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February 14, 2022

Week In Preview: February 14

Week In Preview: February 14

Please read on for a selection of Passive House happenings, deadlines, and developments to put on your radar this week. The featured project above is the Living Libations Headquarters.

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1. WED: Threepwood PH in New Zealand with Sian Taylor


On February 16 Sian Taylor will present a New Zealand Institute of Architecture national award-winning Passive House project Threepwood Passive House. Threepwood is a small single-family home located on the South Island in one of the coldest parts of the country. Sian, founder of Team Green Architects, was inspired to build a high-performance home for her family after years of designing Passive Houses across New Zealand. Join Sian to hear about the functional detailing, compact design, and creating flexible spaces for working and living. Get the Zoom Link.

2. THU: PROSOCO Component Spotlight


On Thursday, February 17, air barrier specialists from PROSOCO will join us for a special Component Spotlight to dive into the ins and outs of air-sealing and air-tightening on retrofits and new buildings. With more than 80 years of experience in the construction industry and special attention to air-sealing and airtightness, PROSOCO products utilize industry-leading chemistry and evolving business practices to help customers create high-performance Passive House buildings.

During the Component Spotlight, PROSOCO’s Dave Kimball, Pat Downey, Paul Grahovac, Guy Long, and Dave Pennington will dive into technical detailing, commonly asked questions and answers about air-sealing and air-tightening buildings (with a special look at HVAC efficiency and fresh air flow in new construction and retrofits), and more. A lively Q&A session will follow.

Register to learn more about achieving high-performance, airtight construction, and how PROSOCO products might apply to your next Passive House project. 

WARNING: Things will get geeky. Register.

3. NOW LIVE: Episode 74 of the Passive House Podcast


Sloan Ritchie, owner of builder/developer Cascade Built, is a pioneer in the Passive House movement in Seattle, responsible for several major multifamily Passive House projects in the city. His mission is to demonstrate the scalability and feasibility of using Passive House construction techniques to build cost-competitive high-performance projects, establishing Seattle as a leader in the nation and changing the way people think about where they live and work. He's making good progress at it, and Passive House Podcast cohost Zack Semke explores this and more with him during their interview. Listen Here.

4. REGISTER: BPI Ep 5, "PHribbon Calculates the Embodied Carbon in a New Masonry Building"


Episode 5 “PHribbon calculates the embodied carbon in a new masonry building" will address the importance of the PHribbon tool in enabling designers to achieve accurate calculations of the full lifetime Embodied CO2 for Passive Houses and low energy buildings including retrofits. Join us next week (Feb 24) for a presentation and lively Q&A with Tim Martel, PHribbon's Developer. Register.

5. LOG ON: Virtual and Hybrid Spring Conferences

BuildingEnergy Boston 2022 (February 28-March 1) 
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. Register.

BUILDEX Vancouver 2022 (March 23 & 24)
Passive House Canada and BUILDEX Vancouver team up for the March 23 & 24 event. The Passive House Canada Exhibition Pavilion will be THE place to discover high performance building materials, products & technologies. Register.

2022 PHN Conference (June 10 & 17)
Efficiency | Equity | Electrification | Embodied Carbon | We must transform our built environment with integrated solutions. We know the basic ingredients: efficiency, equity, electrification and embodied carbon. We have the know-how today. So let’s dive into the synergies and the specifics. Let’s get aggressive, grab all of these tools, and take radical holistic action to build a healthy prosperous future for all people before it’s too late. If you agree, join us in Boston and online. Learn more.

6. EDUCATION: Upcoming Passive House Trainings

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

CPHC Phase II Training (February 14)
Simulating Shading from Deciduous Trees with Sanyog Rathod, Mark Landis, and Carl Sterner (February 15)

Building Energy Exchange 
Passive House Primer (February 15)

Passive House Academy New Zealand 
Calculating Whole Life of Carbon Using PHribbons (February 16)

Phius+ Rater Training (February 19)

The Passive House Network 
Building Energy Compliance: Introduction to Local Laws (February 24)

Building Energy Exchange 
Beyond Zero Series: Decarbonizing Downtowns (February 24)

Emu Passive 
CPHT Live in Arvada, Colorado (February 28)

BS & Beer Show 
Photovoltaic Nuts + Bolts with Will Field and Vaughan Woodruff of Revision Energy (March 3)

CPHC Phase II Training (March 14)

Passive House School
Certified Passive House Designer and Consultant Exam (March 18)

CPHB Training (March 21)
CPHC Phase II Training (April 4)
CPHB Training (April 18)

View our full calendar here.

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