Passive House Weekly November 14th 2022

November 14th, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is PHI Certified Good Energy Haus from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

TUE: COMPONENT SPOTLIGHT—475 Introduces the FLAIR 325/400 from Brink

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Available in early 2023 from 475 High Performance Building Supply in both USA and Canada, the FLAIR 325 and 400 heat/energy recovery ventilation systems have the highest efficiency ratios in North America as Certified by PHI. 475 CEO, Floris Keverling Buisman, will present available solutions (ERV/HRV, accessories) as well as specs for this newest essential component for high-performance construction. Register Here

WED: Affordable Multi-Family Passive House: A Denser Path to Clean

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John Woelfling (Principal, Dattner Architects) will join PHA Live! Project Showcase to discuss how the density associated with urban multi-family buildings can make achieving passive house performance much more attainable, even on an affordable housing budget. Get the Zoom link

THUR: Urban Passive House, Episode 2

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Presented by New York Passive House and Passive House Accelerator, the Urban Passive House Series explores Passive House solutions and lessons learned for urban settings, drawing on built examples from major metropolises across North America. Episode 2 features Sara Bayer (MAP). She will discuss Cooper Park Commons, a multi-building development on the former Greenpoint Hospital site in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. It will offer nearly 500 units of affordable housing, 110 units of senior affordable housing, a 200-bed homeless shelter, a health clinic, retail and community facility space, and public open space. Register here

NOW LIVE: Episode 113 of the Passive House Podcast

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Co-host Mathew Cutler-Welsh sits down with Clint Gollop of CBG Construction. Clint is an eighth generation builder based in Wanaka, New Zealand. He speaks about his introduction to Passive House, becoming a Passive House Tradesperson, and the shift in the general public’s understanding of what makes a well-functioning home. Listen here

NOW LIVE: Bonus Episodes, Live from PhiusCon

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Thank you to Sto Corp. and Zola Windows for making the Passive House Podcast at PhiusCon 2022 possible. Listen to the first three episodes of the PhiusCon Series. More episodes to come!

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator
475 Introduces the FLAIR 325/400 from Brink (Nov 15)
Affordable Multi-Family Passive House: A Denser Path to Clean (Nov 16)
Urban Passive House, Episode 2 with NYPH (Nov 17)

Passive House Canada
Master Class Month, various November programs (Nov 8-25)

Emu Passive
Passive House Builder Boot Camp in Troy, NY (Nov 14-18)

THANK YOU to this week's Featured Sponsor

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Habit Studio Rehabilitates Historic Halifax Home

Construction is in progress on Halifax, Nova Scotia’s first Passive House retrofit, designed by Habit Studio and built by Root Developments. The project involves the conversion of a two-story 1850s home into office space for the Habit Studio team. Habit Studio is an eight-woman design firm that specializes in custom Passive Houses and sustainable whole home renovations. Continue reading

4. New Videos

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Chris Fuller (Staengl Engineering) joins Construction Tech to illustrate how different heating and cooling system choices stack up to each other in their energy consumption and carbon emission impacts for a real apartment building (nearing completion) in Pittsburgh. He gives concrete examples of how different dehumidification systems and domestic hot water systems fare against each other as well. In total 14 different HVAC/hot water system types are discussed; they were all modeled and analyzed for their embodied carbon, operational carbon, and refrigerant leak impacts.

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Mitsubishi joins the Accelerator to introduce the Heat2O Domestic Hot Water Heat Pump, a revolution in sustainable water heating. Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly Heat2O uses a natural CO2 refrigerant with a global warming potential (GWP) of 1 and an ozone depletion potential (ODP) of 0. This presentation demonstrates how the Heat2O system can help achieve the energy savings and carbon reduction goals central to the Passive House movement and future-proof your project, your plans, and your vision with Mitsubishi’s all-electric domestic hot water heat pump system.

5. Upcoming Conferences

Passive House Massachusetts Symposium (Nov 16)
PHMass welcomes you to join them as they return to an in-person Symposium and Push the Boundaries of Passive House. Featuring presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and networking, all in person at the BSA Space in Boston. Early Bird Registration is now open!

International Passive House Association Conference 2023 (March 10-11)
The 26th International Passive House Conference will be held in the state capital of Hesse in 2023. #EfficiencyNOW will be the focal theme of the event. The Conference will demonstrate how buildings that use very little energy for heating and cooling can be supplied with renewable energy reliably and at scale, a timely topic. The Conference will take place in person in Wiesbaden from March 10-11, 2023. Simultaneously, online events will be available. The Call for Papers is open until 2 September 2022. The event will be held under the auspice of the Minister of Economic Affairs of the German state of Hesse.

2023 Passive House Network Conference (Sep 28-Oct 6, 2023)
Participate online and in Denver Colorado!

6. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Canada
Master Class Month, various November programs (Nov 8-25)

Emu Passive
Passive House Builder Boot Camp in Troy, NY (Nov 14-18)
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A (Reg for Jan '23 Winter Crew)
Remote Exam to become PHI Cert. PH Tradesperson CPHT (Nov 10, deadline Oct 27)

Passive House Network
CPHD On-Demand Trainings
Call For Papers (Jan 31)

Passivhaus Trust
Large & Complex Passivhaus Masterclass Lecture Series: Steel Frame Passivhaus (December 7)

Passive House Massachusetts
Passive House Symposium 2022 (Nov 16)

7. What We're Reading

India: Cities Struggle to Cope with Environmental Threats (DW)

COP27: Sharp Rise in Fossil Fuel Industry Delegates at Climate Summit (BBC News)

African Nations Tell COP27 Fossil Fuels Will Tackle Poverty (Reuters)

Europe Casts Covetous Eyes Towards West Africa (Der Spiegel International)

How Homebuilders in Vancouver Are Adapting to a Warming World (CBC)

‘Dirt Doesn’t Burn’: Why Some Marshall Fire Victims Are Rebuilding Their Homes with Earthen Blocks (CPR News)

Taking a Holistic Approach to Embodied Carbon (Architectural Record)

New York Voted for the Climate. California Did Not. (Mother Jones)

College of the Atlantic Is the Nation’s #1 Green College for the Seventh Year in a Row, According to the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges (College of the Atlantic)

Phius Passive Projects Design Competition Winners Announced (Benzinga)

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