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Passive House 201: A Technical Look at Passive House This course goes into greater depth regarding the challenges and successful strategies employed to achieve the Passive House design criteria on significant projects in the Northeast. Presented by Luke McKneally, CPHC, AIA, LEED AP Topics Covered include: Basic massing, shading and solar control Air barrier, weather barrier and thermal control layers Balanced ventilation, efficient heating, cooling and domestic hot water systems Models used to guide the design Forum feature available for questions and discussion with presenter.  Read More

Representatives and participants of the Mass Save Passive House Incentive Program discuss in detail the process of going through the program, including conducting Feasibility Studies, Charrettes, and Energy Modeling, as well as the certification and approval process and incentive payment and net performance bonus calculations. Audience Q&A included. Presenters: Luke McKneally, ICF Kristen Simmons, ICF Lauren Baumann, New Ecology Ashley Wisse, New Ecology Ian Johnson, Linnean Solutions Read More

This is an introductory course to provide rudimentary knowledge of Passive House design considerations. It assumes familiarity with the PH101 presented by PHMA. Read More

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

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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