Passive House Weekly: May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

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

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: Zero Six: Urban Passive House in the New Age of Adaptation

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Bright Common studio director Jeremy Avellino and Holzraum System co-founder Ilka Cassidy will present Zero Six, Philadelphia’s first Phius+ 2018 Source Zero Pre-Certified multifamily townhome development.  The team will discuss what it takes to design and certify market-rate development in Philadelphia, highlighting the unique challenges of urban infill Passive House as well as the creative adaptability of a project team facing fluctuating economic markets and supply chain shortages.

Join us on May 11th for an in-depth discussion followed by a lively Q+A session. Get the Zoom Link

NOW LIVE: Episode 86 of the Passive House Podcast

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Zack interviews Marine Sanchez, Senior Passive House Consultant at RDH Building Science's Toronto office. Marine and Zack discuss the state of Passive House in Toronto and Ontario, the impact of the Toronto Green Standard and carbon tax policy on developer decision-making about incorporating Passive House in their projects, and more. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community:

Offsite Dirt
Audree Grubesic LIVE (May 10)

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Zero Six: Urban Passive House in the New Age of Adaptation (May 11)

#BS Friday LIVE
How to Calculate The Full Carbon Footprint of Your Building (May 13)

AIA Westchester Hudson Valley
Seminary Hill Orchard & Cidery Tour (May 14)

2. Featured Article of the Week

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Hobson Place—A Vital Housing Resource

Hobson Place, located just south of downtown Seattle, Washington, is a mixed-use supportive housing building designed to meet the complex needs of people living with disabilities who have experienced extended periods of homelessness. Owned and developed by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), Hobson Place fulfills the vision of Bill Hobson, its former longtime executive director, as it ambitiously addresses the local unhoused crises by offering 177 studio apartments combined with an on-site healthcare clinic. Alongside longtime services partner Harborview Medical Center, DESC will operate the clinic, which has been specifically designed to provide equitable access to primary care and behavioral health service, treating conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Continue reading

THANK YOU To This Week's Featured Sponsor:

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James Dean (Home Owner, Co-Founder of Oxygen8) and Stuart Hood (Mechanical Engineer on the Project, Integral Group) talk about some of the notable attributes of the PHI Certified West Bay Passive House including the use of a Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) superstructure constructed on top of a concrete foundation, floor-to-ceiling glazing providing ocean views and a passive solar design and an innovative mechanical system design using air-water heat pump technology for domestic hot water and heating & cooling through the energy recovery ventilation system. They are joined by Guest Host Chris Ballard from Passive House Canada.

4. Upcoming Conferences

2022 Spring Passive House & Panelization Conference (May 20)
PHnw is back for our first in person gathering since 2019! This one day "micro" conference is laser focused on the rapidly growing panelization market. Choosing panelization for your Passive House project is a great solution to take advantage of the up-front planning, quality building techniques and faster on-site building times. The conference will feature Mike Eliason as the keynote, several panels, and lots of extra time to network and socialize with our community. Register

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. Register

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

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

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Offsite Dirt
Audree Grubesic LIVE (May 10)

Passive House Accelerator LIVE!
Zero Six: Urban Passive House in the New Age of Adaptation (May 11)

#BS Friday LIVE
How to Calculate The Full Carbon Footprint of Your Building (May 13)

AIA Westchester Hudson Valley
Seminary Hill Orchard & Cidery Tour (May 14)

Phius CPHC Phase II Training, Online (May 16)
Phius Prefab Panel Certification Program with Michael Franco (May 17)
Phius Rater Training, Online (June 20)
Phius CPHC Phase II Training, Online (July 11)

Passive House Accelerator: Building Performance Interactive
BPI Episode 8: Project Kiss House - Challenging Design, Performance and Delivery (May 19)

Passive House Northwest
2022 Spring Passive House & Panelization Conference (May 20)

Smart Plus Academy 
Designer Course (May 23)

Passive House Canada
Passive House Canada Conference: In the Face of Climate Change (May 25-27)

Emu Passive
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A, Summer Crew open now (Jun 23)
Passive Pod Workshop & Builder Boot Camp in Searsmont, Maine, deadline May 23 (Jun 6-10)
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)

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

International Passive House Association (iPHA)
Mid-Year Passive House Open Days (June 24-26)

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

6. What We're Reading

When it Comes to Cars, Few Are Heeding the IPCC’s Plea to Curb Consumption (Reuters)

Solar Industry ‘Frozen’ as Biden Administration Investigates China (New York Times)

Fruits and Vegetables Are Less Nutritious Than They Used to Be (National Geographic)

‘Towns Just Turned to Dust’: How Factory Hog Farms Help Hollow Out Rural Communities (The Guardian)

Moving the Needle: How States Are Investing in Clean Energy (FutureStructure)

Postcards from Kamikatsu, Japan’s ‘Zero-Waste’ Town (Washington Post)

New England Program Helps Low-Income Communities Join the Green Economy Revolution (Next City)

The Monash Woodside Building by Grimshaw Is a Study in Regenerative Architecture (Stir World)

Speirs Major Brings an Illuminated Forest to a Biomass Power Plant (Metropolis)

World’s Tallest Passive House Building Destined for Downtown Vancouver (Journal of Commerce)

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