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July 25, 2022

Passive House Weekly: July 25, 2022

Passive House Weekly: July 25, 2022

July 25th, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is the PHI Certified Wheelhaus.

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: Construction Tech Community: Passive House Projects


Our own Passive House Accelerator community members will be presenting a short overview of a current or recent Passive House project. Expect the event to be a casual, fun and collaborative send off before our summer break in August! The presentation will take place on Wednesday, July 27th and will be followed by a Q+A session. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: Episode 97 of the Passive House Podcast


Michelle Lambert, principal and founder of Lambert Sustainability, chats with Mary James and Ilka Cassidy about the Northland Newton Development in Newton, MA. The project is transforming 22 acres of abandoned industrial property and unused land into a mix-use community with 800 residential units and 14 new buildings. The Northland Newton Development is another jewel in Massachusetts Passive House crown, listen to episode 97 of the Passive House Podcast to learn more about the project. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Offsite Dirt
What's reviewed in 3rd party inspections for modular construction? (July 26)

Passive House Accelerator
Construction Tech Community: Passive House Projects (July 27)

#BS Friday LIVE
MidWest Building Science Symposium 2022 Kickoff (July 29)

THANK YOU To This Week's Featured Sponsor:


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2. Featured Article of the Week


ABC Initiative’s Second Phase

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has released its report on the first phase of its Advanced Building Construction (ABC) Initiative and announced the funding awards for the second phase. The ABC Initiative aims to foster modernization of the U.S. construction industry by supporting innovative new technologies and building processes that also incorporate energy-efficiency solutions. Continue reading

3. New Video

Puerto Madero is a 17 hectares (42 acre) urban development on the outskirts of Cartagena, Colombia. The site is located just 7.2 km (4.5 miles) from the heart of Cartagena’s colonial walled city, a UNESCO world heritage site. Planned as an integrated community with a zoning density of up to 1700 housing units, the project is starting with a 1st phase of 27 single family duplexes and a 2nd phase of three six-story buildings, each with 48 apartments. The units’ design is based on Passive House principles and has been assigned by Phius as a feasibility study. The hot and humid climate of tropical regions requires intense use of cooling and dehumidification that can be effectively be mitigated with the Passive House design.

4. Upcoming Conferences

Green Building United, New Gravity Housing Conference (August 11)
At this year's 6th Annual 'Massive Passive' New Gravity Housing Conference, GBU is bringing together affordable multi-family housing experts and projects from across the Eastern US to demonstrate what is possible. Each case-based session will provide timely, useful, and directly applicable Passive House information for designers, developers, funders, owners, and builders.

NESEA's BuildingEnergy NYC 2022 Conference, Bridging the Gap (Sep 15)
NESEA's BuildingEnergy NYC conference is designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building/energy policy. Conference sessions and showcase demos offer best practices and lessons learned, case studies and proven data, technical "how-to"s, emerging technologies, and innovative policies and programs. If you are a professional in the built environment in any stage of your training and career, plan to immerse yourself in a day of networking and intensive learning on Thursday, September 15, 2022, in NYC at Convene Park Avenue (466 Lexington Avenue).

Passive House Canada Prefab Symposium 2022 (Sep 21-23)
Whether you are a design professional, building scientist, contractor, developer, government official, or financial decision-maker, Passive House Canada’s Prefab Symposium will provide case studies and best practices across Canada, and share how you can integrate an innovative prefab strategy into your core business practices. (Virtual)

PhiusCon 2022: Emissions Down, Power Up! (Oct 25-28)
PhiusCon is coming home to Chicago Oct. 25-28 at the historic Palmer House. Last year, Phius set its sights on expansion with its motto “Emissions Down, Scale Up!” and despite the obstacles presented by COVID, shared that vision with a sold-out crowd in Tarrytown, New York. PhiusCon 2021 created a wave of momentum, and Phius is looking to carry that into PhiusCon 2022 as it builds for the future. And you can’t talk about building for the future without mentioning electrification, so Phius decided to put a charge into this year’s motto: “Emissions Down, Power Up!”

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Offsite Dirt
What's reviewed in 3rd party inspections for modular construction? (July 26)
My home doesn't small moldy anymore, Wick Right; a new sustainable product (Aug 16)

Passive House Accelerator
Construction Tech Community: Passive House Projects (July 27)

#BS Friday LIVE
Emissions Down, Power Up! With Phius (Aug 5)
BOSS Building Offsite Sustainable Systems with BCollective (Aug 19)
Belinda Carr (Aug 26)
Mark LaLiberte of Construction Instruction (Oct 7)
Building Science Institute (Oct 14)

Passive House Canada
Pathway to Passive House Designer/Consultant Certification (Aug 9)
Prefab Symposium 2022 (Sep 21-23)

Emu Passive
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A (Autumn Crew open now, Q&A start Sept 22nd)
Passive Pod Workshop & Builder Boot Camp in Ft. Collins, Colorado Aug 1-5 (deadline Jul 18)
Remote Exam to become PHI Cert. PH Tradesperson CPHT Aug 11 (deadline Jul 28)

Passive House School
Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant online course (Sept 7)

PhiusCon (Oct 25-28)

Passive House Network
CPHD On-Demand Trainings
CPHT On-Demand Trainings

6. What We're Reading

How to Convince a Science Denier to Reconsider Their Beliefs (CBC)

How to Incentivize and Accelerate Low-Carbon Building Designs, with Lessons from Vancouver (Canadian Architect)

Construction Input Prices Increased 20.1% Year-Over-Year in June (Builder Online)

Metropolis Meltdown: The Urgent Steps We Need to Take to Cool Our Sweltering Cities (The Guardian)

Can We Hack the DNA in Plants to Help Fight Climate Change (National Geographic)

With the James Webb Telescope in Full Operation, Scientists Look to Reveal the Earliest Galaxies (Space)

Pacific Leaders to Declare ‘Climate Emergency’ in PIF Statement, Praise Australia’s Move to Lift Emissions Reduction Targets (ABC)

Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage Gets Hot with a ‘Sand Battery’ (Treehugger)

Feast Your Eyes on the 2022 RIBA House of the Year Longlist (Wallpaper)

A New Library Is a Living Room for a Whole Town (Metropolis)

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