Passive House Weekly January 9th, 2022

January 9th, 2023

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is PHI certified Vogel Haus in Olympia, Washington.

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1. PHA Month in Preview

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

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This Wednesday! Our first episode of PHA Live! Next Gen includes presentations from Carmel Pratt (Bright Power) and Zoe Kaufman (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).

Both Carmel and Zoe will share insights on what inspired them to become passionate about Passive House, pivotal projects, their mentors, challenges, and lessons learned along the way. Join us to learn what the PHuture of Passive House holds. See you this Wedsnesday, 1/11 at 9am PT / 12pm ET! Get the Zoom Link

And here's a preview of the next three PHA Live! episodes after this week's Next Gen show:

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PHALive! CT 012523 Barry Cramer
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NOW LIVE: Episode 121 of the Passive House Podcast

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Passive House Podcast guest cohosts Mary James and Ilka Cassidy interview Leslie Billhymer, Principal at Corona Partners Real Estate, about her 15-plus years of experience in real estate and her work as a Certified Passive House Consultant and Certified Energy Manager. The conversation centers on her work in Philadelphia project managing a number of complex, deep energy retrofits of historic buildings for the human services nonprofit, Elwyn. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events in the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator
Introducing Next Gen: What’s Next For the PHuture of Building? (Jan 11)

Emu Passive
Online Passive Design/Build Construction Course (Jan 12)

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

475 on #BSfriday (Jan 13)

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2. Featured Article of the Week


Scotland to Require New Homes Be Built to Passivhaus Standard

All new housing in Scotland will soon be required to meet the Passive House standard or a Scottish equivalent. The Scottish Government has said that it will begin developing the design standard in 2023 and formally implement it the following year. Continue reading

3. 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!

4. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

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The 11th Annual Architizer A+Awards is open for entries! The world’s largest architectural awards program provides an unparalleled opportunity for global recognition. Enter and earn your chance at global recognition! (Ends Jan 27)

Passive House Accelerator
Introducing Next Gen: What’s Next For the PHuture of Building? (Jan 11)
In a Finite World, Why Stop at Passive House? (Jan 18)
Source 2050 Component Spotlight - Closing the Gap Between Specifying and Sourcing (Jan 19)
The Designer's Roadmap to High Performance HVAC (Jan 25)
10 Steps to Designing Your First Passive House: Tips and Tricks From an Architect (Feb 1)

Peel Passive
PeelPHC - THERM Course (Jan 12)
PeelPHC - THERM Course (Jan 13)
PeelPHC - THERM Course (Jan 19)
PeelPHC - THERM Course (Jan 20)

475 on #BSfriday (Jan 13)
SASHCO booth #su10108 IBS on #BSfriday (Jan 20)
Huber Engineered Woods (Jan 27)

International Passive House Conference
Early Bird Ticket Rate (Now until Jan 15)

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

Emu Passive
Online Passive Design/Build Construction Course (Jan 12)
Passive House Builder Boot Camp in Green Island, NY (Jan 23)
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
Northeast Cohort: Hybrid CPHD/C Course Kick-Off (Jan 20)
Rocky Mountains Cohort: Hybrid CPHD/C Course Kick-Off (Jan 20)
Call For Papers (Jan 31)
Join the California Zoning Holiday (Feb 1)

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

Has the Amazon Reached Its ‘Tipping Point’? (New York Times)Building with Sustainable Wood Is Key to Greener Cities (CityLab)
Biden Administration Seeks to Limit Deadly Air Pollution (The Guardian)
Federal Funding Helping to Boost Microtransit in Rural Areas (FutureStructure)
One Year Later: Stories of the Marshall Fire (Rocky Mountain PBS)
Can the Rust Belt Become the Housing Belt? (Architect Magazine)
Renderings Reveal $1.2B Mixed-Use Alafia Campus in East New York, Brooklyn (New York YIMBY)
Why Everyone is Going to Need a Heat Pump (Washington Post)
The Decarbonization Challenge: 4 Passive Strategies for Energy-Efficient Building Systems (Arch Daily)
These Houses Stay at 20C Year-Round, with Super-Low Power Bills: ‘I’m Ruined for Living Anywhere Else’ (Stuff)