June Newsletter                                                                                                     June 21, 2016      

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. NAPHC2016 Keynotes
  3. Call for Project Photos
  4. Applications for Summer Session CHPC Training
  6. NAPHN 2016 Conference
  7. PHIUS+ Certified & Pre-Certified Projects Surpass 1 Million SF Milestone

Upcoming Events

  • June 22: Dr. Kara Rosemeier (Portland)
  • June 23: Dr. Kara Rosemeier (Seattle)


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June President's Message


In late May, PHnw Board of Directors held our annual day-long retreat, at which we recap the Spring conference, consider the year ahead, and re-visit board positions.  At this meeting, Michelle Jeresek concluded her tenure as president. We are all grateful for Michelle's direction and fortitude over the last year; the organization today is stable and strong and poised for growth and even higher impact. I'm humbled to have been elected to take the reins from Michelle and delighted she is staying on as board secretary. I look forward to supporting the organization and our members.  In other officer positions, Graham Wright stepped down as vice-president, and Josh Salinger (Birdsmouth Construction) has replaced him, Albert Rooks remains treasurer.

During the retreat, the Board also deliberated about the committees needed to best support the organization's mission of promoting Passive House, and concluded that we should add a Policy Committee. Zack Semke, of Hammer and Hand, volunteered to chair the Policy Committee, and we look forward to having Zack's energy in advocating for Passive House at our region's various agencies and NGO's. Albert Rooks will continue to chair our Events Committee, and Markus Barrera-Kolb will chair our Communications Committee. 

Last week, the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) held its annual conference in New York city. Passive House Northwest is a member organization, and this year Tad Everhart and I attended as delegates. This year 850 attendees made it the largest yet Passive House conference in North America, underscoring the conference message, "Passive House Accelerates!".  Twenty-five content sessions and nine projects were presented over two days and were grouped into six tracks: Policy, Resilience, Systems, Quality Control, Residential and Commercial. In addition to all the excellent conference substance, it was wonderful to hear from the NYC Mayors Office that energy demand reduction from passive design strategies will be critical to meeting their 80/50 goal of 80% carbon reduction by 2050. See below in this newsletter for more detail from the conference.

I see an exciting year ahead, as we extend our outreach efforts to a wider community, geographically, digitally, and politically: Events is already planning our second annual conference to be held in Spokane in the fall, Communications is focused on tuning up the website for greater utility, and Policy is mapping the political landscape and crafting key messages. Your thoughts on any of the above are of course always welcome - send us an email at [email protected].

Looking forward -

Tim Weyand
President, PHNW

NAPHC2016 Keynotes to Feature Zachary Semke of Hammer & Hand, Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation


Zachary Semke, Director of Business Development & Chief Evangelist at Hammer & Hand, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 11th Annual North American Passive House Conference (NAPHC) on the first day of core conference Friday, September 23, 2016 in Philadelphia. Joe Lstiburek, Principal at Building Science Corporation, will deliver the technical keynote on the second day of core conference Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Semke's address "On Buildings, Swans, and the Power of Arithmetic" kicks off two days of core conference presentations covering multiple tracks including the most exciting large-scale multifamily passive buildings in the country as well as climate-specific strategies for achieving the PHIUS+ Passive Building Standard. Lstiburek's address will feature the latest updates on the perfect wall for all climates.

The core conference will be accompanied by optional pre-conference technical workshops fromSeptember 21-22, 2016 and a tour of Philly-area passive projects on September 25, 2016.

Register today to take advantage of Early Bird rates through June 30, 2016, and be sure to book your hotel at NAPHC-exclusive rates for a limited time only.

Call for Project Photos

Do you have a Passive House project? Share it!
PHnw is looking for pictures of Passive House projects to include on our website.  If you would like to share your project on our rotating slide show, please email your picture to [email protected].

Now Accepting Applications for Summer Session CPHC Training in Chicago

Registration is now open for CPHC training at the PHIUS Office in downtown Chicago from Wednesday, July 27 - Sunday, July 31, 2016.

The virtual instruction portion of the training consisting of 8 three-hour online sessions will be offered from June 27 - July 26, 2016. Sessions will no longer be held live, instead participants will be able to view presentations at their own pace. In-class training will be in a smaller setting for firsthand instruction from PHIUS Certification Manager Lisa White in Chicago July 27-31, 2016. The CPHC Exam will be offered from 1:00-5:00pm on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Registration for the exam is separate from training registration and can be accessed here. Participants are eligible for 32 GBCI CEU (32 AIA HSW). Please note: You must apply for admission and be accepted by PHIUS before registering and paying for the course. 

Here's your chance to join a robust community of passive building industry leaders across North America. Spots are limited, so Register for CPHC training today!

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU - active ventilation in a Passive House

Dr. Rosemeier will navigate from the why's to the how's of residential ventilation: Why ventilate? The significance of moisture and air contaminants in homes. Why are windows not the tool of choice? The necessity of a force for continuous air exchange and good air mixing. Why airtightness first? Why heat recovery?

For additional details, please click HERE.

NAPHN 2016 Conference

Last week the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) annual conference was held in New York City, and Tim Weyand, PHnw's new president, and Tad Everhart, our past secretary, were among the attendees. NAPHN attracts owners, designers, builders, suppliers, lenders, and policymakers of all things Passive House, who want to learn the latest techniques, innovations, and policy changes affecting the industry. It's also the conference where NAPHN network organization board members convene to set the NAPHN annual agenda. PHnw is one of the NAPHN member organizations.

What were some of the takeaways? Passive House is accelerating in the US, particularly in the Northeast and Northwest. Seeing how PH is catching on, including what's on the horizon for policy and new large projects, drives home the importance of committing to Passive House as a professional strength and differentiator. It's certainly conceivable that there won't be enough trained CPHCs in America this time next year.

Read more here

PHIUS+ Certified & Pre-Certified Projects Surpass 1 Million SF Milestone

PHIUS+ Certified and Pre-Certified projects now total more than 1 million square feet across 1,200 units nationwide. The cost-optimized PHIUS+2015 Standard is spurring new growth in passive buildings from coast to coast, with the most significant gains coming from the multifamily housing sector. 

Projects are designated as Pre-Certified once the building design and energy model have been verified by the PHIUS certification team as meeting the requirements of the PHIUS+ Passive Building Standard. The building achieves final certification once the PHIUS+ Rater/Verifier performs QA/QC onsite verification at the end of construction.

The PHIUS+2015 Passive Building Standard released by Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) in 2015 is the only passive building standard on the market based upon climate-specific comfort and performance criteria, and the only passive building standard that requires onsite QA/QC for certification. Developed in cooperation with Building Science Corporation under a US Department of Energy grant, the PHIUS+2015 standard targets the sweet spot between investment and payback to present an affordable solution to achieving the most comfortable and cost-effective building possible for a given location. Buildings designed and built to this standard perform 60-85% better (depending on climate zone and building type) on an energy consumption basis when compared with traditional construction.

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