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Passive House Weekly October 3, 2022

Passive House Weekly October 3, 2022

October 3rd, 2022

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, articles, interviews, and developments. The featured project above is the PHI certified Skapaskolan.

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1. Passive House Week in Preview

WED: Kentucky Phius Project: Highlighting Design Strategies and Offsite Fabrication Methods


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

NOW LIVE: Episode 107 of the Passive House Podcast


Zack interviews Mark Siddall, Principal at LEAP Architecture in Durham, United Kingdom. Mark's work focuses on the design, delivery, and operation of ultra-low energy and Passive House buildings. In this interview, Mark discusses his recently published paper on avoiding thermal bypasses to optimize building performance and improve the health & comfort of occupants, "Thermal Bypass Risks" published by Passivhaus Trust. Listen here

THIS WEEK: Events In the Passive House Community

Passive House Accelerator
Kentucky Phius Project: Highlighting Design Strategies and Offsite Fabrication Methods (Oct 5th)

Webinar: Quality Assurance Concepts for Fast Deep Retrofit Approaches (Oct 5)

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

#BS Friday LIVE
Mark LaLiberte of Construction Instruction (Oct 7)

Passive House Virtual Open Day (Oct 7th)

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2. Featured Article of the Week


NYU to Retrofit Historic Rubin Hall

With more than 53,000 students enrolled, New York University (NYU) is the largest private university in the United States. More than 19,000 people work at the school, making it one of the biggest employers in New York City. Though it is primarily centered around Washington Square Park and downtown Brooklyn, NYU is a constellation of some 200 buildings, with its administrators, staff, and faculty spread across 15,000,000 square feet of leased or owned space throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Continue reading

3. New Video

When the University of Toronto committed to go all-electric for its new student residence building, one of the biggest challenges to hit Passive House certification would be integrating the full commercial kitchen required. This Construction Tech presentation by David MacKeracher and Melissa Light of Toronto-based MCW Group of Companies reveals unique strategies incorporated in the mechanical systems design to recover thermal energy from the building’s waste-water and the kitchen’s exhaust air. View their presentation to learn about Passive House performance methods to implement in your next commercial kitchen project.

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
Kentucky Phius Project: Highlighting Design Strategies and Offsite Fabrication Methods (Oct 5th)
LAMILUX Comfort Solo Component Spotlight (Oct 20)

#BS Friday LIVE
"The Building Consultant" - Mark Parlee (Sept 30)
Mark LaLiberte of Construction Instruction (Oct 7)
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)

Passive House Virtual Open Day (Oct 7th)

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

Passivehaus 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)

6. What We're Reading

Want to Phase Out Fossil Fuels? We Must Fundamentally Change Our Buildings (Washington Post)

Work Begins on First Passivhaus Council Homes in Cambridge (Showhouse)

This Climate-Friendly House for Marshall Fire Victims Isn’t a Luxury Home (Colorado Public Radio)

Massachusetts Seniors’ Residence to Feature an Absolute Mass Timber Structure (The Construction Specifier)

House Made of Straw. It’s a Thing Now (New England Real Estate Journal)

Europe’s Green-Building Retrofit Leader Is One of Its Smallest Countries (Bloomberg)

The Retrofit Boom: The Builders Who Won’t Just Knock it Down and Start Again (Positive.News)

Reckoning ROI for Green Multifamily Development (Multi-Housing News)

EU Ministers Approve Windfall Levies on Energy Firms in Bid to Help Consumers (DW)

Methane Might Be a Bigger Climate Problem Than Thought, Study Finds (New York Times)


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