Global Passive House Happy Hour

Come drink in some low carbon building design knowledge and inspiration at our Global Passive House Happy Hours, held every week. This is physically-distanced social connection at its finest!

4pm Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, LA | 6pm Chicago | 7pm New York, Toronto
12pm Midnight London (Thursday) | 1am Darmstadt (Thursday) | 11am Melbourne (Thursday)

Pre-show: Join 30 minutes early for informal networking.
After-hour: Stay after the Happy Hour for an After-hour of conversation, camaraderie, and geekery.

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The theme of these socials: Fast. Factual. Fun.

This free event is open to all comers, regardless of experience level, preferred certification type, profession, or geography. It’s a (virtual) place for the Passive House community to come together and share the work that we are doing to spread something good in the world. Passive House design and construction creates comfortable, healthy, energy efficient, resilient, and beautiful buildings. Let’s keep our spirits high as we all deal with the COVID-19 virus in a responsible way—staying home, practicing social distancing, continuously washing our hands, communicating with our friends online, and ensuring we are safe!

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Learn about the Next Happy Hour:

Deborah Moelis on Guiding a University to PH at the Passive House Happy Hour (Jan 27)

Video from Past Happy Hours:

January 20, Lois Arena — Steven Winter Associates:

January 20, 2021, Global Passive House Happy Hour: Lois Arena, director of Passive House services at Steven Winter Associates, to present on VRF (variable refrigerant flow) lessons learned.

January 13, Cillian Collins — Perkins + Well:

January 13, 2021 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Cillian Collins, senior architect at Perkins + Will’s Vancouver office, presents the stunning SoLo project. This off-grid, all-electric, mass timber Passive House designed in partnership with Delta Land Developments, is a prototype for off-grid, zero carbon construction. Given the project’s remote location in British Columbia’s Soo Valley, the team constructed the building using prefabricated panels manufactured offsite. SoLo’s robust building envelope is designed to withstand a wide range of outside temperatures, with lows reaching ‑30°C in the winter and highs reaching over 30°C in the summer.

January 6, Michael Ingui — Baxt Ingui Architects:

January 6, 2021 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Baxt Ingui Architects principal and Passive House Accelerator founder Michael Ingui presents the first Passive House Plus retrofit in a landmark district. Michael is joined by special guest Cory Herrala, Director of Preservation at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. They discuss the strategies employed to meet the rigorous performance standards of PH Plus certification while preserving the architectural integrity of this historic home. Michael will dive into Passive House details and materials that made the feat possible, including the moves necessary to make the project all-electric.

December 16, Scott Kennedy & Gesa Zellerman — Cornerstone Architects:

December 16, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Scott Kennedy and his firm, Cornerstone Architecture, are a vital, driving force behind Passive House design and Passive House adoption in Vancouver and in Canada (through Scott’s board leadership at Passive House Canada). Scott was joined by Gesa Zellermann, designer and project manager with Cornerstone, at the Global Passive House Happy Hour to present The Heights project, Vancouver’s first Passive House apartment block.

December 9, Chris Higgins — City of Vancouver:

December 9, 2020Global Passive House Happy Hour: Chris shared about recent policy successes as well as Vancouver’s raft of climate emergency commitments that passed last month, including their implications for buildings. He also provided key insights from the Passive House Canada Summit.

December 2, Graham Wright, James Ortega, Jennie Eber and Lisa White — PHIUS + 2021 :

December 2, 2020Global Passive House Happy Hour: We welcomed Graham Wright, James Ortega, Jennie Eber and Lisa White of PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) to provide a preview of the to-be-released PHIUS+ 2021 certification, answer your questions, and solicit input before the public comment period closes on December 7. PHIUS’ Jennie Eber also shared news about PHIUS goings-on on the horizon.

November 25, Neil Norris — Morrison Hershfield:

November 25, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Neil Norris, certified Passive House Designer and senior member of Morrison Hershfield’s Façade Engineering group, joined us this week to present the Artscape project. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Artscape is a seven story Passive House building that will host gallery space on the ground floor with art production spaces in the upper levels. (view chat transcript here).

November 18, Marisa Egea & Elena Reyes — PH in Mexico:

November 18, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Elena Reyes, PHI consultant and certifier with experience in Mexico and India, and Marisa Egea, architect and high-performance building design educator in Mexico, present on Passive House pilots in Monterrey, Nogales, Morelia and Guadalajara Mexico.

November 11, Maren Longhurst — Sam Rodell Architects:

November 11, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Maren Longhurst, architect and CPHC with Sam Rodell Architects in Spokane, Washington, to share the project with us at the Global Passive House Happy Hour. Maren brings a wealth of knowledge in high-performance architecture and utilizing modeling tools to optimize Passive House design. (View chat transcript here).

November 4, Jennifer Hogan — Pretium:

November 4, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Jennifer Hogan of Pretium, the consulting engineers on the Stepwise Tower Retrofit project, described the phased EnerPHit Passive House retrofit of this 20-story, 1970s multifamily building, and how the team is accomplishing it all with residents in place.

October 28, Jesse Thompson — Thompson Kaplan Architects:

October 28, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Jesse Thompson presented “Fast Cheap, and Barely in Control”, sharing lessons learned from Kaplan Thompson Architects’ portfolio of affordable multifamily projects in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. View Jesse's slides here.

October 21, Susan Jones — passivhausMAINE Fall Forum:

October 21, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Susan Jones, founder and principal at atelierjones, kicks off passivhausMAINE's Fall Forum with a keynote about Maine's forest economy.

October 14, Amy Egerter & Martha Campbell — REALIZE, Rocky Mountain Institute:

October 14, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Amy Egerter and Martha Campbell, two driving forces behind Rocky Mountain Institute's REALIZE initiative, present on their work.

October 7, James Geppner — Retrofit NY, NYSERDA:

October 7, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: James Geppner, project manager for Retrofit NY and retrofit expert, presents on the behavioral change and market transformation in the retrofit world. (View chat transcript here).

September 30, Pax Futura — Seattle’s First Passive House Apartment Building:

September 30, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Sloan Ritchie and Brandon Nicholson presented on Pax Futura, the first Passive House apartment complex in Seattle. (View chat transcript here).

September 23, Bill Hayward — Hayward Score Data and Health in PH Homes:

September 23, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Bill Hayward, widely recognized buildings health expert (and Passive House homeowner), addressed the health implications of Passive House design head on. (View the chat transcript here).

September 16, Marine Sanchez—PH Dorm at Univ Toronto:

September 16, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Marine Sanchez, Passive House Specialist and PHI-accredited Certifier at RDH Building Science, discusses University of Toronto Scarborough Campus’ (UTSC) latest student housing project. View chat transcript here.

September 9, Todd Rothstein—PH Simplicity *IS* Affordability:

September 9, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Todd Rothstein, Director of Construction Services for the nonprofit affordable housing provider Avesta Housing, presented his findings on Passive House affordability. (View chat transcript here).

September 2, Lois Arena—Passive NOT Houses:

September 2, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Lois Arena presented about her Passive House practice and the non-house Passive House projects that Steven Winter Associates is consulting on. (View chat transcript here.)

August 26, Juhee Lee-Hartford & James Hartford—Historic PH Retrofit into River Architects’ Studio:

August 26, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Juhee Lee-Hartford and James Hartford presented about their Passive House retrofit of an historic building in Cold Spring, NY, which now houses River Architects' studio. (View chat transcript here.)

August 19, Ian Robertson—Blindheim Passive House:

August 19, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Ian Robertson presents about the innovative Blindheim Passive House, a blend of mass timber and high performance details

August 12, Aaron Swain—SOLIS in Seattle:

August 12, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Aaron Swain of Weber Thompson presents about the multifamily SOLIS project in Seattle.

August 5, Sangeetha Sambandam—Passive House Takes a Village:

August 5, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Sangeetha Sambandam of WRT presents "Passive House Takes a Village."

July 29, Bronwyn Barry—Cycling Towards Industry Transformation:

July 29, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Bronwyn Barry of NAPHN presents "Cycling Towards Industry Transformation."

July 22, Wei Kuang—Passive House in China:

July 22, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Wei Kuang of Passive House Institute presents about Passive House in China.

July 15, Anjanette Green—RESET, Health & Buildings:

July 15, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Anjanette Green of the RESET Building Standard presents about health and buildings.

July 8, Stacy Smedley—Embodied Carbon Measurement and Practice:

July 8, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Stacy Smedley of Skanska USA and Building Transparency presents about embodied carbon.

July 1, Andreas Benzing & Scott Kennedy—PH Battle of the Cities, NYC v VAN:

July 1, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Andreas Benzing and Scott Kennedy, PH Battle of the Cities—NYC v. VAN.

June 24, Joanna Grab & Jen Leone—Data, Not Anecdotes! How to Fund PH.:

June 24, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Joanna Grab and Jen Leone, "Data, Not Anecdotes! How to Fund PH."

June 10, Ya’el Santopinto & Graeme Stewart—Ken Soble Tower Passive House Retrofit:

June 10, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Ya'el Santopinto & Graeme Stewart about Ken Soble Tower Passive House Retrofit.

June 3, Tom Bassett-Dilley and Timothy Eberline—Carroll Center Passive House Retrofit:

June 3, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Tom Bassett-Dilley and Timothy Eberline about Carroll Center Passive House Retrofit.

May 27, Kate Nason—Melbourne Passive House:

May 27, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Kate Nason presents about Melbourne Passive House.

May 20, Graham Irwin—Future Proofing for Energy and Water:

May 20, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Graham Irwin presents about future proofing strategies for energy and water.

May 13, Ed May—New Jersey’s First Multifamily Passive House:

May 13, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Ed May presents about New Jersey's first multifamily Passive House building.

May 13, Ed May—After Hour Presentation about Digital Passive House “Jigs”:

May 13, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Ed May's After Hour presentation about digital Passive House "jigs".

May 6, Tessa Smith—Madison Passive House:

May 6, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Tessa Smith presents about Madison Passive House.

April 29, Tomás O’Leary—Ireland’s largest Passive House scheme:

April 29, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Tomás O'Leary presents about Ireland's largest Passive House scheme.

April 22, Sally Godber—Goldsmith Street, winner of RIBA’s Stirling Prize:

April 22, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Sally Godber presents about Goldsmith Street social housing project.

April 15, Andrew Peel—world’s first Passive House car dealership:

April 15, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Andrew Peel presents about the Passive House Subaru dealership in Red Deer, Ontario.

April 8, Michelle Apigian—Massachusetts Passive House multifamily:

April 8, 2020 Global Passive House Happy Hour: Michelle Apigian presents multifamily Passive House details from Massachusetts project.

April 1, Timothy McDonald—the “good ugly” Front Flats:

April 1, 2020 Global Passive Happy Hour: Dr. Wolfgang Feist presents Top 10 List and Tim McDonald presents provocative Front Flats project.