Passive House Weekly July 10th, 2023

July 10th, 2023

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

The featured project above is The Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst in Germany. It is the first Passive House Institute certified hospital. Learn more

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1. PHA Week in Preview

WED: High Energy Performance With Low Carbon Building Materials

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Our July Next Gen episode features Paul Shepski of Vancouver, BC based Geography Construction. The central focus of his presentation will be two projects (one completed and one in progress) that are attempting to achieve high energy performance while also using low carbon building materials. In today's relentless pursuit of energy performance, the thickness of our walls has increased significantly. It is crucial to critically examine the materials utilized in wall assemblies and evaluate their long-term sustainability and impact on human health. Paul will shed light on these vital considerations, encouraging us to reflect on the choices we make in constructing our homes. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: New Passive House Podcast Episode

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2. Featured Article of the Week

From Eric Bosley 1688678146

Building a Forever Home

Clare Pierson and Peter Humphrey are no strangers to the benefits of living in a high-performance building. For years, the wife and husband have resided in a spacious, nineteenth-century farmhouse on the perimeter of Rockefeller State Park in the village of Sleepy Hollow, NY, where they experienced the before and after of a deep energy retrofit. The retrofit eliminated drafts and drastically cut the house’s energy use by installing better insulation and heat pumps. Continue reading

3. Upcoming Conferences

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)
At the 2023 Passive House Network Conference, we will share our ambitions for a better world. Today, we have huge opportunities to change course. As communities are being stressed and assaulted by the escalating effects of the climate crisis: wild fires, droughts, floods, conflicts, energy insecurity, poverty, sickness and inequality – let’s explore how we can build better buildings, better communities and a better world. Passive House is the platform. Passive House education and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing has the power to change our vocabulary, our conversations, and our culture. Let’s expand the conversation. The conference program will include industry leading designers, builders, developers, manufacturers, and owners, from across the country and around the world.

BuildingEnergy NYC (Oct 12)
NESEA's BuildingEnergy NYC conference and trade show is a chance to immerse yourself in a full day of networking and intensive learning with your peers from the fields of design, construction, engineering, policy, finance, and beyond. This unique event is designed by and for our community of practitioners, ensuring that the content is useful, relevant, and on the leading edge. Conference sessions present best practices and lessons learned based on real case studies and proven data, as well as showcasing innovative technologies and programs. If you are a building sustainability professional in any stage of your career, mark your calendar now, and plan to join us on Thursday, October 12, 2023 in New York City!

PhiusCon (November 7-10)
PhiusCon 2023 is headed to the Lone Star State! By hosting this year’s conference in Houston, we have our eyes set on the next frontier of passive building: hot and humid climates. The need for reliable, efficient buildings has never been greater in Texas and beyond, which is why now is the perfect time to expand Phius’ footprint in the south. Phius buildings are designed with the grid in mind – providing energy independence and hardening the larger grid system. Despite the challenges posed, the Phius methodology has proven to be effective in hot and humid climates. PhiusCon 2023 will provide an entryway into the Phius community for local practitioners, developers and policymakers, equipping them with a blueprint to create more resilient, grid-friendly, healthy communities.

4. New Videos

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5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Accelerator
High Energy Performance With Low Carbon Building Materials (July 12)
Buildings of Excellence: Working For a Low Carbon Future (July 19)

Passive House Canada
Pathway to Passive House Designer/Consultant Certification (July 10)
Master Class Series: Achieving the Passive House Standard for Existing Buildings (July 11)

Passive House Network
New Regional Hybrid CPHD Courses (June-Sept)
CPHD On-Demand Trainings

Certified Verifier Training (July 10)
A Case for Phius Certified Warehouses with Jesse Hunt and Al Mitchell (July 25)

Emu Passive
Passive Design Build Boot Camp, Vermont (July 31)

Passive House Institute
PHPP Expert Course (Sep-Jan)
Online PH Designer/Consultant Course in English (Oct-Dec)

Energize Delaware, New Ecology + Green Building United
Phius Certified Builder (CPHB) Training (July 19-21)

Peel Passive House
Passive House Design & Construction Course (Sep 12)

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6. What We're Reading

Climate change could swamp this island. Home sales are surging. (Washington Post)
Earth reaches hottest day ever recorded 4 days in a row (ABC News)
‘Literally off the charts’: Canada’s fire season sets records – and is far from over (Politco)
Amazon deforestation down by a third in 2023, says Brazilian government (BBC News)
American cities have a conversion problem, and it’s not just offices (New York Times)
Green cities: The private finance opportunity to combat climate change (The Fifth Estate)
Can a city feed itself? (CityLab)
Building for proximity: The role of activity centers in reducing total miles traveled (Brookings)
Housing can help cultivate connections. Here’s how to do it right. (Next City)
Home designer creates a sustainable house cheaper than Earthships and Passive Homes (Dengarden)

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