Passive House & All-Electric Homes Learning Center

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The Sponsors of Mass Save® invite you to join the All-Electric Homes Kickoff Series: “The Case for Electrification” featuring the Acton All-Electric Home on Tuesday, April 19 at 3pm EST via GoToMeeting.  The recently launched All-Electric Home incentive is designed for single-family and 2-4 unit homes that achieve high-performance construction and utilize all-electric appliances for heating, cooling, water heating, and cooking. As part of the launch of this new and exciting offer, this event series will feature deep dives into the experiences of builders, architects, and engineers who worked to design and construct real-world all-electric homes – as well as the perspectives of the HERS raters involved in these projects.  On each webinar, our experts will discuss a specific project and present key details and lessons learned.  Key features of the Acton All-Electric home include:  -HERS index score of 26 (before PV) -Continuous insulation and advanced air sealing  -PHIUS+2018 - PHIUS+ Source Zero  Panelists:  Builders:        Dave Wittig and Laura Burnes, Adams+Beasley Associates  Engineer:      Jordan Goldman, ZeroEnergy Design  HERS Rater:  Mike Browne, Advanced Building Analysis  We hope you can join us for the first webinar in our 3-part series!  Read More

The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has introduced a new version of their standard with the goal of making it easier and more affordable for single-family residential homes to achieve Passive House certification. In this workshop, you will learn about this new Prescriptive Path and how it can simply the design and certification process for single-family homes and make certification available for a wider range of project teams, project sizes and project budgets. Additionally, Mass Save has introduced new financial incentives for 1-4 unit homes that achieve significant energy use reductions and make strides towards going all-electric. Together, these new programs will further fuel the growth of Passive House projects in the region and help new contractors, developers, and owners get involved.  This workshop will cover background context on the Passive House standard and origin of the Prescriptive Path checklist and then provide step by step instructions and case studies on how it's used in action. Audience questions and discussion included.  Intended for architects, developers, PH consultants, raters, and contractors of residential projects.  Read More

Designed for builders, contractors, project managers, subs, and trades, this session provides an overview of Passive House details, explores the construction challenges unique to Passive House builds, and shares lessons learned from recent projects. Featuring: Nat Coughlin, L.D. Russo - Presenting lessons learned from the Waring School in Beverly and the Hillsdale Center in Newburyport. Ed Sople, Dellbrook JKS - Presenting a case study of a multifamily project, the Loop at Mattapan Station. Aaron Gunderson, PHMass - Presenting on principles, features, and common construction details of Passive House projects. Read More

This session will review the Passive House building standard and certifications, highlight design and construction principles, showcase examples and case studies of built projects, and explain the available incentives from Mass Save for projects and training.  All experience levels welcome for this introductory course covering various building types including mid to high rise multifamily, low rise and single family, affordable housing, and commercial offices. Great for architects, builders, contractors, developers, and policy makers who are either new to Passive House or looking for a refresher on the up-to-date standards and incentives as of 2021. Live virtual session with audience Q&A.   Read More

Proper ventilation is essential to making Passive House buildings work and providing high levels of air quality and comfort. This presentation discusses integrating comfort control systems with variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.  Presented by: Mike Woolsey, Certified Passive House Designer and building systems expert at Swegon North America JS Rancourt, Principle at DXS New England, VRF HVAC specialist   Read More

  Electrification is the buzz word du jour for decarbonization, and it’s pushing policymakers to rethink how they structure everything, from local codes, to energy models, to how they incentive programs focused on high performance buildings. Passive House has always provided a more careful accounting for ‘source energy,’ looking closely at which fuels power which appliances and HVAC equipment, noting that not all source energy is equal. This presentation will delve into how the Passive House standard is structured to support both electrification and decarbonization. We’ll delve into the back end of the Primary Energy Renewables framework. We’ll look at how these renewable source energy factors are derived, how they’re applied to the various active components in buildings. Lastly, we’ll look at how these work for New England using a specific project in PHPP. Presented by: Bronwyn Barry, North American Passive House Association Board President Dylan Martello, Senior Building Systems Consultant, Steven Winter Associates Read More

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