, and the challenge of raising awareness for high performance building to young builders and architects.  Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator LIVE! Project Showcase
Fifth Street Passive House: Modeled and Measured Performance (Feb 8)

Passive House Rocky Mountains
Chapter Meeting (Feb 15)

More Than a Blower Door: Top Lessons Learned from Phius Raters and Verifiers (Feb 15)

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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2. Featured Article of the Week


Big Developments in the Northwest

It’s a whirlwind of activity at the office of the Artisans Group Architecture and Planning in Olympia, Washington—the temporary office, that is. The 11-person practice, which is headed up by Tessa Bradley and Roussa Cassel, currently is operating out of a 900-ft2 former home, but plans have been submitted for a new building on the front portion of the property that will allow the team to expand into a more reasonable 2,000 square feet of space. The new office will occupy the ground floor of a three-story building that will include six units of market-rate rental housing on the top two floors. Continue reading

3. Upcoming Conferences

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 event will be held under the auspices of the Minister of Economic Affairs of the German state of Hesse. 

The conference's Passive House Exhibition Party will be hosted by Passive House Accelerator thanks to generous underwriting from Enersign and Rothoblaas USA. The Accelerator team will also be onsite at the conference conducting interviews for a special IPHC podcast series supported by Ikon Windows + Doors, Intelligent Membranes, Innotech Windows, and Pro Clima.

Phius Retrofit Summit 2023 (March 21 & 23)
The Phius Retrofit Summit 2023 will weave together proven retrofit strategies with the latest in the development of Phius’ new REVIVE framework to set the stage for the future of high-performance retrofits. Day one of the online event (March 21) will feature a panel of practitioners who have each completed successful Phius retrofits. Day two (March 23), will focus on the future of retrofits, as several members of the Phius technical staff will provide an inside look at the new Phius REVIVE retrofit standard that is currently under development. (Passive House Accelerator will produce a companion event on Wednesday (between Phius's Day One and Day Two) examining panelized retrofits, details TBA.)

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!

4. New Videos

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

The A+Awards Jury

PHA Founder Michael Ingui has been inducted to the A+Awards Jury. The jury academy is comprised of leaders who are actively shaping the world we live in, representing a sought-after segment of design-savvy professionals including distinguished luminaries from fields as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development and tech. Finalists and winners get their work in front of the people who matter and gain recognition as the year’s most influential visionaries.


The Extended Entry Deadline is almost here! the Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program celebrating the world's best architecture and the people that bring it to life. Architects and designers around the globe are invited to submit their latest projects for worldwide recognition and international publication this year. Find Out More

Passive House Accelerator
Project Showcase: Fifth Street Passive House: Modeled and Measured Performance (Feb 15)
Construction Tech: Six&Kane: First EnerPHit Plus Certified Commercial Building in the US (Feb 22)
Component Spotlight: Reaching Zero: Insulation Solutions from Owens Corning (Mar 9)

Emu Passive
Passive House Builder Boot Camp in Ft. Collins, CO (Feb 20)
Passive House Builder Boot Camp in Golden Valley, MN (Mar 20)

Passive House Network
CPHD On-Demand Trainings

Retrofit Summit (Mar 21-23)

Peel Passive
Upcoming: Certified Passive House Designer Course (Feb 14)

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

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6. What We're Reading

Are tiny homes the solution to the housing crisis (New York Times)
Our city could become one of the world's greenest, but it won't be easy (New York Times)
Can space dust slow global warming?
(The Harvard Gazette)
Climate change looms behind South America’s heat wave (Foreign Policy)
‘Monster profits’ for energy giants reveal a self-destructive fossil fuel resurgence (The Guardian)
Fighting climate change was costly. Now it’s profitable. (The Atlantic)
L.A. shutting down largest gas plant and replacing it with hydrogen project (Los Angeles Times)
Automakers on track to miss IPCC climate change goal (CBT News)
Electric vehicle charging networks trend toward convenience (Government Technology)
Chucking the seed: Julie Bargmann embraces the urban wilds of Detroit with PARK(ing), designed for Prince Concepts (The Architects’ Newpaper)
How to reform zoning to allow more density around transit – and meet housing demand (Next City)
Building for people and the planet: Q+A with Phius’ Katrin Klingenberg (Builder Online)

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