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Passive House Multi-Family Case-Studies: Front Flats, Harbor Village, and Finch Cambridge Presenters: Tim McDonald, CPHC, Onion Flats Michelle Apigian, CPHC, ICON Architecture This two-session course features multi-family Passive House case-studies recorded at the April and May, 2020, Passive House MA open meetings. In the first, Tim McDonald discusses his latest large Passive House project in Pennsylvania, Front Flats. In the second, Michelle Apigian discusses her new affordable Passive House in Gloucester, Harbor Village, and shares lessons learned from the nearly-completed Finch Cambridge affordable project.  Learn how Passive House is revolutionizing the multifamily and affordable housing sectors – and what lessons these experienced PH designers have learned on their projects. Each session is approximately 1 hour.  Read More

Note: this is a recording a previous live-webinar. Video, audio, and slides included.  Presenters: Angela Iraldi, CPHC, PHIUS+Verifier, Project Manager, Re:Vision Architecture Nick Semon, PHIUS+Verifier, Senior Project Manager, Testing Specialist, Re:Vision Architecture This presentation focuses on the technical requirements of PHIUS verification for both single family and multifamily dwellings. While some requirements, such as blower door testing, are generally well understood by Passive House designers, others are more opaque. While it is the job of the Verifier, not the Designer, to perform all required tests and inspections, Designers can benefit from an understanding of which specific parts of their design will ultimately be tested. These testing and verification requirements are both explicit in the PHIUS standards and implicit in several third-party programs that are required by PHIUS. By gaining a basic understanding of these requirements and additional certifications, Designers can position their projects for a higher degree of success within the Passive House system. PHIUS CEU Eligible  Read More

Heat Pump Workshop 2: Best and Worst Practices Installing and Operating Air-Sourced Heat Pumps in Retrofits, New Code Buildings and Passive House Buildings Presented by: Joe Armenti, Senior Manager of Service, Northeast Region, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC, LLC Peter Marciano, General Operations Manager, Legacy Buildings and Consulting, LLC Note: this is a live webinar. Log-on instructions will be sent to all registered participants. This is Part 2 of a 2 part workshop. You may register for one or both of these sessions.  Read More

Heat Pump Workshop 1:  Best and Worst Practices Designing with ASHPs in Retrofits, New Code Buildings and Passive House Buildings Presented by Kimberly Llewellyn, MS Eng, CPHC, Performance Construction Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Note: this is a live webinar. Log-on instructions will be sent to all registered participants. This is Part 1 of a 2 part workshop. You may register for one or both of these sessions.  Read More

Note: this is a live webinar. Log-on instructions will be sent to all registered participants. Presented by David Salamon, CPHC, CPHD, Re:Vision Architecture Designing a Passive House is not easy and yet it is actually the easy part when considering the entire design and construction process! Drawing ideal details in the controlled environment of a comfortable office with favorite playlists and fresh coffee on demand pale in face of the difficulties encountered in the field. Weather, sequencing, materials, low skilled workers, apathy, inertia, as well as common mistakes all conspire against achieving Passive House certification throughout the many months of construction. Though this presentation focuses on helping passive house designers, builders, and developers avoid common mistakes on multifamily residences, the lessons presented will be relevant for other project types as well. Additionally, this presentation will illustrate where corners are often cut and seemingly innocuous decisions that can have a substantial ripple effect through the rest of the project. Covered topics include material continuity and sequencing at the thermal and airtight boundaries, substitutions and unintended consequences, specifications and coordination. The lessons presented were learned on actual projects and are intended to illuminate common pitfalls in order to help the industry as a whole to realize successful passive house projects. Read More

An Introduction to Passive House Buildings & Design Note: this is a recording of an earlier webinar. Register for access.  In this course, we will provide an overview of the Passive House building standard including certification metrics, common design elements, and net-zero potential, as well as the impacts Passive House has on carbon and health. Examples of various building types will be presented and information on funding opportunities will be provided. Get your questions answered on what Passive House is, where it came from, and how it is expanding throughout the state and region. Offered for free through the new Mass Save Passive House program, this course is designed for architects, builders, engineers, developers, and all members of project teams, as well as homeowners, renovators, and others with an interest in low-carbon, high-performance homes and buildings. Read More

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