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Passive House Weekly February 20th, 2022

Passive House Weekly February 20th, 2022

February 20th, 2023

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is House Askew in Philadelphia, PA.

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1. PHA Week in Preview

WED: Six&Kane: First EnerPHit Plus Certified Commercial Building in the United States


New Time for 2023! 9am Vancouver / 12 noon New York /  5pm London / 6pm Darmstadt

Norm Horn (New Ecology Inc) and Gary Moshier (Moshier Studio) join Construction Tech to discuss Six&Kane, the first EnerPHit Plus Certified Commercial Building in the United States.

Their presentation will focus mainly on the wall assemblies of the front and rear elevations of the building and how they handled each from design response, implementation, and then modeling and certification. The project was completed in September of 2022 and is on track to become the first EnerPHit Plus certified commercial building in the US. Gary will be presenting about the Six&Kane project at the International Passive House Conference in Wiesbaden, Germany next month. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: Episode 127 of the Passive House Podcast


Mary James and Ilka Cassidy interview Kelly Moynihan, Principal at the women-led firm, HPZS. With certifications in Passive House design, Living Building Challenge, WELL Standard, and LEED, Kelly's work to decarbonize the built environment spans Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Six&Kane: First EnerPHit Plus Certified Commercial Building in the United States (Feb 22)

Passive House Network
Crafts Street Senior Housing: A New Pacesetter (Feb 21)

Member Office Hours - Project Questions (Feb 21)

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

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2. Featured Article of the Week


In Push to Reach Net Zero By 2046, Princeton Goes Passive

Princeton University is one of the oldest and most well-respected institutions of higher education in North America. It’s also relatively small, with fewer than 9,000 combined undergraduate and graduate students. While the university has certainly grown since relocating from Newark to the borough of Princeton ten years after its 1746 founding, it had remained self-contained within the suburban New Jersey community from where it gets its name until recently. 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.

Facades Plus (Mar 30-31)
In its 11th year, Facades+ continues to bring together the world’s most talented building professionals. We return to New York City for our biggest event of the year. Join the conversation on the latest advances, issues, and technologies driving the AEC community.

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.

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!

4. New Video

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings


We are excited about the upcoming programming we are producing in partnership with Phius to support their upcoming Retrofit Summit 2023. We will be joined by four retrofit experts who will share their collective experience creating solutions to upgrade existing buildings and scale for greater production in the future. Learn more

Passive House Accelerator
Construction Tech: 
Six&Kane: First EnerPHit Plus Certified Commercial Building in the US (Feb 22)
101 Series:
10 Steps to Building Your First Passive House (Mar 1)
Building Performance Interactive:
Structural Fire Safety Testing in Offsite Manufactured Energy-Efficient Buildings (Mar 2)
Next Gen:
How Am I Building Two Passive House Mixed Use Developments at the Same Time? (Mar 8)
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)

Does your organization have an upcoming event? Submit it here to be included in our next newsletter.

6. What We're Reading

Will global warming make temperature less deadly? (Washington Post)
Ohio train derailment: how dangerous are the chemicals? (BBC News)
The case for spending more on infrastructure maintenance (Brookings Institute)
In praise of the ‘15 minute city’ – the mundane planning theory terrifying conspiracists (The Guardian)
How to build a better bike-share program (Next City)
Electric buses are gaining new traction in the marketplace (Government Technology)
Green in brief: Duke Energy completes Hot Springs microgrid (Mountain Xpress)
Three trends in off-site construction to watch for in 2023 (
This First Nations cultural center is a symbol of community and sustainability (Metropolis)
Passive House affordable senior housing project opens in Boston (Building Design + Construction)

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