2019 PHnw Annual Conference:10 Years of Building Beyond Zero
10 Years of Building Beyond Zero

February 28 & March 1, at the Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR

PHnw and the Pacific Northwest Passive House Community are proud to celebrate 10 years of hard work bringing Passive House buildings to our region! These efforts are more critical than ever before, and so we're excited to present our 10th Annual Conference!


Conference Flier (pdf)

Please see below for registration rates, and be sure to take advantage of both member discounts and early-bird pricing!

Conference Highlights:

  • Keynote Speaker Carly Coulson will discuss Invisible Sustainability: A design approach that exceeds 2030 targets by using integrated passive design and advanced energy modeling to create amazingly rich aesthetic spaces that are seamlessly high-performing. 
  • Keynote Speaker Kathie Dello, the Associate Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service, will speak to how Climate Change is affecting our region. 
  • Keynote Speaker Astronaut Michael López-Alegría will speak at the Special Thursday Dinner Event. López Alegría held the record for the longest spaceflight at 215 days and he has spent more time spacewalking than any American.  Come find out the R-Value of the wall assembly on the International Space Station and get a perspective of our planet that very few people have ever had. 
  • Our 10th Anniversary Conference!  We will have a retrospective of the amazing work of Passive House Northwest and salute the founders and members of the organization that continue to strive for high-performance buildings in a climate of code minimum standards. 
  • Participate in the Policy Track of presentations and panels that will discuss the cutting edge changes municipalities are implementing to combat climate change in our region & beyond! These plans will help reshape code language by reaching for Zero Carbon & Zero Energy proposals that could radically change our built landscape.
  • Very Special Thursday Night Dinner with keynote astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is available. Come find out the R-Value of the wall assembly on the International Space Station and get a perspective of our planet that very few people have ever had. 
  • Hosted at the Sentinel Hotel, one of Portland's most notable & beautiful hotels! Amazing rooms & spaces with historic architecture and a perfect downtown location for exploring one of the best urban areas in the country.  Bike the Green Loop, walk the Waterfront, or shop the Pearl—you will be at the center of it all! Click here to book your room at the special PHnw Conference rate.
     The last day to reserve room block rate is Tuesday, January 29, so reserve your room soon!  This rate includes all taxes and fees, and is actually the lowest rate available.

Who Will Be There?

  • Architects and designers
  • Builders and remodelers
  • Building products manufacturers and distributors
  • Real estate developers and appraisers
  • Energy consultants
  • Mechanical and electrical engineers
  • Home performance contractors
  • HVAC/Mechanical consultants
  • Renewable energy providers
  • Representatives of organizations that support the PH movement
  • And individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in learning more about PH!

The strength of this movement is based on the involvement and enthusiasm of people like you! We hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting and informative program 

  • Registration fees below cover the main conference: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Thursday, February 28th and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday, March 1st.   Workshops will be offered Thursday from 9:45 am –  12:00 pm with separate registration available.
  • A special Thursday Dinner with a keynote address by astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegría will be offered as a separate registration.
  • A Passive House Building Tour will be available on Saturday, March 2nd as an additional registration.
Registration Rates
Early Registration Ends February 18, 2019

Members: Early Registration


Members: Standard Registration


Members: Week-of Registration


Non-Members: Early Registration


Non-Members: Standard Registration


Non-Members: Week-of Registration


Continuing Education Credits
AIA Continuing Education credits for most of the Conference Presentations.
Continuing Education Credit registration is the attendees' responsibility.

Thank You, Sponsors!
2019 PHnw Annual Conference is brought to you through the support of our members and sponsors.


    Small Planet Supply            

   Mitsubishi Electric





Thursday Workshops:

Passive House 101: Just the Basics

Anyone interested in the Passive House protocol should attend this Passive House 101 workshop. We will go over the What, How and Where of Passive House in an easy and fun atmosphere. Bring your curiosity and questions as some of our most experienced Passive House practitioners lay out the basics and make themselves available to you."
2 hour event for $45


Exploring A Path To More Cost-Efficient, Energy-Efficient (Passive House) Affordable Housing, Mike Steffen, Walsh Construction

This is a detailed case study presenting an illustrated application of the Cost-Efficient Design and Construction (CEDC) Method and how it has been applied to several affordable housing projects in the Pacific Northwest. This idea has appropriately drawn lots of discussion in the industry, and this extended 2+ hour opportunity to get details, and have a lively conversation with Mike Steffen should not be missed by designers, developers, builders interested in the multi-family market.

2+ hour event for $45 


A Very Special Thursday Dinner:

The Very Special Thursday Night Dinner will be from 6:30 to 8:00p and will feature a keynote address from Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, a great proponent of Human Space Flight and of the continuous drive in the spirit of exploration. Commander Lopez-Alegria held the record for the longest spaceflight at 215 days and he has spent more time spacewalking than any American. Come find out the R-Value of the wall assembly on the International Space Station and get a perspective of our planet that very few people have ever had. 
$75 for members & $85 for Non-Members.
Includes Dinner, Drinks and a great networking opportunity!


Saturday Passive House Building Tour:

The Building Tour will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday, and we will visit 4-6 Passive House Projects in the area. Each location will be guided by the builder and/or architect and questions are encouraged. This is a great chance to get first-hand experience of completed and under construction Passive House projects and to talk to the designers and makers of these cutting edge buildings. 
Guided Tour includes a seat on a luxury charter bus and an awesome boxed lunch for $55.