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Presented by Bronwyn Barry, North American Passive House Network Board President This presentation will take a macro view of policies applied to building development, highlighting opportunities available to policymakers to accelerate decarbonization using the Passive House standard. Ms. Barry will look at where and how the Passive House development process fits (or doesn’t fit) within conventional code frameworks. This macro view of the development journey typical for most buildings will identify specific leverage points available to policymakers, highlighting how and where Passive House may be leveraged to drive higher performance, not just for projects targeting Passive House, but for all buildings. She’ll close by reviewing specific policies and programs currently being utilized in North America as onramps to Passive House, sharing why they’re working and how these programs may be adapted for similar local success. Read More

This interactive online four-session workshop series draws on project experience to demonstrate cost-effective planning and design of affordable, low-emission, mid-rise, multifamily, wood-framed housing. Featuring regional case-studies and strategies for Massachusetts and New England.  The solutions presented in this workshop are drawn from the hundreds of affordable multi-unit buildings constructed to the Passive House standard worldwide, because this is the largest cohort of affordable, low-emission, mid-rise, multi-unit housing. While these solutions are taken from multi-unit Passive House buildings, they are equally applicable to buildings constructed to other low-emissions standards. Likewise, while affordable housing projects dominate the case studies presented in this workshop, the patterns apply equally to market- and luxury-housing projects. The curriculum has been prepared by the Energy and Sustainability team at RDH, a team that is consulting to more than five million square feet of Passive House projects, in consultation with Passive House Massachusetts and Mass Save. The workshops will be presented by Monte Paulsen, a veteran Passive House trainer and leader of the RDH Passive House team. Recordings of all workshop sessions are available for a limited time. Register to watch now.  Workshop 1: Guide to a Pattern Language, Form Patterns, Costs, Discussion Workshop 2: Embodied Carbon, Assembly Patterns, Thermal Bridging Patterns, Incentives Workshop 3: Summer Comfort, Shading & Window Patterns, Cooling Patterns, Open Discussion Workshop 4: Ventilation Patterns, Electrification Patterns, Planning Process & Timelines, Wrap-up Discussion   Read More

This innovative virtual "hands-on" training series features presentations and discussion on all aspects of constructing high-performing Passive House buildings. Geared towards general contractors, carpenters, project managers, air sealing and insulation trades, HVAC and plumbing trades, window installers, and quality control specialists - as well as all members of a project team.  Taught by experts from Steven Winter Associates with guidance from Passive House Massachusetts and Mass Save. You may attend all sessions or just the ones that apply to you.  Schedule: (9am to 12pm EST each day) Workshop 1: Intro to PH and Building Envelope Date: 11/20/2020 Workshop 2: Carpentry, Window Installers, Air Barrier, and Insulation Trades Date: 12/04/2020 Workshop 3: HVAC and Plumbing Trades Date: 12/11/2020 Workshop 4: QA/QC Techniques for Ensuring Success Date: 12/18/2020 Continuing education credits available for PHIUS, AIA, and CSL. *CSL credits provided by partner group Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston  Read More

This virtual workshop on air-tightness testing in buildings was conducted remotely by experts from Retrotec in a building air tightness testing simulator. They cover the equipment and software needed to conduct a whole building air tightness test where more than one fan is needed. Topics include test planning, building preparation, equipment set-up, software overviews, and troubleshooting. Live Q&A/discussion included.    Read More

Presented by Mike Woolsey, Certified Passive House Designer and building systems expert at Swegon North America.  Passive House buildings are intended to be energy-efficient and comfortable. Comfort is often given lower priority, resulting in end-user complaints. This course explores the use of the so-called Boost Mode to provide on-demand occupant control. Read More

This hour-long course discusses the design of ventilation systems for large and/or mulitfamily Passive House buildings. Topics include ventilation rates and requirements, HRV and ERV selection, humidity and moisture management, central vs unitized location considerations, and filters/air-quality improvement.  Presented by Josephine Zurica, P.E., CPHC, Principle at Dagher Engineering.  This is a recorded from a live virtual session - audience Q&A/discussion is included. Read More

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