PHPP Overdrive: Advancing Passive House in North America
Posted Nov 27, 2013, 12:59 PM by A PhnPassive House Institute and the Passive House Academy. Students spent two days learning about the latest updates to the PHPPv.8, how best to navigate the new inputs, account for mechanical equipment and include components for large commercial buildings. PHI was able to receive direct feedback from North American practitioners on how the Passive House Standard is being implemented locally. The two-way dialog was invigorating for all. We were grateful for the cooperation of the Association for Energy Affordability, which allowed us the use of their training facilities in four locations across North America. Students were able to attend in New York, California and Bellingham and Olympia in Washington State. We look forward to additional trainings to enhance the knowledge base of our growing Passive House community. This includes expanding the base of qualified trainers and certifiers for North America.
PASSIVE HOUSE ZONE SUCCESS
Posted Dec 1, 2013, 4:23 AM by Ken LevensonWe'd like to thank all the participants that made the Passive House Zone such a great success this year at GREENBUILD 2013: the hundreds and hundreds of visitors, ten top rate vendors, the NAPHN volunteers, the Passive House presenters and our friends Jessica Grove-Smith and Rainer Pfluger of the Passive House Institute, Darmstadt, Germany. All coming together made for an energizing and informative synergy that brought Passive House to new audiences as well as renewed old relationships. As reported by Andrew Michler in his inhabitat article The Top Ten Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, The Passive House Zone clearly demonstrated the catalyst of community in promoting the Passive House concept, as visitors were able to experience and learn about many aspects of the Passive House Standard.The Passive House Zone featured many leading manufacturers and educators: Training and Certification: Association for Energy Affordability, Passive House Academy, Passive House Institute. Airtightness: Pro Clima & 475 High Performance Building Supply Insulation: FOAMGLAS Windows/Doors/Skylights: Internorm , Klearwall High Efficiency Ventilation: Air Pohoda , Zehnder America Professional Associations: New York Passive House, Passive House California, Passive House New Mexico, Passive House Northwest, Canadian Passive House Institute
Greenbuild 2013 is Passive House Country
Posted Nov 6, 2013, 10:21 PM by Bronwyn Barry
Passive House Institute to offer Training in New York and California
Posted Nov 12, 2013, 10:11 AM by Ken Levenson
There will be two specialized workshops:
Passive House practitioners will have the unique opportunity to learn directly from the scientists that have helped build the Passive House standard and Passive House Planning Package (PHPP), while discussing American building issues in classroom with leading consultant peers. Topics will include: Latest research and upcoming PHPP developments, cooling and dehumidification, PHPP for non-residential and commercial buildings, tools and tricks of optimizing your PHPP, case studies across the US. (2 days) Find out more and sign-up here.
Mechanical engineers and mechanical equipment manufacturers will receive a basic introduction to Passive House with a specific focus on mechanical design and equipment requirements in Passive House buildings. Topics will include: Introduction to Passive House principles, mechanical systems design, mechanical systems certification, solution for exemplary buildings both domestic and commercial, case studies. (1 day) Find our more and sign-up here.
The instructors will be:
Dr. Rainer Pfluger: University of Innsbruck & Passive House Institute
Jessica Grove-Smith, MSc: Passive House Institute
Robert Ryan: Passive House Academy
The PHPP Overdrive workshop will occur simultaneously in the Association for Energy Affordability’s classrooms in the Bronx, NY and in Oakland, California – connected with state of the art long distance learning technology. The training for Mechanical Engineers and Manufacturers will only be available in the Bronx, NY, location.
Our Network Expands - and so does our Name.
Posted Sep 16, 2013, 5:06 PM by A PhnWe timed our name- and logo-change to coincide with the Passive House North 2013 Conference. Our new NAPHN booth will host an INNOVATION ZONE within the conference Trade Show. Make sure to stop by and for a 'sneak preview' of a few items that are not yet on the market. Our booth will also host Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy of Community Solutions. Their latest documentary, "Passive House: A Building Revolution" has just been released. It will be screened in Vancouver during the conference. We're very excited to help them to promote this important film.
'INNOVATION ZONE' INVITATION
Posted Sep 16, 2013, 5:19 PM by A Phn
New Products - either prototype or in development - or already developed Products, not currently for sale or in full production, to participate in an INNOVATION ZONE.
The APHN has decided to host a special booth at the upcoming Passive House North 2013 Conference. The trade show for this event is already over-sold, but the organizers have generously allocated a special location for this innovative booth.
Date: September 27 & 28th, 2013Event: Passive House North 2013 Conference
Cost: $375.00 per itemThe intention of this INNOVATION ZONE is to:
· Help inventors to find investors, collaborators or production partners
· Help manufacturers display new products not yet ready for market
· Encourage production specifically for the North American Passive House market
Submittal Deadline: September 12th, 2013
Application Process: Download, read and sign the attached contract. (<click on text to download.)
This event promises to be the most significant Passive House event yet held in North America and includes the leading Passive House advocates from Canada, the USA and Europe. It has already attracted significant media attention, notably on the hugely popular website Treehugger. The APHN continues to actively encourage the design, production and marketing of high performance products for the North American market. Please contact us directly if you have any further questions regarding this event: firstname.lastname@example.org.Download all the information and details on this exciting opportunity here.
Passive House North 2013
Posted Jun 12, 2013, 7:12 PM by A PhnNorth America added another Passive House conference to an already impressive field with the launch of "Passive House North 2013." This event, hosted by the Canadian Passive House Institute, is dedicated to cost-effective strategies for reducing building energy in cool climates.
"PASSIVE HOUSE NORTH 2013: Affordable energy efficiency for a changing climate" will convene Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, B.C. Keynote presenters include Passive House pioneer, Harold Orr, and Dr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passive House Institute. Special pre-conference workshops are scheduled on preceding dates. The presentation schedule may be downloaded here. Discounted tickets are available to APHN affiliate members until June 23rd. Regular tickets and additional information may be found at the CanPHI website here.
CanPHI joins the APHN
Posted May 28, 2013, 7:43 PM by A PhnPassive House North 2013 Conference. This event will be in Vancouver on September 27 & 28th. All CanPHI and APHN group members receive $150 off the conference registration fee until June 23rd only.From CanPHI's website: "The Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) is a registered non-profit educational organization, based in Wakefield, Quebec and Vancouver, BC. We are 100% Canadian-owned and operated, and we provide Canadians with the knowledge, tools, networks and confidence to design and construct buildings which meet the world’s highest level of energy efficiency, the international Passive House Standard." It should be noted that CanPHI is in the process of forming a membership driven structure, and that while CanPHI facilitates Passive House training offered by its members, CanPHI itself does not offer training.The APHN continues to openly invite other qualified regional Passive House advocacy organizations to join us, including those from all countries in North America.
NYPH 2013 Symposium Announced
Posted Apr 13, 2013, 2:57 AM by Ken LevensonNY13 Passive House Symposium: Policy, Finance, Performance is to be held Saturday, June 8th in New York City. The symposium will feature presentations by Dr. Berthold Kaufmann of PHI, Richard Leigh of the Urban Green Council and many others - exploring how Passive House can and should be the cornerstone of our low-energy and low-emissions future. This day long event will also feature an Expo of Passive House related products and services. Join the fun June 8th. Find out more here.
Remove Flame Retardants from Foam
Posted Apr 10, 2013, 2:58 PM by A PhnSafer Insulation Solution (SIS) has banded together to lobby for the removal of flame retardants from foam insulation where foam is protected and fire safe by existing code provisions. A proposal has been drafted to create exceptions from the requirement that leads to the use of these toxic chemicals in the upcoming 2015 IRC. The long term strategy, developed through the SIS coalition, is based on addressing this issue through progressive changes in building codes, in order to open the market to the introduction of non-flame-retarded plastic foam insulation and eventually, to shift US practice into alignment with European practice, where flame-retarded foam is a specialty product and the norm is for plastic foam insulation to be free of halogenated flame retardant chemicals.
The American Passive House Network supports this effort. Members are encouraged to help by:
· Signing the petition to include exceptions in the code: http://saferinsulation.greensciencepolicy.org/code-change-resolution/
· Making a donation to the Development Center for Appropriate Technology at http://www.dcat.net/support_dcat/index.php
· Testify in Dallas at the IRC Code Development Hearings on or about April 27 – For more information, contact Laura Bartels at email@example.com or 970-379-6779.
Learn more at http://saferinsulation.greensciencepolicy.org/
The APHN shares Brussels' Exemplary Building strategy
Posted Mar 28, 2013, 11:56 AM by A PhnThree APHN member regions hosted Ms.Joke (Yoka) Dockx for a special 'High Performance' Rock-Star tour of the USA. We flew Ms. Dockx around the country to visit with NYPH, PHnw and PHCA. She presented at multiple events, conferences, symposia and special meetings with legislators and city officials. Her presentations and a host of additional resources can all be viewed and downloaded from the ARCHIVES tab, here on the APHN website. We are grateful to the Brussels Office of the Environment for sharing both Ms. Dockx, their documentation and their logical implementation strategy with the US Passive House community.
PHCA Spring Symposium: Building Carbon Zero California
Posted Feb 4, 2013, 7:02 PM by A PhnCalifornia already has impressive legislation in place that sets the goal for achieving Net Zero energy buildings by 2030. Unfortunately there are no clear paths for how this target will be achieved. The goal of this one-day symposium is to gather policy-makers, industry leaders, architects and builders to collectively determine how best to move forward.
Alex Steffen will keynote the Symposium with a look at “How cities will save the Planet.” He will place our local efforts within the global context of climate change but draw on real examples that have and can make positive impacts on our collective future.
Ms. Joke Dockx (pronounced ‘Yokey Docs’) will join us from the City of Brussels’ Office of the Environment. She will share her Brussels’ strategy for defining their Green Building policies and how it progressed from pilot projects to legislation over a span of five years. Additional speakers will look at successful and unsuccessful projects from across the US and California, where we will hear from a panel of architects, builders and developers who have already achieved Net Zero buildings. Their successes and challenges will lead to the closing session where attendees can participate in a collective planning session on how we want to move toward Net Zero.
PHNW 2013 Annual Conference
Posted Feb 4, 2013, 6:56 PM by A Phn
The keynote address will be given by Bullitt Foundation President, Denis Hayes. Mr. Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day, and former head of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), is a long time environmental activist and solar power proponent. His remarks will place Passive House in the context of a total-sustainability agenda, using the Bullitt Center, a Living Building Challenge project.
J.O. Dockx, Director for Energy at the Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment (“Brussels Environment”) will provide the featured presentation. Brussels Environment promotes, subsidizes, and monitors sustainable development in the Brussels Capital Region of Belgium. Ms. Dockx will explain how Brussels has created a government-private Exemplary Buildings partnership promoting Passive House construction and retrofits. Since 2007, it has assisted 52 Exemplary Building projects with another 44 under construction (collectively, over 1.5 million square feet of passive house buildings). A growing share of the Exemplary Buildings meet the Passive House Standard, and it will mandate Passive House starting 2015. Brussels Environment has already reduced regional energy consumption by 10%.
PHMaine Multi-Family Forum
Posted Feb 4, 2013, 6:48 PM by A Phn
PHPP Dashboard Winners Announced
Posted Jan 4, 2013, 4:39 PM by A PhnAll entries can be viewed (some for free download) and are archived on our website here.
Full House at Window Certification Workshop
Posted Jan 2, 2013, 3:09 AM by Ken Levenson
Success at Greenbuild 2012
Posted Jan 2, 2013, 2:44 AM by Ken LevensonThe APHN Passive House Zone at the national USGBC Greenbuild conference in San Francisco in November 2012. APHN represented its member organizations - PHCA, PHNM, PHNW and NYPH - with a stylish and informative booth put together by PHCA members. The booth saw a constant flow of visitors and interest in the Passive House standard. A few of the VIP guests spotted visiting the zone included former NY Governor George Pataki, BuildingGreen founder Alex Wilson, and Dr. Benjamin Krick and Sarah Mekjian of the Passive House Institute. Of course the zone wouldn't have been possible without the cooperation of the nine sponsoring vendors: 475 High Performance Building Supply, Cascadia Windows & Doors, Hayward Lumber, Peak Building Products, SIGA, Small Planet Workshop, Wooden Windows,Zehnder America and Zola Windows. Thank you vendors!At the conclusion of Greenbuild APHN helps host a Passive House Window Certification Workshop. Separate description here.
PASSIVE HOUSE PARTY
Posted Nov 6, 2012, 4:04 AM by Ken LevensonPost-Greenbuild Cocktails, Dinner +
PASSIVE HOUSE PARTY(with VIP Guests from the Passive House Institute)
Don't have tickets for the official Greenbuild Party? Looking for a place to meet like-minded overachievers who share your enthusiasm for energy-efficient green buildings? We've designed this party especially for you.
Passive House California invites you to mingle with local, national and International Passive House enthusiasts and enjoy a cocktail (or two) and some great food. We are honored to have two VIP guests from the Passive House Institute joining us for this event. We'll introduce them, and they will be available to talk Passive House shop, including how the standard is being adopted around the globe.
Date: Nov. 15th (directly after the Trade Show closes)
Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: 450 Architects, 450 Clementina Street, San Francisco
(two blocks from Moscone Center)
Tickets include Food + Beverages.
Our thanks to 450 Architects for hosting this event.
For tickets, please go to http://greenbuildpassivehouseparty.eventbrite.com/
APHN Celebrates International Passive House Days
Posted Nov 6, 2012, 3:55 AM by Ken Levenson
APHN member groups, Passive House Northwest, Passive House California, Passive House New Mexico and New York Passive House are among the U.S. regional groups holding open houses to celebrate the 9th annual International Passive House Days. The International Passive House Days are an annual opportunity for the public to view and tour Passive Houses and buildings constructed using the Passive House approach—the fastest growing approach to creating high performance buildings.
In the United States, more than 100 buildings have been built to the standard, and hundreds more are on the drawing boards. At least 26 buildings across the United States will be open for viewing during this international event. Links to some of the regional events are below.In addition to houses in these regions, there are Passive Houses to tour in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New England, and New Mexico.
Worldwide approximately 2,000 buildings meeting the Passive House standard will be open for tours, including schools, offices, single family homes, condos, apartment buildings, and other institutional and commercial buildings. The International Passive House Days demonstrate that the approach is practical in climates throughout the world. And, the event allows people throughout the world to join together in taking concrete, practical steps right now to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas production.
Regional event links:
Get more information on the international event and find out whether there are houses in your area to visit here.
PHPP re-sellers announce donation to the APHN
Posted Oct 2, 2012, 7:41 PM by A PhnPassive House Academy will donate $10 for every copy of the PHPP sold here in the US, while the Small Planet Workshop will donate $5.00 for every copy sold.Thank you to both of these companies for their extremely generous contribution to the American Passive House Network. We will be using the proceeds to promote our Passive House advocacy policy of 'not either or, but more!'