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Dylan Lamar is among the leading Passivhaus consultants in the country, having designed Passivhauses since 2004 from Illinois, to New Mexico, to Oregon. He has translated the PHPP into IP-units, in 2008 and 2014. He has also worked on many Passivhaus first’s in the nation including office/educational buildings, affordable single-family and the largest multifamily Passivhaus (currently under construction).
Program Description: This will be an interactive workshop introducing and guiding participants through use of the designPH Sketchup plugin and how to best integrate with the PHPP-IP v2.0. We will review best practices in the use of these tools for planning and certification purposes. Participants should bring a laptop installed with registered versions of Sketchup, designPH and the PHPP-IP v2. Sketchup and PHPP experience are strongly recommended to get the most from the workshop.
Dan Whitmore has worked in the construction industry since 1987 as a carpenter, general contractor, builder, and consultant with additional stints as a designer and FEMA Inspector. His introduction to high-performance building came at an early and impressionable age when, in 1977, his family built an award-winning Solar Home in Oklahoma, where he grew up. As designer, builder and Certified Passive House Consultant in 2010 he completed one of the first Passive Houses in Washington State. As a part of the Hammer and Hand, Inc. team he concentrates on project development and implementation in the Seattle market in addition to energy and building consulting throughout the region. Additionally he is an Instructor for the Passive House Institute US, co-developer of the PHIUS Builders’ Training program, Board Member of the Passive house Alliance US and a founding Board Member of Passive House Northwest.
Program Description: At the helm of any construction project is the builder, interpreting the intents of the architect, engineer, and client to bring vision to reality. While Passive House methodology is not rocket science, it does add complexity and nuance throughout the construction process, often in ways new to the North American builder. Dan’s workshop will pull from his experience building and consulting on twenty Passive House projects as well as the insights of countless Passive House builders from across North America. Session participants will come away with an understanding of the various components that go on into Passive House buildings with special focus on those developed for the Pacific Northwest, how those components differ from standard construction, and how they go together into a holistic solution that delivers durability, efficiency, comfort, and health.
Bronwyn Barry designs buildings, products, organizations, marketing campaigns and events - and prefer sto play in the high performance sandbox with the bold and adventurous. Her diverse skills are optimized by a love of collaboration, a startup mindset and a formidable work ethic. An international background and unconventional training have fostered a creative mind and ability to problem solve. Her specialty is achieving results through relationship and team building. She has strong connections across a broad spectrum of disciplines, from policy makers and researchers, to contractor and energy modeling communities. These relationships span the globe. Her fascination with structure extends to systems and organizations. She is a disciple of 'Bright Spot' theory and enjoys using that technique to rapidly scale and replicate systems that are already working. When not focused on buildings, she can be found on Twitter, mining new information, making new friends or simply enjoying a bit of global banter. Bronwyn currently enjoys working as the Design Director at One Sky Homes - a Silicon Valley Net Zero and Passive House Design|Build company. She periodically consults to window manufacturers on high performance profile design. Her volunteer time is spent in service to Passive House California and the North American Passive House Network.
Gary Klein, President of Gary Klein & Associates has been intimately involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 1974. One fifth of his career was spent in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the rest in the United States. Mr. Klein has a passion for hot water: getting into it, getting out of it and efficiently delivering it to meet customer's needs. After serving 19 years with the California Energy Commission, he has provided consulting on sustainability since 2008. Mr. Klein received a BA from Cornell University in 1975 with an Independent Major in Technology and Society with an emphasis on energy conservation and renewable energy.
Zack Semke: Zack is director of business development and chief evangelist with Hammer & Hand, a Portland and Seattle-based construction company dedicated to inciting evolution in building through service, craft, and science. http://hammerandhand.com Founded in 1995, the firm specializes in high performance building in the commercial and residential realms, with projects like Karuna House, the first in the world to achieve the triple crown of Passive House, Minergie, and LEED Platinum certifications. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology: Human Ecology, Zack began his career with the then-fledgling Coalition for a Livable Future, supporting its work in the ‘90s to advance progressive planning policy in the Portland region. By 1998, Zack’s passion for beating on huge drums beckoned and he devoted himself fulltime to co-directing Portland Taiko, leading the group’s organizational development, fundraising, and artistic programming, and performing for half a million people across the US. In 2005 Zack returned to his interest in the built environment, enrolling in the design program at the Landscape Institute in Boston. It was through his subsequent work as a designer at Shapiro Didway Landscape Architecture that he was introduced to Hammer & Hand. He joined H&H in 2010.
Lloyd Alter: Writer / Toronto. Lloyd Alter is managing editor of TreeHugger. He has been an architect, developer, inventor and prefab promoter. He contributes to The Guardian, Azure and Corporate Knights magazines, and is Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Lloyd is a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. In the course of his work developing small residential units and prefabs, Lloyd became convinced that we just use too much of everything- too much space, too much land, too much food, too much fuel, too much money, and that the key to sustainability is to simply use less. And, the key to happily using less is to design things better.
Günter Lang: Since 2001, LANG Consulting's intensive passive house networking, research and consulting work have made it a world-renowned passive house expert. In close cooperation with the Passivhaus Institut, Günter Lang has made a major contribution to networking passive house stakeholders worldwide and publicizing the passive house standard. In 2013 the Passivhaus Institut together with Günter Lang formed Passivhaus Austria – an expert networking group led by Günter Lang. Prior to leading Passivhaus Austria, Günter Lang was the manager of IG Passivhaus Oberösterreich for ten years. LANG Consulting conducts theoretical research and pioneering demonstration projects. Günter Lang presents his findings promptly and widely in numerous congresses and technical meetings worldwide. Günter Lang suggests that if you really want to get understand passive house, you must experience it for yourself. This is why Günter Lang has shown his own passive house – Austria’s first certified passive house - to thousands of visitors and conducts expertly-guided excursions to other passive houses for visitors from all over the globe.
Julie Kriegh: KRIEGH ARCHITECTURE STUDIOS, founded in 2000, focuses on high performance residential buildings and neighborhoods. Julie Kriegh, AIA, LEED AP, and international CPHC advocates strategies that are Aggressively Passive, using high performance building, sustainable site, and community design modeling to achieve low-energy demand and low-impact site design community wide. She holds degrees from Duke University and University of Washington (Master of Architecture) and is currently pursuing a PhD researching occupant behavior.
Russ Weiser: Russ has a background in Science and worked as an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech before becoming an Architect. Russ studied Architecture at University of Oregon and worked at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL). Working at HKP Architects since 1999, Russ is familiar with all phases of sustainable design and has a keen interest in reducing barriers to Passive House Construction.
Sam Hagerman: For 30 years Sam has worked as a builder, business owner and high performance building proponent. In 1995 he co-founded the contracting firm Hammer & Hand, emphasizing sustainability in the built and work environments. He is active in the national and local policy arenas, recently completing a three-year term as inaugural president of the national Passive House Alliance US, for which he continues to serve as board member. In 2012, Sam completed the first commercial Passive House retrofit in the US, the Glasswood Building in Portland. In 2013, he finished the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House (one of six super-efficient “demonstration homes” recognized by NW Energy Star) and the Karuna House (the first green building in the world to earn LEED, Passive House, and Minergie certifications). His current Passive House and other high performance building projects stretch from Yamhill County, Oregon to Seattle, Washington.
Graham S. Wright earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois with thesis work related to ink-jet printing, and worked ten years for Eastman Kodak on development toner-based printing technology. In 2007 he decided to devote the rest of his career to energy efficiency and renewable energy, joined Americorps VISTA and moved to Minnesota, where he helped the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance develop a durable and efficient solar air heat panel. In 2008 he served as a permaculturalist for the Hunt Utilities Group and discovered Passive House. In 2009 he moved to Portland Oregon where he is currently the principal of Wright On Sustainability, a pre-certifier for PHIUS and chair of the Technical Committee, and a hygrothermic analyst for Small Planet Workshop.
Program Description: Passive house buildings are characteristically designed for low peak or annual heating and cooling loads ("very small furnace size".) One of the selling points is that thermal comfort is improved (and/or that there is less need of distribution systems for heating and cooling.) But to the extent that comfort is a primary concern, it would be better to design for it directly using human comfort metrics, rather than using energy metrics as proxies. For one thing, the benefit of ceiling fans can then be modeled. Also, the fully mixed single-zone building energy models that are usually used for passive design may not be granular enough especially for large buildings. This presentation will introduce the Predicted Mean Vote and Predicted Percent Dissatisfied metrics, review the comfort standards ASHRAE 55, ISO 7730, and EN 15251, and explore how we might use them for comfort focused design, and to make tradeoffs between passive measures and distribution systems, and to quantify the comfort benefits of passive design in normal operation and in outage situations.
Joe Giampietro - Joe joined NK in 2012 with more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, land use planning, and architecture. In his role, Joe oversees all projects during the production of construction documents and throughout the construction phase, helping project managers provide high-quality design services to NK’s clients. He has a passion for designing high-performance, low-energy buildings. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Catholic University of America and dual master’s degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Passive House Consultant. Joe is a founding member of Passive House NW and an active member of the Sunset Hill Community Association and the Seattle chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. Aside from his professional interests, he enjoys sailing small sailboats, playing basketball, and woodworking.
Molly McCabe is an pioneer in the field of finance & sustainability. Through her company HaydenTanner, she acts as a management consultant and strategic advisor to NGO’s, governmental agencies and global organizations. With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, finance, and business consulting, she is a groundbreaker in the monetization of resource efficiency. Molly has a comprehensive and quantitative understanding of the triple bottom line. Molly’s company, HaydenTanner, cultivates practical solutions and strategies to accelerate the emergence of resilient buildings and vibrant, sustainable cities. Her work centers on game changing innovation – innovation that will change how we live and work and the resources we use. Utilizing a systems approach, her company focuses on identifying future trends in order to recognize technological and cultural shifts, as well as new patterns that can dynamically alter markets. As these themes are charted, risks are proactively managed with an eye on the big picture and the bottom-line. Through thoughtful questions, intuitive listening and active partnering, she crafts bold and creative solutions to enhance resiliency, community vibrancy and livability while meeting economic objectives.
Graham Irwin has worked in the construction industry for over twenty years. He has a degree in physics with additional studies in engineering and architecture, and an extensive background in software development. Graham recognized the potential of Passive House immediately and was one of the first Passive House Consultants certified in the US, as well as a founding board member of the Passive House Alliance, US (PHAUS), and Passive House California. He was subsequently trained by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany as a Passive House project certifier. Graham is also a USGBC LEED AP, a Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, an NCBDC Certified Professional Building Designer, and a professional member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD). Graham is actively involved in Passive House advocacy, promotion and education. In addition to project-based work, he advises government agencies on energy policy and lectures regularly. He has presented at the International and North American Passive House Conferences, West Coast Green, numerous Green Building Professionals' Guilds, the Affordable Comfort Institute's Home Performance Conference and JLC Live. Graham teaches Passive House courses for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and trains Passive House Consultants for the Passive House Institute, US (PHIUS).
Program Description: There have been numerous revisions, and proposals for revision, to the “Passive House Standard,” by both PHI and PHIUS. These changes are intended to extend and enhance the feasibility and scope of Passive House, but they have also
Andrew Michler: Owner Baosol LLC consulting, writer of Hyperlocalization of Architecture | Sustainable Building Archetypes released April 2015 by eVolo Publishing. Born in Oakland, California Andrew found his way to an pine forest in the Colorado Rockies where he has lived off grid for 20 years. Blending his long time experience in design/construction, art, and sustainable building research into the written word he began exploring contemporary buildings for the environmental design website Inhabitat, eVolo Magazine and other publications in 2010. His newly released book Hyperlocalization of Architecture explores firsthand new environmental contemporary architecture movements around the world including the passive house chapter [Germany Maintains] available for free at www.hyperlocalarch.com.
Program Description: As our building become much more efficient the importance of what we build with becomes a core design consideration. The emerging understanding of the impact of materiality in construction, while still imprecise has a deep and lasting environmental impact. The carbon footprint of a conventional building may be an important but small percentage of its lifetime impact, with Passive House the environmental impact of materials can notably go up as the energy consumption goes down. This is a particularly salient objective when investing in fabric first design and the resulting demand for more raw materials. The goal is to merge the revolution of Passive House and the evolution of low impact healthy construction from the standpoint of the envelope system. Using foam free Passive House construction methodologies Andrew will explore the impact of material selection from an environmental and building perspective. The first project is a small off grid retreat that merges Passive House with Cradle to Cradle inspired methodology to select materials based on environmental impact, health, and life use assessments. This inspired a second foam free mainstream three bedroom Passive House in a typical suburban neighborhood. Material selection and incorporation is examined for the environmental attributes with a focus on mineral wool, cotton batt, and cellulose and to de-emphasize concrete, foams, and plastics. The results are lower cost and more robust wall systems. Other mainstream and fungible low carbon
Mark Frankel is the Technical Director for the New Buildings Institute. NBI develops programs, policy, training, and research on high performance buildings and energy efficiency for organizations all over the country. Currently Mark is involved in national coalitions to improve building performance feedback, market adoption strategies for net zero energy and deep energy retrofits, and in the development and implementation of innovative codes and programs focused on building performance outcome and benchmarking. Mark has been consulting on energy efficiency and sustainable design for over 20 years. Mark has consulted on hundreds of capital projects, ranging in scale from single and multi-family residential projects to large commercial buildings and portfolio strategies. Mr. Frankel is a LEED Fellow and a licensed architect, and serves on the board of the Seattle 2030 District.
Ken Levenson graduated from Pratt Institute in 1989 and has been a registered architect in New York State since 1993. Ken is a Certified Passive House Designer, a founding board member of New York Passive House, the National Passive House Alliance and the North American Passive House Network. Ken is a founding partner at 475 High Performance Building Supply.
Steve Hallett is an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. He is the faculty lead on the university’s student farm and sustainable agriculture degree programs. Originally trained as an ecological and agricultural scientist, Steve has recently delved deeper into research that address sustainability from a broader perspective and has published two books: Life without Oil: Why we must Shift to a new Energy Future (Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY: 2011), and The Efficiency Trap: Finding a Better Way to Achieve a Sustainable Energy Future (Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY: 2013).
Fiona Douglas-Hamilton is the founder of SEEC LLC, a green valuation consulting and education firm located near Olympia, WA. SEEC is a licensed real estate school offering green building continuing education courses to appraisers and real estate brokers. In addition, SEEC partners with regional and national organizations to develop targeted market value transformation initiatives. In 2007, Fiona established the Green Building Value Initiative’s steering committee and speaks regularly at the national level on green valuation and real estate initiatives, most recently at the Appraisal Summit in Las Vegas. Fiona is a faculty member for the EMERGE Leadership Project and is a regular contributing author for NAR’s Appraisal Insight. Fiona has a background in commercial development and residential green building that spans twenty years.
Robbi Currey is a certified residential appraiser and accredited green appraiser and has been appraising residential and small income properties in the five central counties of Western Washington since 2003. She established her competency in high performance properties early on and was contracted under the Green Building Value Initiative, the 2007-2009 Cascadia region initiative to investigate the hypothesis of a premium for green. Robbi is a partner within SEEC LLC and co-manages its appraisal initiatives and trainings. She holds her WA Real Estate Instructor license as well as being a Certified Distance Education Instructor and has been instructing on green valuation topics since 2009. Her interest and education in alternative energy and sustainable building spans approximately 20 years and includes the national Sustainable Building Advisor certification. Robbi currently is serving as Subject Matter Expert to the Appraisal Practices Board on their Residential Green Building Valuation Guidances.
Program Description: The session will be presented by Fiona Douglas-Hamilton and Robbi Currey, principals of SEEC LLC and will explore the realities and future for advanced appraisals of passive house and net zero energy homes through three regional case studies. SEEC is considered one of the national leaders in the development of high performance home valuation education and case studies. Attendees will learn the latest thinking around high performance home valuation that is supported by The Appraisal
Program Description: The last 30-years have seen some significant changes in the technologies and techniques used in creating new commercial buildings. While this has included significant strides in the energy efficiency and performance of lighting systems, window glazing, building insulation, and HVAC equipment efficiencies, this has not translated to consistently high performing buildings. Typical new buildings are using nearly the same energy use per square foot as buildings built in the 1980s. This presentation seeks to demonstrate how it is possible to meet the ambitious goals of the 2030 Challenge in commercial buildings - Net Zero Energy by the year 2030. To do this we will present lessons from our experience auditing typical new buildings as well as from our
Aubrey Gewehr has been working on buildings since he was a kid growing up in the trades. After a long stint as a cabinetmaker he decided to pursue a career in renewable energy, went back to school, and earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Shifting focus to efficient mechanical systems and building load reduction, he has worked as a consulting mechanical engineer - designing high efficiency HVAC and plumbing systems. Currently technical sales engineer for Zehnder America he specializes in high performance energy recovery ventilation systems. Aubrey is a licensed professional engineer and a certified Passive House consultant.
Program Description: In an increasing market for multifamily - energy efficient - high performance building shells, efficient ventilation strategies become paramount in maintaining human health and comfort without sacrificing high level project such as Passivhaus Certification. So what is the best approach to creating a well-ventilated multifamily building? As with most issues in design, it depends… This workshop will discuss ventilation approaches to be considered from large central air handlers, to individual systems in each dwelling, to options in between. The pros and cons of several strategies will be presented with ample time to pose questions and debate methods. How important is distribution? Is heat recovery necessary? Should occupants have control? How much air is enough? These questions and more will be addressed through outlining general concepts and presenting case studies. Bring your own questions or a specific problem you are struggling with for discussion.
Tom Marseille, PE, MSME, Hon AIA, LEED BD+C, is Director for WSP Seattle and is Director of Sustainability for WSP USA. Mr. Marseille strives to deliver creative high performance building solutions to clients: solutions that are practical, maintainable and resource-responsible. Tom focuses on sustainable design consulting, HVAC design, delivery of best-in-class building performance outcomes, system simulation modeling, LCCA, capital asset assessment and planning, and renewable energy applications. Tom sits on the Cascadia Green Building Council Board of Directors and the Seattle Living Building Pilot Program TAG, was a past board member for the ILFI, and served on the Seattle Mayors Green Building Task Force.
Program Description: The United States Armed Forces have a colossal "boot print" in terms of real estate owned and buildings operated. They consume tremendous amounts of energy, and they are working hard on energy efficiency, renewable energy and high performance buildings. Here are some of the highlights: The US Navy, for example, is working aggressively to reach its goal of having 1 GigaWatt of renewable energy by the end of 2016. The DoD will invest approximately $1B in energy efficiency through performance contracting by the end of 2016. All of the services have adopted the LEED Rating Criteria, and several net zero buildings have been completed. The services are focused on missions, and this has led them to implement micro grid solutions at some bases. The micro grids will integrate distributed generation assets such as PV and on site power plants with building automation systems and industrial controls to provide power reliability, energy efficiency, and cyber security in order to support their missions. (this is an area where the DoD is leading, and therefore, I find this the most interesting.)
Skylar Swinford, Hammer & Hand: Skylar graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from Willamette University in 2007 and has worked in the high performance building industry since. Skylar is a CPHC, PHIUS+ Rater, and a BPI-certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and has played a key role in supporting Hammer & Hand's ongoing development as a leader in high performance building and Passive House praxis. This ranges from his work on highly visible projects like the Karuna House, Glasswood Commercial Passive House Retrofit, and Pumpkin Ridge House to the behind-the-scenes development of Hammer & Hand's quality assurance procedures that help guide the application of high performance building principles in the field.
Passive House Case Studies: By George Ostrow, Architect, Ryan Lurie, Builder – Roy Passivehaus, Robert Moore, Architect, Kenneth Dickey, Owner – Owl Haven Passive,Sloan Ritchie, Builder – View Haus 5