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June 5, 2023

Passive House Weekly June 5th, 2023

Passive House Weekly June 5th, 2023

June 5th, 2023

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

The featured project above is Halifax, Nova Scotia’s first Passive House retrofit. Read more

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1. PHA Week in Preview

WED: 10 Steps to Designing A Multifamily Passive House


The 101 Edition of PHA LIVE! explores the fundamentals of Passive House and the application of basic principles, as taught by expert designers and tradespeople. Michelle Apigian, Associate at ICON Architecture, joins our next session with 10 Steps to Designing A Multifamily Passive House: Tips and Tricks From an Architect. Michelle will discuss the crucial steps to steps to designing a successful, large scale multifamily passive house considering factors such as energy efficiency, occupant comfort, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: New Passive House Podcast Episode

NOW LIVE: New Bonus Passive House Podcast Episodes

Enjoy the next few episodes in our series of interviews recorded at the 2023 Passive House Canada Conference.

Thank you to our sponsor, EuroLine Windows for making these conversations possible!

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator
10 Steps to Designing A Multifamily Passive House (June 7)

Building Energy Exchange
Grid Response to Electrification (June 6)
PH Airtightness and Ventilation (June 7)

Passive House Canada
Pathway to Passive House Trades Certification (June 7)

Passive House Institute
DIY Measures (June 7)

Urban Green Council
NYC Next: Trends for a Changing City (June 8)

Do you have Passive House news that we should share in a future edition? Email us at: [email protected]

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2. Featured Article of the Week


Brownsville Passive House to Offer Stability for the Unhoused
The joint venture by Slate Property Group and RiseBoro Community Partnership will bring 215 units of housing to the Brooklyn neighborhood and 130 of those units will be reserved for formerly unhoused young adults and their families. Read more

THANK YOU to this week's Featured Accelerator Partner


3. Upcoming Conferences

NYC Next: Trends for a Changing City (June 8)
In our 2023 conference, NYC Next: Trends for a Changing City, we’re bringing together experts to explain three key trends that will shape the city: getting to net zero, converting offices to apartments, and centering resiliency in NYC’s buildings of the future. We’ll talk to the individuals who have an inside look at these trends and are doing the work to make NYC’s climate targets a reality.

Facades+ (June 16)
In its 11th year, Facades+ continues to bring together the world’s most talented building professionals. We return to Toronto to discuss the latest advances, issues, and technologies driving the AEC community.

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

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Are you based in NY and working on a project designed to be carbon neutral or hit net zero energy performance levels? You could receive up to $2M from NYSERDA through their Carbon Neutral Community Economic Development program, which is accepting applications through 07/28/23. Learn more

Passive House Accelerator
10 Steps to Designing A Multifamily Passive House (June 7)
Minimize, Maximize or Balance: Designing for Net Zero on an Urban Site (June 14)
Component Spotlight: Guaranteed High Performance Air Sealing with PH Airseal (June 15)

Building Energy Exchange
Grid Response to Electrification (June 6)
PH Airtightness and Ventilation (June 7)

Passive House Canada
Pathway to Passive House Trades Certification (June 7)
Pathway to Passive House Designer/Consultant Certification (June 12)
Master Class Series: A Pattern Language from Passive House (June 14)

Emu Passive
Passive Design Build Boot Camp, Colorado (June 26)
Passive Design Build Boot Camp, Vermont (July 31)

Passive House Network
FREE PHPP10 Update Webinar (June 27 & 29)
New Regional Hybrid CPHD Courses (June-Sept)
Specialized Windows Course (June 13)
CPHD On-Demand Trainings

Urban Green Council
Crushing the Code NYS: Commercial (June 13)
Crushing the Code NYS: Residential (June 15)
Crushing the Code NYC: Commercial (June 20)
Crushing the Code NYC: Residential (June 27)
What’s New in the 2020 NYC Energy Code (June 28)

Edmund Hillary Fellowship
Exploring the Regenerative in the Built Environment and Applying the Lessons in Housing (June 19)

Passive House Institute
DIY Measures (June 7)
International Passive House Open Days (June 23-25)
PHPP Expert Course (Sep-Jan)
Online PH Designer/Consultant Course in English (Oct-Dec)

Multifamily Certification 101 with James Ortega (June 13)
Certified Verifier Training (July 10)
A Case for Phius Certified Warehouses with Jesse Hunt and Al Mitchell (July 25)

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

Does your organization have an upcoming event? Submit it here to be included in our next newsletter.

6. What We're Reading

Why not a 300-year-old net-zero home? (Builder Online)
Boston’s new stretch code requires new multifamily structures to meet Passive House building requirements (Building Design + Construction)
Lewiston housing co-op wants its high efficiency buildings to be a model for green development (Maine Beacon)
Campaign group demands solar panels on all new buildings (Architects’ Journal)
Learn to appreciate what we already have and retrofit respectfully (RIBA Journal)
Energy efficiency upgrades for low-income homes (BBC News)
U of T Passive House residence to be ready for fall (Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning Magazine)
A sustainable Australia depends on what happens in our cities – that’s why we need a national urban policy (The Fifth Estate)
In a boost for bikes, cities back sustainable mobility (DW)
Arizona limits construction around Phoenix as its water supply dwindles (New York Times)

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