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October 10, 2022

Passive House Weekly October 10, 2022

Passive House Weekly October 10, 2022

October 10th, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is Fitting In.

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1. Passive House Week in Preview

WED: Systematic Moisture Management with Kevin Brennan


Kevin Brennan joins Passive House Live Construction Tech edition to talk through moisture management lessons learned onsite. Kevin will demonstrate the technique, technical, and technology needed to avoid condensation risk and bulk water intrusion. He will share onsite footage, innovative solutions, and monitoring tips to ensure building durability.

Kevin will be joined by special guest Floris Keverling Buisman of 475 High Performance Building Supply, and he will share examples of monitoring he has implemented at his own home. Get the Zoom link

THUR: High-Performance Building: Cocktails & Case Study


This public panel, in partnership with Brick and Wonder, will explore an expanded definition of high-performance building. Hosted at Brickwork's New York Design Studio, we’ll hear from an interdisciplinary project team on solutions to the built environment’s carbon problem. COOXFOX’s recently completed Betances Residence will serve as a case study. The affordable housing development in the Bronx is Passive House certified and incorporates biophilic and active design to support residents' health and well-being. Register

NOW LIVE: Episode 108 of the Passive House Podcast


Zack interviews Carmel Pratt, VP at Bright Power in New York City. Carmel discusses her firm's work delivering affordable multifamily Passive House projects, including the recently-completed Park Avenue Green project, as well as two projects underway, Chestnut Commons and Vital Brookdale, all in NYC. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator
Systematic Moisture Management (Oct 12th)

Passive House Accelerator x Brick & Wonder
High-Performance Building: Cocktails & Case Study (Oct 13)

PEEL Passive House
Certified Passive House Designer Course (Oct 4th-Oct 27th)

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2. Featured Article of the Week


Harvest Thermal: Delivering on the Promise of Decarbonization

When we look back on the 2020s we will see clearly that the revolution to remove fossil fuels from the built environment was taking shape before our very eyes. Powerful tailwinds exist today for building decarbonization, from the recent enactment of the federal government’s Inflation Reduction Act to progressive building codes in California, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, and beyond. Continue reading

3. New Video

Tom Bassett-Dilley of TBDA, Ltd. and Sy Safi of Ubergreen Spaces + Homes believe the best buildings are expressive of their harmony with the environment, naturally leading to comfort and energy efficiency. They joined PHA Live! to present a case study of their Kentucky Phius project which highlights their unique Passive House design strategies and offsite fabrication methods.

4. Upcoming Conferences

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!”

UKPassivhaus Conference 2022 (October 25-26)
The 2022 UK Passivhaus Conference will be a hybrid event (in-person in Exeter and online) on 25 & 26 October at the Exeter Corn Exchange. On both days, the Conference will include site visits to St Sidwells' Point, the UK's first leisure centre & public pool aiming for Passivhaus certification.

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. 

5. Upcoming Passive House Happenings

Passive House Accelerator
Systematic Moisture Management (Oct 12th)
LAMILUX Comfort Solo Component Spotlight (Oct 20)

#BS Friday LIVE
Building Science Institute (Oct 14)

Emu Passive
Online CPHT On-Demand Course & Live Q&A (Reg for Jan '23 opens Oct 1st)
Passive Pod Workshop & Builder Boot Camp in Ft. Collins, CO (Oct 31 - Nov 4, deadline Oct 17)
Remote Exam to become PHI Cert. PH Tradesperson CPHT (Nov 10, deadline Oct 27)

PEEL Passive House
Certified Passive House Designer Course (Oct 4th-Oct 27th)

Facade Techtonics
Facade Tectonics Institute's World Congress (Oct 12-13)

Brick & Wonder
High Performance Building: Cocktails & Case Study (Oct 13th)

PhiusCon (Oct 25-28)

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

Passivhaus Trust
Large & Complex Passivhaus Masterclass Lecture Series: Leisure Centres (October 25)
Large & Complex Passivhaus Masterclass Lecture Series: Passivhaus & RIBA Plan of Work (November 2)
Large & Complex Passivhaus Masterclass Lecture Series: Steel Frame Passivhaus (December 7)

Passive House Massachusetts
Passive House Symposium 2022 (Nov 16)

6. What We're Reading

What does climate resilience mean for the real estate sector? (The Fifth Estate)

Why many homes and buildings in this Florida city still stand, even after Ian (Washington Post)

Marina Tabassum builds resilience in precarious contexts (Metropolis)

Hope amid climate chaos: ‘We are in a race between Armageddon and awesome’ (The Guardian)

The housing revolution is coming (The Atlantic)

Taking a holistic approach to embodied carbon (Architectural Record)

How to recycle a 14-story office tower (New York Times)

Behind the design of Hotel Marcel, the US’s first net-zero hotel (Hospitality Design)

For more than 20 guaranteed income projects, the data is in (City Lab)

New York proceeds with plan for zero-emission vehicles by 2035 (Brooklyn Eagle)


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