January Newsletter                                                                                                January 21, 2016      

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. PHnw Annual Conference
  3. PHIUS Training
  4. Ireland Makes 2!
  5. "The Height of Efficiency"
  6. Passive House Resources
  7. Nominations Committee


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January President's Message

Happy new year!  2016 is off to a busy start for Passive House Northwest, with much to report.

First, thank you to our members for voting on the proposed amendments to both our Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.  Thirty members voted (these members include small and large businesses, which are currently allotted a single vote per business): 29 voted for the amendments, and one voted against.  With that feedback, the Board of Directors will vote to ratify the Bylaws at our January 25 meeting, and will file the amendments to our Articles of Incorporation.

Too, with members' broad support for formalizing our unique big tent approach, the Board will also revisit proposed changes to PHnw's mission statement, which currently refers to the Passive House standard (considered by most to mean only Passive House International's standard) and thereby has the same unintended bias you voted to omit.  Well keep you posted on progress.

Looking ahead, PHnw's annual conference nears!  Mark your calendars for March 10-11, and join us at Portland's Ambridge Center for Building a Carbon Zero Northwest, the 2016 Passive House Northwest Conference, Workshops, and Tradeshow.  Registration is open, and we've issued a call for presentations (see below).  Those who have attended in the past know we always have an exceptional roster of presenters and topics.  I hope we'll see you there!

The upcoming conference has me remembering my first PHnw conference.  It was March 18, 2011, at Evergreen College in Olympia.  Martin Holiday gave a provocative keynote address, highlighting what he saw as Passive Houses shortcomings.  But for me, the biggest promotion of Passive House - albeit unintended - had just happened an ocean away.  A week earlier on March 12, following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the Fukushima nuclear power plant failed, resulting in reactor meltdowns and release of radioactive materials.  Second only to Chernobyl in severity, this profound nuclear disaster was the result of a search for alternate energy.  Its a reminder that, while conservation isnt the sexiest concept, its almost always the smartest.

Michelle Jeresek
President, PHnw

Registration is Open for PHNW's Conference 'Building a Carbon Zero Northwest'
Passive House: Maximum Comfort Minimum Energy
2016 Passive House Northwest Conference, Workshops, and Tradeshow

Passive House Northwest is proud to present Building a Carbon Zero Northwest', the premier passive house conference in the Pacific Northwest.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to connect with industry professionals and to learn more about Passive House buildings, techniques, and materials. 
Register today and join us at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland, March 10-11, 2016!



Call for Presentations

Building Carbon Zero Northwest
Passive House:  Maximum Comfort, Minimum Energy
The 2016 Passive House Northwest Conference, Tradeshow, and Workshops

The seventh annual Passive House Northwest conference and tradeshow will be held March 10-11 at the Ambridge Center in Portland, Oregon.
Passive House Northwest is seeking advanced-level presentations on high-performance building topics. Please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Proposed titles and abstracts as PDF or Word documents (125 words maximum)
  • Four learning objectives of your proposed presentation

The submittal deadline is Monday, January 25, 2016.  Presenters will receive discounted registration for the conference.




PHIUS Certified Builder Training in Portland, Oregon
February 5-6 and 11-12

Superinsulation, air-tight envelopes, high-performance window installation, site management, component sourcing--passive house construction presents special challenges to builders. The PHIUS Builders Training program prepares construction professionals to meet the passive house challenge.

Dan Whitmore, Mike Kernagis and Adam Cohen--who have built 20 successful passive house projects between them--have developed the curriculum. It runs from an introduction to design theory and climate-specific detailing to materials, techniques, project management and quality assurance.

The course offers real-world experience in the on-site implementation of passive house as well as counseling and advice to both the practical and business concerns specific to passive house. The course covers not only craftsmanship, but also focuses on the risks and liability to the passive house contractor and guidance in both problem solving and (more importantly) problem avoidance.

For more information and registration, click here.


Ireland Makes 2!  Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown district mandates Passive House

By Tad Evehart

All new houses in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown district on the South side of Dublin must meet the Passive House Standard reports Image magazine.

Read more here...

"The Height of Efficiency:" Atlantic magazine features Conrell Tech Passive House Tower
By Tad Everhart

Passive House reached a new audience with the Atlantic magazine in its January/February 2016 issue.

The tower is covered with superinsulated wall panels ranging from 6 to 11 thick.  The Atlantics coverage includes photos of workers attaching the first panels as well as a diagram of how the 36 long panels are installed. 

Read more here...

Passive House Resources
By Tad Everhart

Passive House + magazine serves readers in Ireland, the UK, and the rest of the world with 6 issues per year and frequent web updates.  The e-subscription is a great value at $15/year, but now, all back issues are free.  PHP announced that it will limit access to subscribers for two months, and then make all issues free.


Passive New York City is a free guide for developers by NYCs Building Energy Exchange (BEEx) available at no cost.  In 28 well-organized and illustrated pages, BEEx provides an overview of Passive House, a survey of governments adoption/support, lists of certified and uncertified New York Passive Houses, comparison of standards, and lists of a variety of resources.

Read about additional resources here...

PHnw Nominations Committee

The 2016 Nominations Committee has been appointed and a Board of Directors election has been scheduled for March 20, 2016.  This committee includes Tad Everhart, Joe Giampietro, and Josh Salinger.

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