NAPHN is now a Cooperative
Posted Aug 18, 2014, 4:36 PM by North American Passive House NetworkNorth American Passive House Network (NAPHN) filed papers to formally incorporate as a cooperative corporation after operating informally since 2011. Representatives
from four regional independent Passive House advocacy organizations, New York Passive House,Passive House California, passivhausMAINE, and theCanadian Passive House Institute, served as the incorporators and provided the founding officers.
“The decision to use the cooperative structure reflects the evolution of this organization from a small informal network to an established, collaborative community,” said Co-President Bronwyn Barry, “NAPHN wants to provide the most support possible toward those working at the regional level, where we see the most activity taking place.”
As a network this group collectively organized the popular ‘Passive House Zone’ at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco and & 2013 in Philadelphia. NAPHN regularly facilitates the participation of international leaders at regional events. NAPHN organized and hosted speaker tours by Guenter Lang (Austria) in 2011, Joke Dockx (Belgium) in 2012, Wolfgang Feist and Witta Ebel (Germany) in 2013, and Nick Grant (UK) in 2014. A PHPP Dashboard competition was organized in 2012 to encourage information sharing among Passive House energy modelers. Various workshops and trainings were coordinated across the country for both manufacturers, architects and builders. The active participation by all the regional groups in these events served to lay the foundation for the cooperative principles this organization has now formally adopted.
NAPHN has grown substantially from the initial three organizations who founded this group. It formed in late 2011 to serve as a resource-sharing portal for the growing network of independent, regional organizations that began forming across the continent from 2008. The need for a democratic and transparent umbrella organization emerged from these grassroots efforts. New York, California and the Northwest initiated the early formation. They were then joined by the New Mexico, Canada, Maine and Western Pennsylvania regions, forming a network that stretches across the North American continent.
As NAPHN embarks as a cooperative, it’s producing its most important event to date, the NAPHN14
Conference & Expo, September 22nd-23rd, in Portland, Maine. The conference will showcase Passive House leaders and projects from across North America and around the world, including Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Director of the Passive House Institute, who will provide the opening keynote address.
Welcome Passive House Western Pennsylvania
Posted Jul 10, 2014, 10:44 AM by Bronwyn BarryPHWPA members have been designing and building significant projects in their region. The group was formed by this active community, coalescing around a shared interest in building projects to the Passive House Standard. The presence of this new, local organization is certain to enhance the collaborative efforts of our network. We look forward to great contributions from their region.PHWPA has issued the following mission statement: "Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) is a membership organization dedicated to lowering energy use in buildings. PHWPA’s goal is to provide education, promote awareness, transparent resource sharing, and advocacy for Passive House strategies for commercial and residential buildings in our region. In pursuing this goal we will foster a collaborative network to unify the Passive House community in this region and in the country."More info can be found on their website here.
NAPHN14 Website Now Live!
Posted May 26, 2014, 10:24 PM by North American Passive House Networkclicking this link here.
Report From Aachen on Green Building Advisor
Posted May 13, 2014, 12:14 PM by North American Passive House NetworkNAPHN founding member and President of New York Passive House, Ken Levenson, has posted an extensive report on the Green Building Advisor blog site. It documents the events and proceedings at the recent International Passive House Conference held in Aachen, Germany. North America and the NAPHN were well represented at the event. We were proud to support two recipients of 2014 Passive House Awards from North America: Tim McDonald of Onion Flats/Plumbob Design, won for his Belfield, PA, project and Julie Torres Muskovitz whose "Tighthouse," NY, won the Retrofits category. The NAPHN dinner following the conference was an outstanding success. It exemplified both international diplomacy and effective cooperation between our regional member organizations. We hosted over 30 North American attendees and welcomed an additional 30+ dinners from across the globe. All enjoyed an informal evening sharing their experiences from the conference and learning about how the Passive House Standard is being successfully implemented here in North America.
CanPHI to Provide Training in San Francisco, Burlington Vermont and New York City
Posted May 13, 2014, 11:31 AM by North American Passive House NetworkCanPHI will provide PHPP, Intro to designPH and Thermal Bridging Calculations classes over the course of May 12-15 in San Francisco, and then again from June 6th to June 10th in Burlington VT. Andrew will then provide the Intro to designPH class in New York City on June 16th. Find out more about the trainings and register with the links below.San Francisco, CABurlington, VTNew York City
North American Dinner at the International Passive House Conference
Posted Apr 10, 2014, 3:31 PM by North American Passive House NetworkDetails and location info can be found here.
Call for Submissions Announced
Posted Apr 10, 2014, 3:12 PM by North American Passive House Network
The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) has announced a call for submissions regarding their upcoming two-day conference set for September 22nd and 23rd. Taking place in Portland, Maine, the 2014 conference and expo is being presented by NAPHN with particular cooperation and support from member organization, passivhausMAINE. The keynote address will provided by Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Founder and Director of the Passive House Institute.
A variety of presentations, all focusing on the Passive House Standard, will be covered. Eight topic areas will be considered for those submitting:
- All Climates: A look at buildings in demanding (and not so demanding) climates; from arctic, to desert, to hot and humid and between.
- All Building Types: From buildings with complex programs (and not so complex); from schools, to offices, to multi-family, to single family homes.
- Fully Integrated: A look at the planning & technological nuts and bolts; from heat pumps, to ventilation, to manufactured and production building, to onsite PV, solar thermal and more.
- EnerPHit Standard: Renovating to make yesterday’s buildings the future again. All uses, locations and issues.
- Nor’easter: Regional issues regarding buildings, techniques, and issues unfolding in the conference host region of New England and Eastern Canada.
- Comfort, Health & Efficiency: Technical considerations regarding predicable, mold free, draft free, low-energy building.
- Finance & ROI: The institutions, the mechanisms, the policies, the data to make these buildings possible.
- Energy, Policy & Building: From Passive House and new PHI energy rating categories, to a green grid – all aspects of making society’s low-energy carbon-free changeover.
Presentation submissions may address more than one topic area. Submissions are encouraged to indicate as many topic areas as may be applicable, though a primary focus for the session must be noted in the description. Submissions are welcome from across North American and from around the globe. The deadline for acceptance is set for May 31st and submissions may be updated at anytime up to the deadline. Those interested in applying should do so online through the NAPHN online submission form.
NAPHN14 Conference Announced
Posted Apr 10, 2014, 3:13 PM by North American Passive House Network
passivhausMAINE Joins NAPHN
Posted Feb 1, 2014, 3:23 AM by Ken LevensonPassivhausMAINE is the latest leading regional North American Passive House organization to join NAPHN. Maine is a hotbed of Passive House activity with such trailblazing practitioners as Chris Corson, Jesper Kruse, Kaplan Thompson and GO Logic - to name just a few. The other NAPHN organization members welcome passivhausMAINE and look forward to working together collaboratively in promoting the Passive House standard and learning from each other's work and experiences. If you live or work in Maine consider getting active in passivhausMAINE.
PHPP Overdrive: Advancing Passive House in North America
Posted Nov 27, 2013, 12:59 PM by North American Passive House NetworkPassive 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 North American Passive House NetworkWe 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 North American Passive House Network
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: email@example.com.Download all the information and details on this exciting opportunity here.
Passive House North 2013
Posted Jun 12, 2013, 7:12 PM by North American Passive House NetworkNorth 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 North American Passive House NetworkPassive 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 North American Passive House NetworkSafer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 North American Passive House NetworkThree 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.