Passive House Weekly: July 4, 2022

July 4th, 2022

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

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: First & Templeton: 60 Unit Residential Apartment and Townhouse Development in Vancouver, BC

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First & Templeton is a sixty-unit residential Passive House development in East Vancouver BC. The project features four buildings orientated around a central courtyard in a hybrid typology of four-story stacked apartments and three-story townhouses.

Gwill Symons and Scott Kennedy of Cornerstone Architecture will join the Accelerator with an in-depth overview of the project site, design, opportunities and challenges, and lessons learned. Their presentation will cover Passive House strategies relating to ventilation, heating, and cooling; domestic hot water, and envelope and air tightness. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: Episode 94 of the Passive House Podcast

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In this Fourth of July episode, Zack interviews Brad Mahoney, Director of Sustainable Development at MP Boston, about his firm's revolutionary development work in the heart of Boston. The two recorded the interview on the 19th floor of the iconic Winthrop Center, a 691-foot tall, 1.8 million square foot high-rise project that will house the world's largest Passive House (PHI) commercial office space once it's completed in early 2023. Brad shares technical details about the project, the performance and health benefits that it will confer to tenants, and why Passive House makes sense for this $1.3 billion development. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator Live!
First & Templeton: 60 Unit Residential Apartment and Townhouse Development (July 6)

#BS Friday LIVE
The Red Door of Truth "Retrotec" (July 8)

Passive House Canada
Pathway to Passive House Designer/ Certification (July 5-28)
Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings (July 6)

Peel Passive House
Certified Passive House Designer Course (July 5)

THANK YOU To This Week's Featured Sponsor:


Visit Sto Corp.

2. Featured Article of the Week

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In 2018 Syracuse, NY-based architect Tom King was excited to be an early solutions provider in NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY program, exploring approaches to scale up retrofits in New York State. The pilot project he became involved with was a housing complex in Phoenix, New York that was typical of the state’s low-rise multifamily housing and, thus, a good candidate for developing replicable approaches. The Christopher Court is a 40-unit, two-story, wood-framed complex of five buildings. Continue reading

3. New Videos

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Learn how the Passive House movement can channel Solarpunk's outrage AND optimism to build a future where people can thrive. Join Passive House Accelerator's director, Zack Semke, in Part 4 of his four-part video exploration of the climate crisis, the clean energy transition, and how buildings will play a starring role in halting climate change. Can Passive House design and construction help achieve a Solarpunk future where people can thrive?

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Our most recent Component Spotlight episode features a lesson on High-Performance, Multi-Family Building Envelopes from Ken Keifer, Director of SIGA's High-Performance Training Academy. Ken covers the basics of membranes, adhesive tapes, sealants and primers and will dive into larger topics such as high-performance vs typical multi-family building envelopes, how to plan for a high-performance building envelope, and common challenges to expect in multi-family construction.

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In this episode of "Colorado Voices: Building Back Better After the Marshall Fire" by Rocky Mountain PBS, we hear the remarkable story of the rebuilding effort underway in the aftermath of the Marshall Fire and the role that Passive House design and construction is playing in that effort.

"Six months since the Marshall Fire burned more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County, the Coloradans affected are looking to the future. After the devastating realization that this type of fire can happen any time of year and in almost any place, several families are rebuilding homes that are not only more eco-friendly but also more fire resistant."

4. Upcoming Conferences

NetZeroBuild Summit (June 28 & 29)
NetZeroBuild Summit 2022 brings together the net-zero community in the Midwest to discuss challenges, opportunities, innovations, policy changes and other developments regarding net-zero design, energy, construction, materials and building operations. Learn more

BE+ Building Tech Forum 2022 (July 7)
Built Environment Plus envisions a thriving and diverse community, creating a built environment of net positive systems of water and energy, of financial and social equity, and of ecological and human health. Which innovations in building technology are advancing us towards this vision?

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!” Learn more

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Accelerator
First & Templeton: 60 Unit Residential Apartment and Townhouse Development (July 6)
Breaking the Norm: Influencing the Design Process and Emerging Markets for Passive House (July 13)

#BS Friday LIVE
The Red Door of Truth "Retrotec" (July 8)
Pretty Good House (July 15)
BOSS Building Offsite Sustainable Systems with BCollective (Aug 19)
Belinda Carr (Aug 26)

Passive House Canada
Pathway to Passive House Designer/ Certification (July 5-28)
Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings (July 6)

Peel Passive House
Certified Passive House Designer Course (July 5)

Phius CPHC Phase II Training, Online (July 11)
PhiusCon (Oct 25-28)

Offsite Dirt
The Dirt, Smart Inventions: T-STUD, it's all about the Thermal Break (Jul 12)

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)

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

6. What We're Reading

Editorial: The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder to Save the Planet (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Architects and Leaders Take on Their City’s Homeless Crisis (Metropolis)

Architecture Can’t Wait for Regulators to Move on Sustainability (Diamond Schmitt)

Why Retired Scientists May Have Already Discovered Today’s Green Energy Solutions (CBC)

Energy Demand Reduction for Meeting National Zero-Emission Targets in the United Kingdom (Nature Energy)

Leading the Way in Building High-Performance and Fire-Resistant Homes (Rocky Mountain PBS)

U.S. DOT to Spend $1B Undoing Past Infrastructure Harm (GovTech)

Powys’ Passivhaus Scheme Scoops Excellence Award (Wales 24/7)

What Does It Mean for a Hotel to Be Carbon Neutral (Washington Post)

Fashion Brands Halt Use of “Greenwashing” Sustainability Index (Mother Jones)

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