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March 20, 2023

Passive House Weekly March 20th, 2022

Passive House Weekly March 20th, 2022

March 20th, 2023

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

The featured project above is 1660 Madison Avenue in New York City is an 11-story property that’s getting a low-carbon makeover, thanks in part to retrofit panels. Read more

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1. PHA Week in Preview

TUE: Buildings of Excellence Awards


Please join us virtually to celebrate the winning projects for Round Three of the Buildings of Excellence Competition, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) exciting $48+ million initiative to advance clean and resilient buildings that are profitable, beautiful, and affordable for all New Yorkers. These awards support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050 and advance Governor Kathy Hochul’s goal to achieve two million climate friendly homes by 2030. Register here

WED: Offsite Construction Methods: Using Prefabricated Panels


9am Vancouver / 12 noon New York /  5pm London / 6pm Darmstadt

Offsite construction, also known as prefabricated or modular, has been gaining popularity in British Columbia as a way to improve efficiency and reduce costs. One of the most popular offsite construction methods is the use of prefabricated panels, which can be assembled on site to construct various building types. Chris Hill (BCollective) will join our Construction Tech session to explore the current state of offsite construction in BC, focusing on the use of prefabricated panels and how they can be used to achieve Passive House standard and reduce embodied carbon emissions. We will also examine the potential benefits and challenges of offsite, with an open sourced system called BOSS (Building Offsite Sustainable Systems). Get the Zoom link

WED: Industrialized Retrofit Summit: Moving from Concept to Construction

We are excited about the upcoming programming we are producing in partnership with Phius to support their upcoming Retrofit Summit 2023. We will be joined by four retrofit experts who will share their collective experience creating solutions to upgrade existing buildings and scale for greater production in the future.

We will be joined by moderator Mary James (Passive House Accelerator) and Guest Host, James Ortega (Phius), as well as the following presenters: Aurimas Sabulis - Dextall, Dr. Avideh Zakhor - Signetron, Lucas Toffoli - RMI, Tom King - TKF.

And, in true Passive House Accelerator style, we’ll have a lively Q&A session after the presentations. Register for the PHA event | Register for the Phius event

NOW LIVE: New Passive House Podcast Episodes

NOW LIVE: New Bonus Passive House Podcast Episodes

Enjoy two special bonus episodes recorded at the 26th International Passive House Conference. Thank you to our sponsors for making these interviews possible!

Ikon Windows and Doors | Innotech Windows and Doors | Intelligent Membranes | Minotair | Pro Clima

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Offsite Construction Methods: Using Prefabricated Panels (Mar 22)
Industrialized Retrofit Summit: Moving from Concept to Construction (Mar 22)

Emu Passive
Passive House Builder Boot Camp in Golden Valley, MN (Mar 20)

Buildings of Excellence Awards (Mar 21)

Retrofit Summit (Mar 21-23)

Passive House California
Passive House Multi-Family – Good for All is Good for One (Mar 22)

#BSfriday LIVE
Teachers & Industry at JLC (Mar 24)

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

THANK YOU to this week's Featured Sponsor


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2. Featured Article of the Week


Real-World Benefits of a Passive House Retrofit

Mark Attard of Hammerwell, Inc discusses the benefits of retrofitting homes to Passive House standards in regions that are seeing more fires, more smoke damage to homes, and more days with poor air quality. Continue reading

3. Upcoming Conferences

Phius Retrofit Summit 2023 (March 21 & 23)

The Phius Retrofit Summit 2023 will weave together proven retrofit strategies with the latest in the development of Phius’ new REVIVE framework to set the stage for the future of high-performance retrofits. Day one of the online event (March 21) will feature a panel of practitioners who have each completed successful Phius retrofits. Day two (March 23), will focus on the future of retrofits, as several members of the Phius technical staff will provide an inside look at the new Phius REVIVE retrofit standard that is currently under development. (Passive House Accelerator will produce a companion event on Wednesday (between Phius's Day One and Day Two) examining Industrialized Retrofits: Moving from Concept to Construction

Northeast Sustainable Building Association, BuildingEnergy Boston (Mar 28-29, 2023)
BuildingEnergy Boston is a conference designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,000 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other. Sessions are curated by a volunteer NESEA-Member content committee to ensure that conference sessions are genuinely useful to attendees.

Facades Plus (Mar 30-31)
In its 11th year, Facades+ continues to bring together the world’s most talented building professionals. We return to New York City for our biggest event of the year. Join the conversation on the latest advances, issues, and technologies driving the AEC community.

Passive House Canada, Future Forward: Innovations in Passive House and Beyond (May 8-10)
This year’s Annual Conference will consider the evolutions and innovations of Passive House design and construction, both currently and looking towards the future. Additionally, the conference will highlight the numerous evolutions in buildings and standards within a crowded green building market. This conference will also spotlight efforts to bolster the wider building sector across Canada and internationally by driving investment and collaborations, targeting embodied carbon, increasing climate resilience, leveraging policy and regulation, and spurring on prefabrication and manufacturing sectors of Canada.

Getting to Zero Forum (May 10-12)
The Getting to Zero Forum is the premier event dedicated to building decarbonization. With a growing number of climate emergencies across the United States and around the world, there is no more important time than now for the Getting to Zero Forum. The event brings together the world’s leading experts to share best practice approaches to reducing energy demand and decarbonization related to policy, program, and projects. It is the only event with a broad cross-section of stakeholders focused on ambitious building efficiency goals and is an ideal venue for organizing both the policy and building communities to achieve zero carbon ambitions.

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)
Participate online and in Denver Colorado!

4. New Videos

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Accelerator
Construction Tech:
Offsite Construction Methods: Using Prefabricated Panels (Mar 22)
Retrofit Summit x Phius:
Industrialized Retrofit Summit: Moving from Concept to Construction (Mar 22)
Special Episode:
Healthy Materials: Up-Level Your Interiors & Passive House Projects (Mar 29)
101 Series:
10 Steps to Designing A Single Family Passive House (Apr 5)

Emu Passive
Passive House Builder Boot Camp in Golden Valley, MN (Mar 20)

Buildings of Excellence Awards (Mar 21)

Retrofit Summit (Mar 21-23)
NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence and the Seven Lessons Learned on My First Precertified Phius Project (Mar 28)

Passive House California
Passive House Multi-Family – Good for All is Good for One (Mar 22)

International Passive House Association
Passive House Airtightness and The Blower Door Test (Mar 29)

World Sustainable Built Environment Conference
WSBE23 Call for Abstracts (Due April 5th, Conference Sep 27-29)

Passive House School
Certified Passive House Designer Course (April 5)

Passive House Network
CPHD On-Demand Trainings

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6. What We're Reading

Seaweed is having its moment in the sun (New York Times)
Big oil firms touted algae as climate solution. Now all have pulled funding (The Guardian)
Dead electric car batteries find a second life powering cities (Next City)
Car-free living takes off in car-centric cities (City Lab)
Why buildings are at the center of Atlanta’s fight vs. climate change (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
These residents are building energy-efficient homes that retain heat (WESH)
Colorado’s first Passive House is a as fire resistant as they come (KOOL 1079)
World’s largest office building with ‘passive house’ design to open (New Scientist)
3 mass-timber shops that put the “super” back in supermarket (Metropolis)
Which states generated the most renewable energy in 2022 (Governing)

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