PassivhausMAINE Virtual Fall Forum

October 15, 2020


Tune into PassivhausMaine’s virtual Fall Forum on October 21–23 for some not-to-be missed retrofit solutions and zero carbon building content, as well as an entire track geared for students. Susan Jones, principal of atelierjones, will deliver the keynote address during the Accelerator’s Global Passive House Happy Hour on the 21rst.

The retrofit track is replete with sessions geared to move us collectively toward mass renovations as a step toward a lower carbon future. Naomi Beal, executive director of PassivhausMaine, will present on the organization’s 50 Houses initiative, which aims to develop iterative approaches to retrofit the most common residential building types in Maine and much of the Northeast—wood-framed single-family dwellings, duplexes, and triple deckers. “The goal of 50 Houses is to identify innovative ways to renovate smaller buildings that are cost and time effective,” says Beal. Deep energy retrofits are also key to achieving the state’s climate action goals. Other retrofit sessions will dive into project-specific details, and the track will conclude with a panel on jumpstarting renovations featuring representatives from the Pembina Institute and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

The zero carbon track will bring together experts on materials and techniques that will lower the embodied carbon of buildings, including Matt O’Mailia from OPAL Architecture, Travis Anderson from Placetailor, and Jacob Knowles from Thorton Thomasetti to name just a few.

The student track aims to draw younger people into Passive House practices and the built environment generally. Ania Wright, a recent graduate of the College of the Atlantic and the youth representative to the Maine Climate Council, will discuss bringing the global climate fight to Maine. Jesper Kruse of Maine Passive House will present an introduction to Passive House. “We need smart, engaged young people building our buildings,” says Beal, so, as an inducement, students are being given the opportunity to attend the virtual conference for free—yes free.

For further details and to registration here.


Mary James
Mary James
Mary James is the editor and publisher at Low Carbon Productions. Her books include New York Passive House 2015; Net Zero Energy Buildings:…

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