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June 20, 2022

Passive House Weekly: June 20, 2022

Passive House Weekly: June 20, 2022

June 20th, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is Tillamook Row.

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: Modeling Window Details: Ensuring High Performance Window Stay High Performance


How do you take a high performance window and make sure it doesn't turn into a low performance window due to poor detailing? John Mitchell will join Construction Tech with a deep dive into energy-use and window detailing geared towards creating the most energy-efficient, comfortable, and durable buildings possible.

The session will draw from project examples at the Engine 16 Passive House retrofit, a NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence award winner. A co-founder and partner at New York-based Passive House consulting firm bldgtyp, John teaches extensively and is certified by the Passive House Institute and Phius as a Certified Passive House Consultant. Get the Zoom link

THU: Innotech Windows Component Spotlight, How to Get the Most from Your Windows and Doors


In this presentation, Mike Cairns of Innotech Windows + Doors will share the most common “go to” fenestration designs that have the potential to negatively impact performance, comfort and budget - and recommend optimized solutions you can apply to your projects. From Juliet balconies, exterior shading solutions to off-site construction, the conversation will cover a range of Passive House hot topics that not only impact your choice of fenestration, but also your fenestration design. Join us on Thursday, June 23rd to learn about foundational fenestration design strategies to optimize your project’s overall performance – whether you’re targeting Passive House or just want to get the most from your fenestration. Don’t forget to bring your questions – the Q&A is where things get geeky! Register now

NOW LIVE: Episode 92 of the Passive House Podcast


Zack interviews AJ Patton, Chicago based developer (548 Capital and The Solar Chicago Fund). AJ is currently working on two different mixed use Passive House projects seeking Phius Certification, which, upon completion, will be the largest and second largest Passive House projects in the city’s history. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Minnesota
Passive House Social (June 21)

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Modeling Window Details: Ensuring High Performance Window Stay High Performance (June 22)
How to Get the Most from Your Windows and Doors with Mike Cairns (June 23)

Emu Passive
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A, Summer Crew open now (Jun 23)
Emu's PH Open Days Colorado Tour (June 24-26)

#BS Friday LIVE
CLF Carbon Leadership (June 24)

2. Celebrating Steven Winter Associates, Our "Sponsor of the Week"


We at Passive House Accelerator are very happy to announce that Steven Winter Associates has joined us as Sponsor of the Week this week, providing underwriting support for all our programming. Steven Winter Associates, Inc. provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public sector clients. Learn more

3. Featured Article of the Week


The town of Bethel, New York became famous overnight in 1969 as the site of the original Woodstock music festival. Today, the town still attracts pilgrims and concertgoers, especially to the 16,000-seat Bethel Woods Center for the Arts amphitheater sitting just south of where the festival took place over 50 years ago, but Bethel mostly continues to be a quiet rural community in the Catskills about midway between Poughkeepsie and Scranton. Much of the area consists of farmland or forests with a few hamlets featuring generally older detached houses, as well as a few standalone commercial structures. Continue reading

4. New Video

Lauren Thomsen and Matt Gindlesparger, (Lauren Thomsen Design) and Ralph Loielo and John Roderick, (Scribe Design Build) join the Accelerator to discuss challenges and opportunities that have risen during the design and construction of a new construction single family passive rowhouse project on a very small infill lot in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. The project is Pre-Certified for PHIUS+ 2018 (Passive House) certification, and will ultimately be net zero capable, thanks to a solar array that will be located on the roof.

5. Upcoming Conferences

Retrofit Canada Conference (June 23-24)
Following the great success of our first Retrofit Canada Conference in 2021, the first and only retrofit conference in Canada is coming back, stronger than ever this coming June 2022. The second annual Retrofit Canada Conference will focus on: Recent laws and regulations, inancing large scale retrofit projects, market trends and new technologies, project updates and investment opportunities, partnership models and sustainability. High-level decision makers from the government, key municipalities and authorities, project owners, facilities managers, financiers, sustainability experts, technology providers and consultants will all gather in one room to discuss all the above and more. Learn more

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

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

6. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Minnesota
Passive House Social (June 21)

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Modeling Window Details: Ensuring High Performance Window Stay High Performance (June 22)
How to Get the Most from Your Windows and Doors with Mike Cairns (June 23)

#BS Friday LIVE
CLF Carbon Leadership (June 24)
Radiant Cooling with Messana (July 1)

PHMass June Open Meeting (June 14)

Passive House Network
2022 Passive House For All Conference (June 17)
International Passive House Open Days (June 24-26)
CPHD On-Demand Trainings
CPHT On-Demand Trainings

Phius Rater Training, Online (June 20)
Phius CPHC Phase II Training, Online (July 11)

Fine Homebuilding
Wall Assembly Final Four (June 21)

Emu Passive
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A, Summer Crew open now (Jun 23)
Emu's PH Open Days Colorado Tour (June 24-26)
Passive Pod Workshop & Builder Boot Camp in Ft. Collins, Colorado, deadline Jul 18 (Aug 1-5)
Remote Exam to become PHI Cert. PH Tradesperson CPHT, deadline Jul 28 (Aug 11)

International Passive House Association (iPHA)
Mid-Year Passive House Open Days (June 24-26)

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)

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

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

7. What We're Reading

Why We Need Passivhaus in Hot Climates (Tree Hugger)

Europe Heatwave: Outdoor Events Banned in Parts of France (BBC News)

The Farmers Restoring Hawaii’s Ancient Food Forests that Once Fed an Island (The Guardian)

After a Year of Missed Opportunity, New York Revises Sputtering Hotel-to-Housing Plan (City Limits)

Building Code Changes Could Take Decades to ‘Future-Proof’ Homes for Extreme Heat That’s Here Now (CBC)

“Passive House Masterpiece” Training Centre a First for Germany (The Fifth Estate)

Detroit’s Commercial Buildings Carry Massive Potential for Energy Efficiency. What’s Holding It Up? (Energy News Network)

Factory-Built Homes Could Make a Comeback as Affordable Housing (CityLab)

Single-Family Starts Fall for Third Consecutive Month in May (Builder Online)

The Real Villain in the Gentrification Story (The Atlantic)

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