November 6th 2023
Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments.
The featured project above is a retrofit of a 1905 cottage in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, to the Phius+ Source Zero standard. Learn More
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1 PHA Live Event
A Bio-Based Approach to Multifamily in Philadelphia
Amanda Bonelli will join our November Next Gen session to present Bright Common’s bio-based approach to a multi-family, mixed-use project in Philadelphia with a low-embodied carbon focus. She will discuss how the design team evolved their thinking and processes surrounding high-performance design in a post 2020 landscape. The presentation will highlight the challenges of marrying owner’s project goals, sustainability goals, and material availability in a fluctuating design and construction market.
Amanda is an Associate at Bright Common. Her work focuses on resiliency and social equity in urban environments, ranging from deep-energy retrofits and scattered site affordable housing projects, to prefabricated Passive Houses and mixed-use urban infill work. As the leader of Bright Common’s carbon accounting operations, Amanda is dedicated to the evolving discussion of sustainability in the built environment.
2. Featured Article of the Week
PHA Magazine: Islands of Tranquility
The latest edition of Passive House Accelerator magazine is now available for download! A great deal of the magazine is dedicated to exploring how Passive House buildings improve occupant quality of life by optimizing thermal comfort, improving indoor air quality, and increasing acoustic performance. Read More
3. Passive House Podcast Episode
NOW LIVE: Passive House Goes Viral with Matt Ferrell
Five new Bonus Episodes from the Passive House Network Conference, are now live! Interviews with Mike O'Donnell of Steven Winter Associates, Andrew Michler of Hyperlocal Workshop and Rane Wardwell of Collective Carpentry.
Thank you to our sponsor, ENERsign for making the Passive House Podcast at the Passive House Network Conference possible!
Exciting news – you can find PHA at Booth 21 in the Exhibitor
Space. If you're attending the conference, don't miss the chance to swing by and say hello!
We're also thrilled to announce that we'll be conducting interviews for the Passive House Podcast, featuring influential thought leaders, thanks to the generous support from Zola Windows.
THANK YOU to Our Manufacturer Sponsor of the Week
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4. New Videos
5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings
THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community
Passive House Accelerator
A Bio-Based Approach to Multifamily in Philadelphia (Nov 8)
Building Performance Association
2023 New England Conference & Trade Show (Nov 7-8)
PhiusCon (Nov 7-10)
Passive House School
Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Online Course (Nov 8)
Project Spotlight on the Passive House Training Centre in Trier (Nov 8)
Online Passive Design/Build CPHT Autumn Crew (Nov 9)
Passive House Network
CPHD On-Demand Trainings
International Passive House Open Days (Nov 9-12)
Passive House Canada
Flixo Training – Model Thermal Bridges for High-Performance Buildings (Nov 13)
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Passive House Accelerator
Air Management in a Warm/Humid Climate (Nov 29)
Passive House California
The Power of Existing Buildings (Nov 14)
Online Passive Design/Build CPHT Autumn Crew (Nov 16)
Colorado Passive Design/Build Bootcamp + CPHT Exam (Dec 11)
ALL-IN-ONE: Passive Design/Build™️ Boot Camp (Dec 11)
Passive House Canada
Passive House Construction Training Course for Trades Theoretical & Practical (Nov 14, 28)
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)
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
Global heating is accelerating, warns scientist who sounded climate alarm in the 80s (The Guardian)
Climate change is driving insurance rates up, forcing developers to add weather-proofing (CNBC)
A tangle of rules to protect America’s water is falling short (New York Times)
Opinion: Fighting for basement apartment tenants, 11 years after Hurricane Sandy (City Limits)
Silicon Valley wants to ease housing crisis with $150,000 cargo containers (CityLab)
Michigan House passes climate change reform, mandating clean energy by 2040 (Bridge Michigan)
Evanston to have its first energy efficient ‘passive’ house in time for Earth Day (Evanston Round Table)
Writer David Noland’s Passive House in Cornwall (Chronogram)
What the NAR antitrust ruling means for builders (Builder Online)
Can enhanced rock weathering weather greater scrutiny as a solution for climate change? (Reuters)