Corkhaus – Albert and Eva’s Cork-Clad Condo
by Tad Everhart
Just shy of five years after Rob Hawthorne and Bart Berquist’s PDX Living LLC completed Corehaus, Portland’s first certified Passive House, Albert Rooks, owner of the Small Planet Workshop is nearing completion of his Corkhaus.
Albert has served on the board of directors of Passive House Northwest from its inception 5 years ago and provided incredible leadership within local, regional, and national passive house and green building communities including the NAPHN and the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild.
With this EnerPHIt (Passive House Institute’s deep energy retrofit standard), Albert is walking his talk. Both on energy consumption and green building.
Making the Move
Last year, Albert and Eva put their lovely countryside home up for sale. This is sad in a way because we could always count on Albert and Eva to host PHnw board of director meetings in a lovely, comfortable setting in a space big enough for our 13 directors. However, the sale liberated them. No longer must they drive daily into Olympia from the countryside. And it allowed them to downsize into a small condo.
Registration now open for the 10th Annual North America Passive House Conference in Chicago!
Earlybird discount through July 15
Leading policy makers, architects, builders, academics will present a chock-full program, with a special focus on multifamily affordable housing.
Pre-conference workshops: September 9-10, 2015
Core Conference: September 11-12, 2015
Hyatt Regency Chicago
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WUFI® Passive 3.0
Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) today announced release of WUFI® Passive 3.0 software, the most advanced passive house modeling tool on the market. With this major update, for the first time ever, a version of WUFI® Passive will be made available for download at no charge. The free version will enable users to model passive buildings for the purposes of design and PHIUS+ project certification.
Dr. Rob Dumont, Ph.D. - Passive House Pioneer
North American Passive House Pioneer Dr. Rob Dumont, Ph.D. passed away earlier this month in his hometown Saskatoon where he was famous for building several homes (including his own) which were warm all winter without a furnace. Mr. Dumont collaborated with Harold Orr on the Saskatchewan Conservation House in 1977.