November 20th 2023
Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments.
The featured project above is a single-family home in California’s Morongo Valley, just outside of Palm Springs. Learn More
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1. PHA Live Event
NEXT Week: Air Management in Warm/Humid Climates
Our November Construction Tech presentation is a case study on the Beacon Hill Passive House, the first certified Passive House (Phius) in the state of Missouri. While the team had previously deployed just about every type of wall assembly out there, experimented with different waterproofing and air sealing strategies, tried different glazing packages... this was the first home where they made the commitment to certify and it was a challenge to cross the threshold. David Schleicher and Joe Nickels (Kala Built) will hone in on their strategic approach to control and manage air. They will give an overview of the strategy that was doable in the Kansas City market: it had to be economically viable, it had to appraise, it had to provide the performance level desired for a structure in one of the most challenging climates in the country with hot/humid summers and cold/dry winters.
This free presentation will take place next week on Wednesday, November 29th at 9am PT / 12pm ET and will be followed by a lively Q+A session. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders and engage with the PHA community. See you there!
2. Featured Article of the Week
Diving Deep: Window Installation and High-Performance Wall Assemblies
Passive House wall assemblies need to be airtight, continuously insulated, free of thermal bridging, and outfitted with high-performance window and door systems. This article takes a look at four examples of wall assemblies and how they comply with the principles of Passive House construction. Read More
3. Passive House Podcast Episode
NOW LIVE: Our Takeaways From PhiusCon '23
In our first special bonus episode recorded at PhiusCon, Passive House Podcast cohost Ilka Cassidy interviews Katrin Klingenberg Co-Founder & Executive Director at Phius.
Thank you to our sponsor Zola Windows for making the Passive House Podcast at PhiusCon possible. Keep an eye out for new episodes featuring influential thought leaders over the next few weeks!
THANK YOU to Our Manufacturer Sponsor of the Week
4. New Videos
5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings
THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community
Passive House Canada
Built in Canada: Banff Recreation Grounds Public Pavilion in Banff National Park (Nov 20)
Peel Passive House
Certified Passive House Designer Course with Peel Passive House Consulting (Nov 21)
Do you have Passive House news that we should share in a future edition? Email us at: [email protected]
Passive House Accelerator
Air Management in a Warm/Humid Climate (Nov 29)
Passive House Canada
Passive House Construction Training Course for Trades Theoretical & Practical (Nov 28)
Colorado Passive Design/Build Bootcamp + CPHT Exam (Dec 11)
ALL-IN-ONE: Passive Design/Build™️ Boot Camp (Dec 11)
Passive House Institute
PHPP Expert Course (Sep-Jan)
Online PH Designer/Consultant Course in English (Oct-Dec)
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6. What We're Reading
Sustainable finance: Australia is on the right track, but moving too slowly (The Fifth Estate)
‘This is going to be a back breaker’: landmark climate law poses test for NYC’s co-ops (City Limits)
Tackling climate change starts with a focus on health, Lancet report says (MedPage Today)
NYC Congestion pricing could unleash a transportation revolution (CityLab)
Biden wants network of 500,000 EV chargers. Two states are getting a head start (Washington Post)
Climate events, displacement, and mental health—Uprooted (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Residential retrofit—is EnerPHit the answer? (Architecture Today)
This startup says it’s figured out how to trap carbon affordably (TIME)
World’s largest energy-efficient ‘passive house’ office building opens in Boston (Boston Globe)
Riverside Primary School wins prestigious award (Project Scotland)