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June 6, 2022

Passive House Weekly: June 6, 2022

Passive House Weekly: June 6, 2022

June 6th, 2022

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

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

WEDS: Window Geek's Guide to Installs: Field Problems and Solutions


Doug Pruess (Owner at Midwest Efficiency Supply, AAMA Installation Masters Accredited Instructor) will join our PHA Live! Construction Tech session to discuss best practices for incorporating high-performance windows and doors into Passive House projects. He will cover misconceptions, field problems and solutions, key questions to ask, and the mission critical aspects of ensuring a successful install. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: Episode 90 of the Passive House Podcast


Matthew interviews Priscila Besen, Architect (BR) and lecturer in Architecture at Huri Te Ao AUT's School of Future Environments. They discuss Passive House retrofit potential for heritage buildings in New Zealand and her efforts to create a better, healthier, more liveable built environment for future generations. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Window Geek's Guide to Installs: Field Problems and Solutions (June 8)

Passive House Canada
A Pattern Language from Passive House (June 8th)
Built in Canada (June 10th)

#BS Friday LIVE
Health and Comfort, The Clay Way with Larry Clay (June 10)

Passive House Network
2022 Passive House For All Conference (June 10 and 17)

2. Celebrating Emu, Our "Sponsor of the Week"


We at Passive House Accelerator are very happy to announce that Emu has joined us as Sponsor of the Week this week, providing underwriting support for all our programming. The Mission of Emu is to close the gap between mainstream construction practices and advanced, proven building science, and to empower our industry to build for the future and for resiliency through builder training and simple, standard, Passive systems. Learn more

3. Featured Article of the Week


The Waring School is an independent school for students in grades 6-12 that sits just outside of the town of Beverly, a North Shore community about 20 miles northeast of Boston. Its campus has been located at the same bucolic site since 1976, when the school purchased an estate that contained some woodlands, a pond, and a stream, as well as five separate structures: a main house, barn, farmhouse, greenhouse, and stable and carriage house. Over the years, these structures have been adapted for use by the school. Continue reading

4. New Videos

Four housing specialists share their collective experience creating a range of middle density, high efficiency, and Passive House projects in single family and transitional neighborhoods. Take advantage of their expertise in providing more affordable housing options and learn about ways to sidestep the challenges presented in creating high efficiency housing for the “middle.” We are joined by moderator, Timothy McDonald (Onion Flats), as well as the following presenters:  Bryn Davidson, Lanefab Dylan Lamar, Cultivate, Inc. Julie Klump, Preservation of Affordable Housing Liz Hauver, Placetailor.

Chicago based developer AJ Patton (548 Capital and The Solar Chicago Fund) showcases 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. He is joined by the two project architects, Lesley Roth (Lamar Johnson Collaborative) and Douglas Farr (Farr Associates), as well as Guest Host, Kyra Woods, who is a Policy Advisor for the City of Chicago. Their presentation highlights the two projects, and cover how to interface with local jurisdictions, create inclusive project teams, create above-market returns and transform communities all while positively impacting the environment. 

5. Upcoming Conferences

The Passive House Network: 2022 Passive House For All (June 10 & 17)
Efficiency | Equity | Electrification | Embodied Carbon. We must transform our built environment with integrated solutions. We know the basic ingredients: efficiency, equity, electrification, and embodied carbon. We have the know-how today. So let’s dive into the synergies and the specifics. Let’s get aggressive, grab all of these tools, and take radical holistic action to build a healthy prosperous future for all people before it’s too late. If you agree, join us in Boston and online. Learn more

Electri-fiction to Electrification: Overcoming Barriers (June 15)
At Urban Green Council's 2017 conference, the group noted that the path to electrification was cluttered with uncertainty, raising more questions than answers. In the past five years, we’ve gotten some answers (like when the right time to start electrifying is), seen dramatic shifts in policy, and made notable progress at the systems and grid level. But we haven’t seen wide-scale market adoption yet. This year’s conference tackles the remaining barriers holding us back, lessons learned from the few that have made the leap and how we can accelerate progress now. Use code ELECTRIFY for $10 off at registration. Learn more

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 Accelerator LIVE!
Window Geek's Guide to Installs: Field Problems and Solutions (June 8)
How to Get the Most from Your Windows and Doors with Mike Cairns (June 23)

Passive House Canada
A Pattern Language from Passive House (June 8th)
Built in Canada (June 10th)

#BS Friday LIVE
Health and Comfort, The Clay Way with Larry Clay (June 10)
Radiant Cooling with Messana (July 1)

Passive House Network
2022 Passive House For All Conference (June 10 and 17)
CPHD On-Demand Trainings
CPHT On-Demand Trainings

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

Emu Passive
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A, Summer Crew open now (Jun 23)
Online Summer CPHT Crew open for on-demand access + Live Q&As (June 23)
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)

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

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

7. What We're Reading

Current Policies Will Bring ‘Catastrophic’ Climate Breakdown, Warn Former UN Leaders (The Guardian)

Five Questions to Help You Understand Hurricanes and Climate Change (NASA)

Indian Heatwaves Threaten Maternal and Baby Health (DW)

NYC Youth Takes the Lead on Climate Activism (City Limits)

Chicago Offers a Blueprint for Expanding Urban Internet Access (CityLab)

Federal Officials Launch National Initiative to Advance Building Codes (Builder Online)

The 6 Principles of Sustainable Building Envelope Design (Canadian Apartment Magazine)

A Practical Approach to Installing Windows (Fine Homebuilding)

Meet the Finalists of Scotland’s Home of the Year (BBC News)

Decarbonizing Mobility: The Challenge of the Century (Le Monde)

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