Passive House Weekly May 15, 2023

May 15th, 2023

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

The featured project above was constructed using a series of prefabricated lightweight timber modules that were built off-site and assembled on the site, the Eco Hub is a 14m x 8m pop-up learning space that can be erected anywhere - even the beach. Read more

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1. PHA Week in Preview

WED: California MCM Re-Envisioned: PH in Warm Climates

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Our May Project Showcase presentation by Graham Irwin will explore the remodel and Passive House retrofit of a Mid Century Modern home in Sunnyvale, California. The project leveraged a decade of Passive House best practices and detail development in California, along with numerous high-value architectural approaches. The formerly cramped, uncomfortable, dark, and noisy home is now filled with glare-free daylight, connected with the landscape, and constructed to meet the world’s highest standards for health, comfort, quiet, and efficiency. The clients’ utility bills now average $20 per month, including the charging of two electric vehicles. The builder was awarded awarded local, regional, and national Platinum Green Building awards for the project by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI.) Get the Zoom link

THUR: BPI Episode 3: Retrofitting and Remodelling a Timber Frame House to EnerPHit Standard

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The third episode of BPI will provide lessons and thoughts on DIY deep retrofit and radical remodelling for space and amenity.

We will visit a 1975 timber frame house, in the western highlands of Scotland, that has been retrofitted to EnerPhit standard, to speak with Es Tresidder, Passivhaus Consultant of John Gilbert Architects, and Ben Adam Smith, self-build expert. They will take a critical look at what worked well on the project, what could be done differently, and the scope for a DIY-led approach to deep retrofit of this building type.

To our knowledge, this is the first deep retrofit of this sort of timber frame house in the UK, and perhaps the first EnerPHit of this type of house worldwide. Register here

NOW LIVE: New Passive House Podcast Episodes

NOW LIVE: New Bonus Passive House Podcast Episodes

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

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THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!

California MCM Re-Envisioned: PH in Warm Climates (May 17)
BPI Episode 3: Retrofitting and Remodelling a Timber Frame House to EnerPHit Standard (May 18)

Passive House Canada
90 - Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings (May 16)

NYSERDA’s Grid-Interactive Building Showcase (May 17)

ASID NY Metro Equity in Design Summit (May 18)

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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A Breath of Fresh Air in the Bronx

The 26-story Bronx high-rise, known as 425 Grand Concourse, has received much praise and attention—for good reason. At just over 310,000 ft2, the mixed-use Bronx standout is among the largest buildings to ever obtain Passive House certification (Phius+ 2018). Moreover, it has racked up several major honors, including a Buildings of Excellence award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in 2019 and Best Overall Project at the 2022 Phius Passive Projects Design Competition. Most impressive of all, 425 Grand Concourse brings 277 units of new housing to the neighborhood—all of which are affordable. Continue reading

3. Upcoming Conferences

Green Building United Sustainability Symposium (May 24)
Green Building United is excited to announce the 13th Annual Sustainability Symposium taking place May 24th, 2023 at Drexel University! The Symposium is a full day of educational sessions covering cutting-edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices, including LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Enterprise Green Communities, WELL, green stormwater infrastructure, and 2030 Districts. Join us to hear experts from across the region and beyond as they discuss their current work, opportunities for social, environmental, and economic impact, and challenges ahead in the sustainability field.

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.

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5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Accelerator
California MCM Re-Envisioned: PH in Warm Climates (May 17)
Retrofitting and Remodelling a Timber Frame House to EnerPHit Standard (May 18)

NYSERDA’s Grid-Interactive Building Showcase (May 17)
NYSERDA Programs Available through the State's Consolidated Funding Application (May 24)

ASID NY Metro Equity in Design Summit (May 18)

Passive House Canada
90 - Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings (May 16)
Master Class Series – Built in Canada: Lessons Learned from an EnerPHit Project (May 25)
120 Series – PHPP 10 New Features (May 31)
Master Class Series: A Pattern Language from Passive House (June 14)

Building Performance Association
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Webinar Series (May 24)

Passive House Network
CPHD On-Demand Trainings

PhiusCon 2023 Call for Abstracts (May 26)

Phius Alliance New York
Passive House Tour: Olive House (June 2)

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

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

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6. What We're Reading

Home energy use can be expensive and contribute to climate change. New programs aim to cut bills and emissions (State Impact Pennsylvania)
E.P.A. proposes first limits on climate pollution from existing power plants (New York Times)
Solar Decathlon 2023 winners take zero-energy design and construction to next level (NREL)
An Appalachian model for regenerating place-based, community wealth (Next City)
Does parking explain the American city? (Metropolis)
Back Bay to Nubian Square: 2 miles and a 23-year life expectancy gap (WBUR)
The incredible shrinking infrastructure workforce—and what to do about it (Brookings)
Details unveiled about plans for Vancouver’s tallest residential tower (Vancouver Sun)
Alberta yet to reach peak wildfire burning period, officials say (CBC)
Gianforte signs bill banning state agencies from analyzing climate impacts (Montana Free Press)

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