Passive House Weekly: March 7, 2022

March 7, 2022

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

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: Ventilating for Healthy Indoor Environments:

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Everyone needs to breathe AND eat. Scott Farbman, Innovation Lead at dbHMS, will explore ventilation design solutions that provide healthy indoor air and tackle the trickiest indoor pollutants in Passive House buildings, like those from our kitchens. Scott will share individual, semi-central, and central system designs drawing from his research and experience overseeing projects ranging from large-scale mixed-use skyscrapers to small-scale single family homes and community driven libraries. Get the Zoom Link.

NOW LIVE: Episode 77 of the Passive House Podcast:

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Matthew interviews Australia-based architect Pablo Sepulveda, of the engineering and design firm Aurecon, about his work on the pioneering Ngā Kāinga Anamata pilot social housing project in Auckland, New Zealand. Listen here.

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community:

Building Performance Lab
Retrofit Now! Reduce Carbon with LL97 (March 9)

The Passive House Network 
Fenestration Symposium (March 9)
Building Energy Compliance Seminar (March 10)
Why Passive House? The Inside Scoop with Ken Levenson (March 11)

Phius CORE 2021 Prescriptive Path Training (March 11)

2. Featured Article of the Week



Putman Family YWCA in Hamilton, Ontario opened its doors in fall 2021 to its first affordable housing development designed for women and their children. YWCA Hamilton set the Passive House goal for the housing in part so that the residents would be able to focus on their well-being, health, and education rather than coping with poor or substandard living conditions. Read article.

THANK YOU To This Week's Featured Sponsor


3. New Videos

(VIDEO) Passive House Component Spotlight with PROSOCO: Air Barriers for Retrofits and New Construction
Air barrier specialists from PROSOCO dive into the ins and outs of air-sealing and air-tightening on retrofits and new buildings.

(VIDEO) PHribbon and Embodied Carbon with Tim Martel | Building Performance Interactive Ep. 5 
The developer of PHribbon addresses the power of the tool in enabling designers to achieve accurate calculations of the full lifetime Embodied CO2 for Passive Houses.

(VIDEO) How to NOT Put a Pin In It, Shaun St-Amour (PHA LIVE!: Construction Tech) 
Shaun, co-founder and co-host of Construction Tech, dives into the tiniest issues that can pose some of the biggest challenges to the blower door score: pinholes.

4. Upcoming Conferences

BUILDEX Vancouver 2022 (March 23 & 24)
Passive House Canada and BUILDEX Vancouver team up for the March 23 & 24 event. The Passive House Canada Exhibition Pavilion will be THE place to discover high-performance building materials, products & technologies. Register.

Humid Climate Conference (May 1-3)
The Humid Climate Conference was born in Austin, TX 2016 as a confluence of empowerment and education for architects, builders, engineers, and trades to bring Passive House projects to life. Now this premier conference focused on high-performance buildings in the south has survived the ongoing pandemic and is making its reappearance May 1-3, 2022. Passive House Austin is thrilled to invite you back to Texas to listen, learn and network with industry thought leaders, boots-on-the-ground overachievers, and a fantastic mix of manufacturer sponsors. Learn more.

Passive House Canada Conference: In the Face of Climate Change (May 25-27)
Learn how Passive House design and technology addresses our need for climate resilience, improving our homes and offices now and into the future. This conference will offer the latest insights, case studies, and best practices, spanning the spectrum of knowledge for architects, engineers, building owners, government policymakers and planners, financial decision-makers, and property managers. Call for Speakers.

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.

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!” Call for Speakers.

5. Upcoming Passive House Trainings

Building Energy Exchange 
Retrofit Now (March 9, April 7)

Building Performance Lab
Retrofit Now! Reduce Carbon with LL97 (March 9)

The Passive House Network 
Building Energy Compliance Seminar (March 10)
Why Passive House? The Inside Scoop with Ken Levenson (March 11)

CPHC Phase II Training (March 14)

The Passive House Network 
Optimizing Form & Function (March 15)

Passive House School
Certified Passive House Designer and Consultant Exam (March 18)

CPHB Training (March 21)

Passivhaus Trust 
Passive House Master Class Multi-residential Retrofit  (March 30)

CPHC Phase II Training (April 4)

Building Energy Exchange
Passive House Primer (April 12)

CPHB Training (April 18)

Passivhaus Trust 
Passive House Master Class Non-Domestic Retrofit (April 27)

Smart Plus Academy 
Builder Course (May 5)

Smart Plus Academy 
Designer Course (May 23)

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

View our full calendar here.

6. What We're Reading

Global coverage on all things Passive House, High Performance Buildings, Net Zero, Climate-Crisis, and Building Science:

How to Build Super Energy-Efficient Houses (Bloomberg)

Testing the Goldilocks House: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold and Inexpensive to Run (Sydney Morning Herald)

Green Property - Talking Passivhaus, Net-Zero and the Affordability of Eco-Homes (Property Investor Today)

'It's a Sanctuary': The Magic of Quiet, Low-Cost, Allergy-Free 'Passive' Homes (The Guardian)

To Fit Its Housing Crisis, California Must Unleash the Duplex (CityLab)

Creeks, Once Overlooked, Are Now Seen as Assets for Urban Renewal (New York Times)

The Time for a Global Plastics Treaty Is Now (Foreign Policy)

'Green Girls' Take on Climate Change (Next City)

Canada's Vision for a Resilient North American Trade Relationship (Brookings)

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