Passive House Weekly November 28th 2022

November 28th, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is PHI Certified Star Garment Innovation Center in Sri Lanka.

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: Building Passive House: On Spec, During a Pandemic, and In a Weird Market

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Several years ago, in southwestern Ontario, Canada, Langlois Eco Homes took on the challenge of building a small new development to the Passive House standard. The team wanted to set an example for other homebuilders and increase ambition for climate-conscious building. They couldn’t foresee a pandemic, with its uncertainties, supply chain disruptions, and soaring costs. They also couldn’t foresee the tremendous market upswing — or its precipitous downturn. With a team made up of Passive House professionals and enthusiastic newcomers, meeting the PH standard turned out to be the easy part. The project is currently waiting for full PHIUS certification, with all six homes on the market. The project team will report on how it started, how it’s going, and lessons learned along the way. Get the Zoom link

NOW LIVE: Episode 115 of the Passive House Podcast

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Zack interviews Lauren Thomsen, architect and principal at Lauren Thomsen Design. The two discuss Lauren's attraction to architecture at a young age, her fine arts training in Paris, and her journey to Passive House as an architect, including the Northern Liberties Passive House in Philadelphia. 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 next four episodes of the PhiusCon Series. More episodes to come next week!

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator
Building Passive House: On Spec, During a Pandemic, and In a Weird Market (Nov 30)

The Passive House Network
The Waring School: Stretching Passive House (Nov 29)

WUFI Passive Advanced, Single Family, Online (Dec 1)

2. Upcoming Special Event

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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 3 features Rubin Hall. The renovation of New York University’s landmarked Rubin Hall will be one of the largest EnerPHit certified residential buildings in the world and is an exemplary project for the retrofit of millions of square feet of pre-war multifamily construction in New York. This all-electric renovation will reduce operational carbon in compliance with New York City's Local Law 97 and is a formative step to address NYU's Climate Action Plan. Michael Syracuse, Partner at FXCollaborative Architects will share the design challenges of and solutions for this innovative project. Register now

3. Upcoming Conferences

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.

Northeast Sustainable Building Association, BuildingEnergy Boston (Mar 28-29, 2023)
BuildingEnergy Boston is a conference designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,000 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other. Sessions are curated by a volunteer NESEA-Member content committee to ensure that conference sessions are genuinely useful to attendees.

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

4. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Accelerator
Building Passive House: On Spec, During a Pandemic, and In a Weird Market (Nov 30)
Urban Passive House Episode 3: Rubin Hall (Dec 8)

Design Strategies for a Cost-Effective Passive House with Sanyog Rathod and Carl Sterner (Dec 13)
Window Comfort & Condensation Risk Calculator with James Ortega and Isaac Elnecave (Jan 17)

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Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A (Reg for Jan '23 Winter Crew)
Passive Pod Workshop and Builder Boot Camp, Troy NY (Jan 23, deadline Jan 9)
Remote Exam to become PHI Cert. PH Tradesperson CPHT (Mar 3, deadline Feb 17)

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

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

5. What We're Reading

The Economics of the Circular Economy (The Fifth Estate)

Does It Make Sense to Install Heat Pumps in Older Buildings (DW)

Europe’s Cities Are Getting More Crowded—And That’s Good (Mother Jones)

A Passive House in Maine Is One Couple’s New Start After Losing Everything in a Fire (Dwell)

University of Washington Opens Mass Timber Business School Building (Building Design & Construction)

An Engineering Marvel Just Saved Venice from a Flood. What About When Seas Rise? (Washington Post)

MawsonKerr Uses Timber Frame Cassettes for Passivhaus Home in Northumberland (RIBA Journal)

First Hydrogen-Powered Transit Bus Coming to L.A. County (FutureStructure)

Climate Change: Could Centuries-Old Wheat Help Feed the Planet? (BBC)

Melting Point: Could ‘Cloud Brightening’ Slow the Thawing of the Arctic (The Guardian)

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