November Newsletter                                                                                                                November  30, 2015       

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. New York Passive House’s New Resource
  3. PHnw7 Conference Dates and Location Announced
  4. Big Building Breakthroughs
  5. CanPHI West Offers Variety of Passive House trainings
  6. Building Carbon Net Zero California
  7. Achieving 80% carbon reductions by 2050 – NAPHN 2016 Conference & Expo


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  • December 11-12: High Performance Building Envelopes (Portland, WA)

  • March 10-11:  PHnw7 Conference (Stevenson, WA)

  • June 13 & 14: NAPHN 2016 Conference & Expo (New York City)


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November President's Message

Cliched or not, this time of year leaves us reflecting and expressing thanks.  In our shared pursuit of carbon reduction, we are all likely grateful for recent progress, like the definitive rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, and locally for Portland’s leaders' unanimous support of a resolution to oppose any local expansion of new fossil fuel storage and transport. These victories and others are important, as we concurrently learn the troubling (though not surprising) news that global carbon dioxide concentrations have surpassed 400ppm.

In the face of much troubling news regarding climate change, I’m grateful too, to be involved in PHnw, one of the few Passive House organizations in the U.S. to set politics and past disagreements aside in order to work together in shared promotion of low-energy-load buildings.  This ‘big tent’ approach that supports both the Passive House Institute and PHIUS means that PHnw can better support our members in their efforts to design and build passive buildings.

In the coming days, members will receive a request by email to vote to amend PHnw’s Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation to formalize this stated intent to be a ‘big tent’ organization.  The amendments are required because, when PHnw was formed in 2010, there was one standard, 'the Passive House standard', which our Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation name. As our industry has evolved to include alternate passive house methodologies, the limiting wording of 'the Passive House standard' creates an unintended bias in our organization, favoring the Passive House Institute (PHI, Germany). This bias is inconsistent with our expressed intent to be a 'big tent' organization. Therefore, the Board proposes a revision to omit the bias and to broaden the language in order to acknowledge other legitimate passive house approaches, such as those put forth by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS).

I believe the differences between PHI and PHIUS (and their pathways to Passive House) merit discussion and constructive discourse, but not division, in PHnw.  An inclusive PHnw best reflects our shared purpose to promote high-performance building design and construction using passive design strategies.  If you have any questions regarding the forthcoming vote to amend PHnw’s Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, please reach out to any of the directors, or email [email protected]

Onward -

Michelle Jeresek

President, PHnw

New York Passive House’s New Resource
By Tad Everhart

For the 12th Annual International Passive House Days, New York Passive House hosted the public at 28 open Passive Houses throughout the New York region.

And NYPH opened even more Passive Houses to viewers through its new, free e-book, New York Passive House - 2015, featuring 24 Passive Houses, the project teams who created them, and the manufacturers of some of the special components needed for Passive House performance.

Read more here...

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!

Big Building Breakthroughs
By Tad Evehart

Lest the fall rains dampen your enthusiasm, there are huge developments within the Passive House world---especially if you look globally.

Four recently caught my attention.

First, when you think of big Passive House, it’s fair to look to a big city like New York and its Cornell Tech 26-story Passive House tower.  However, you need not look so far away.  

By year’s end, Arnold Development Group plans to break ground on a 275-unit Passive House apartment project to be completed in 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Read more here...

CanPHI West Offers Variety of Passive House Trainings
By Tad Everhart

The Province of British Columbia awarded a substantial grant to CanPHI West in order to support Passive House education. 

CanPHI West is offering a variety of trainings this fall through February include the Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer training.  CanPHI West has provided other trainings including the Tradesperson/Builder training, and may offer them again in the spring.

Read more here...

Building Carbon Net Zero California
By Tad Everhart

Passive House California just wound up its fourth successful Carbon New Zero conference; this one hosted by the City of Palo Alto. 

PHCA President Bronwyn Barry started the day by welcoming an enthusiastic audience of 250 registered guests.

Following Bronwyn, City of Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman also welcomed us and explained the City’s various initiatives to reduce emissions.

Read more here...

 Achieving 80% Carbon Reductions By 2050
NAPHN 2016 Conference & Expo

Save the dates: June 13 and 14, 2016 in New York City

The 3rd Annual North American Passive House Network Conference & Expo will be June 13th and 14th, 2016, in New York City.

Featuring state-of-the-art building strategies, components, and professional development necessary for us to achieve 80% carbon emissions reductions by 2050, the #1 public policy goal of our time.

The conference will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY.

Read more here...

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