October Newsletter                                                                                                                October 28, 2015       

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. Getting to Zero Event
  3. International Passive House Days
  4. 2015 PHIUS Passive Projects Competition Winners
  5. A Review of Rolf Jacobson's Book
  6. PHCA Conference- Building Carbon Zero
  7. Sustainable Homes Professional Course


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October President's Message

On Sept 26, the Passive House Northwest (PHNW) Board of Directors met for a scheduled in-person meeting. Thirteen of the current fourteen directors attended [Michelle Jeresek (President), Graham Wright (Vice President), Albert Rooks (Treasurer), Tad Everhart (Secretary), Josh Salinger, Joe Giampietro, Mike Steffen, Wayne Apostolic, Jim Burton, Hayden Robinson, Dan Whitmore, Markus Kolb, and Joanne Olsen (electronically)].

The primary agenda focus was a proposal originally made on April 24: the alteration of the current Mission Statement, primarily to remove specific reference to the 'Passive House standard' (as defined by the Passive House Institute), which would facilitate broadened support of other passive building organizations (e.g. PHIUS).

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This Friday October 30th, learn how Brussels met 2030 goals by 2015 without compromising its economy or great design.

5pm at The Kitchen by Delicatus (309 1st Avenue S., Seattle)

In 2007, at the time a city of sub-standard building practices, Brussels set out to build buildings that were very low-energy, economical, and beautiful: dubbed “Exemplary Buildings”. In the following eight years the number of Exemplary Buildings grew and the market was transformed. The Passive House standard went from being a novelty, to a building code mandate in 2015. Essential to this revolution were the efforts of architect Sebastian Moreno-Vacca and his firm A2M. The talents and influence of A2M are not limited to Brussels. Among other Passive House projects, the company is working on the Belgian Embassy in Kinshasa Congo and New Yorkers will be able to experience an A2M Passive House directly with a new retrofit project, a design center in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

Contact Leah Libow to Reserve your Spot!

PHnw7 Conference Dates and Location Announced

The dates and location for our annual conference - PHNW7 - have been selected:  March 10-12 at Skamania Lodge.  Yes, our next conference will an exciting deviation from past conferences:  we’ll head up the Columbia River for an industry retreat in a spectacular setting.  Mark your calendars - you won’t want to miss it!

12th Annual International Passive House Days Open House Tours: November 13-15, 2015
By Tad Everhart

The 12th annual International Passive House Day Tours are November 13 - 15 (Friday-Sunday). Please join the world’s premier Passive House outreach and public education event. 

Passive House supporters worldwide will join in promoting Passive House with the same message: Passive House is the basis for a sustainable energy future, combining superior user comfort and healthy indoor environments with minimal energy use.

Please help us raise awareness by opening your Passive Houses to the public. 

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2015 PHIUS Passive Projects Competition Winners

Tom Bassett-Dilley (CPHC) and Brandon Weiss (Certified Builder) of the Passive House Alliance Chicago announce the winners of the 2015 Passive Building Project Competition! 

The competition recognized project teams and projects that exemplify best passive building practices and accelerate adoption of passive building in the North American marketplace.

Our thanks to our volunteer judges:  John McCreery, Mary Rogero, Laura Briggs, Jonathan Knowles and Katrin Klingenberg, all CPHCs.

Winners were announced at the opening of the exhibit hall at the 10th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Chicago, September 10, 2015.

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Rolf Jacobson’s Performance of 8 Cold-Climate Envelopes for Passive Houses: A Great Passive House Textbook in a Slim Volume
By Tad Evehart

Every once and awhile, you find a great book you wish you’d discovered earlier. In 2011, Rolf Jacobson published his master’s thesis. I wish I’d read it then. The world is richer for it.

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Building Carbon Zero – Palo Alto – November 13 & 14

Passive House California builds on its successful Carbon Zero series of collaborations with local governments. This year with Palo Alto hosting the Building Carbon Zero conference on the International Passive House Days, November 13th and 14th.

Just about the time we’ll be getting our first rain storms, you could take part in PHCA’s first Pedalhaus, touring local Passive Houses by bike (in the sun) on Saturday, the 14th.

It will be a nice break for your brain after Friday’s idea-packed agenda.

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$125 Discount for PHNW Members!

Date: Starts Oct. 16 & 17
Location: Earth Advantage in Portland, OR
CEs: AIA, BPI, CCB & more

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