April President’s Message

Spring delivers change, and true to this season, PHnw’s Board of Directors is evolving and growing.  Thank you, members, for voting, in which you unanimously elected the following new directors:

  • Zack Semke from Hammer and Hand (Seattle).  Zack’s title of ‘chief evangelist’ applies not only to his work at Hammer and Hand, but his efforts to promote Passive House.
  • Maren Longhurst from Sam Rodell Architects (Spokane).  Maren is a CPHC and augments the firm’s strong capacity and commitment to high-performance design.
  • Scott Kosmecki from Hinge Build Group (Portland).  Scott is the current president of the Portland Chapter of PHAUS and recently completed a speculative Passive House retrofit in Portland.
  • Tim Weyand from NK Architects (Seattle).  Tim is a principal and CEO at NK Architects, one of the Northwest’s leading champions of Passive House.
  • Beth Campbell from Birdsmouth Construction (Portland).  Beth is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, but dug into our Passive House community immediately, helping behind the scenes with both International Passive House Days and our recent conference.
  • David Posada from the University of Oregon (Portland).  Formerly with GBD Architects, David designed the Kiln in Portland, a 19-unit Passive House project.

These six directors and their experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm for Passive House will be a welcome addition to our Board.

You also voted to re-elect Alex Boetzel, Albert Rooks, Dan Whitmore, Tad Everhart, Graham Wright, Mike Steffen, and me, Michelle Jeresek.  We join incumbents Joe Giampietro, Jim Burton, Markus Kolb, Wayne Apostolik, and Josh Salinger for a stout head count of 18 directors.

Our Board’s evolution also includes the unfortunate loss of two directors, Joanne Olsen and Hayden Robinson, who have both made important contributions to PHnw.

  • Joanne initially volunteered for the important but unenviable role of keeping the Board minutes for more than two years before even joining the Board as a director in 2014.  Joanne will continue to support regional sustainable building efforts as a director with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.
  • Hayden merits special thanks for his role in founding PHnw.  In August 2009 he hosted Tad Everhart from Portland and Seattle Northwest EcoBuilding Guild members Jim Burton, Dan Whitmore, Wayne Apostolic, and Markus Kolb at his office where they first discussed founding a regional Passive House organization.  This group went on to formally found Passive House Northwest in 2010.  Hayden's deep commitment to Passive House is well-known, and he’ll continue his work with the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN).

Many thanks to these directors, past and present, who take time from busy schedules to volunteer because of a shared belief that - in order to meaningfully address climate change - buildings must be built better, and that the best pathway is Passive House.

Michelle Jeresek
President, Passive House Northwest