December Newsletter                                                                                                  December 21, 2017      

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. Save the Date! PHnw 2018 Conference
  3. Courses with Adam Cohen
  4. CertiPHIers Flixo Training 
  5. A Window on the Future - Workshop for High Performance Windows
  6. Heat3 Course in Toronto
  7. ZNCBA Coordinator - Part Time Position
  8. PHPP Illustrated

Upcoming Events

 Spring Conference March 29th and 30th

Upcoming Trainings

Delivering High Performance at Market Rate 

Designing and Building a Successful Design/Build Business 

Flixo Course – Model Thermal Bridges for High Performance Buildings

Heat3 Course in Toronto


If you aren't a member of PHnw, please  join us!

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December President's Message

Season’s Greetings!

As a cold snap grips the country and heating bills come due, the allure of passive house buildings becomes clear.  Warm in winter, cool in summer, efficient, efficient, efficient – passive house buildings warm our bodies and our spirits and are easy on our bank accounts.

This year saw great leaps for the passive house standard, and Passive House Northwest ends the year with an impressive list of triumphs.  In addition to welcoming new members to the PHnw family and beginning a new partnerships with the Zero Net Carbon Building Alliance and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, we presented two highly successful conferences.

Our Spring conference in Olympia was a huge success with vendors from across the region showing off their new techniques and technologies and speakers providing informative and interesting presentations.  We enjoyed great sponsors who were excited to participate in our conference and support the passive house standard. We also presented a second conference east of the Cascades, this year in Boise!  This well-attending event featured a discount to non-members and introduced many new people to the passive house standard, including key City of Boise representatives.

These events were successful, and our year was successful, because of our membership.  Knowing there are so many people out there dedicated to elevating the idea of what a building and and should be keeps our organization going.  Thank you!

Please join us for another great year of Passive House Northwest by renewing your membership today, and marking your calendars now for the upcoming annual conference in Olympia.

Tim Weyand
Passive House Northwest

Save the Date - 2018 PHnw Conference

The ninth annual Passive House Northwest conference will be held March 29th and 30th, at the Hotel RL in Olympia, Washington.

Please watch your inboxes for more information coming soon!

Courses with Adam Cohen

Nationally recognized as a leader in the Passive House movement, Adam Cohen’s leadership in commercial Passive House design has made him a highly sought-after speaker, consultant, and teacher of advanced courses in Passive House ultra-low energy design and construction. His expertise has been featured at conferences and educational events around the world.

Adam Cohen Course Credits:

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 24 LU/HSW
  • PHIUS: 12 Continuing Education Credits DB Business
  • American Institute  of Architects (AIA): 14 Learning Units

Delivering High Performance at Market Rate

When: Tuesday January 23rd - Thursday January 25th, 2018
Where: Stimson-Green Mansion (Seattle, WA)

Read more here.

Designing and Building a Successful Design/Build Business

When: Wednesday January 31st - Thursday February 1st, 2018
Where: Earth Advantage classroom (Portland, OR)

Read more here.

CertiPHIers Flixo Training

Flixo Course – Model Thermal Bridges for High Performance Buildings

When: Friday Jan 19 – Saturday Jan 20, 2018
Where: NK Architects, 310 1st Avenue South, Suite 4S, Seattle, WA 
Course Times:  9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Register here

Course limited to first 16 registered.  Course offered in Vancouver, BC on following Monday and Tuesday, Jan 22-23.

When: Friday, Jan 22 – Saturday, Jan 23, 2018
WhereSmall Planet Supply, 105 - 334 East Kent Avenue South Vancouver, BC, V5X 4N6 Canada
Course Times: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Register here

Course limited to first 16 registered.

In this 2-day course, participants will explore thermal bridge modeling using Flixo to be able to understand the impact of design details on the energy performance of High Performance Buildings/ Passive House Buildings.  We will first cover the concepts and protocols for thermal bridge modeling. Then, participants will have the opportunity to model several common thermal bridge types using Flixo, with guidance from the instructors.  By the end of the course, participants will have completed at least two thermal bridge models.

Read more here.

A Window on the Future - Workshop for High-Performance Windows

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 2pm-6pm - Hear from our Panel of Envelope Professionals and Window Vendors. Then join the collaborative conversations to crystalize what you learn.

The Wood Technology Center of Seattle Central Community College 2310 South Lane Street, Seattle, WA

Windows hold a key place in our homes and work places as they connect us to the outdoors, illuminate our daily life and protect us from heat and cold.  How are thermal comfort, solar gain, cold air drafts, and heat loss managed by the physics of glazing, glass coatings, window frame design and window installation?  Learn from major window companies how to plan and design for the future of your living space and whether you need new windows or want to restore and improve existing windows. Get a new outlook for your Window on the Future.


A Professional from RDH Building Sciences present the principles of achieving high performance windows.

Evan Anderson, ZOLA Windows, Senior Project Manager & Head of Pacific Northwest Division

Craig Maierhofer, ALPEN Windows, Vice President of Business Development

Patrick McMahon, SIGA Cover Inc., SIGA Sales Manger Western North America

Participation encouraged! Contribute your questions, creativity and knowledge.

To reserve a spot go to:

$19  in advance or $29 at the door; Register to ensure admission.

More on our website: ; Talk with us on NW EcoBuilding Guild’s Facebook page.

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Heat3 Course in Toronto

As building codes across North America gradually tighten requirements on the building envelope performance, the importance of mitigating thermal bridging is increasing.  For instance, in the soon to be released update to the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB), the thermal bridge effect of structural penetrations, shelf angles, anchors, and ties, among other elements, can no longer be ignored.

Dates: Monday Feb 12 to Tuesday Feb 13, 2018
Venue: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Time: 9AM-5PM

For further course details and to register, visit our website.

ZNCBA Coordinator - Part Time Position

The Zero Net Carbon Buildings Alliance (ZNCBA) immediately seeks a qualified professional to fill a part-time coordinator role. ZNCBA is a member-led organization with the mission to fight climate change by rapidly scaling up the adoption of Zero Net Carbon buildings. ZNCBA does this by:
  • Forming a collective voice to advocate on behalf of Zero Net Carbon Buildings in Washington state
  • Influencing policymakers at local, regional and state levels
  • Uniting with frontline communities who are disproportionately harmed by climate change

ZNCBA has more than twenty members in Washington state, including human services organizations, environmental nonprofits, and architecture and green building firms, all united in the need for better policy and tools to support zero net carbon buildings. ZNCBA is currently fiscally-sponsored by the NW Energy Coalition, but is led by a Steering Committee of members.

This is a temporary contract position of up to 20 hours a week through December 2018. Additional funding could extend by the timeframe or increase the weekly hours.


PHPP Illustrated, 2nd ed.

By Tad Everhart

PHPP is a powerful design tool for creating high-performance buildings because it calculates the energy balance transparently and accurately.  

And PHPP Illustrated is an essential companion.

This resource helps anyone learning to use PHPP or mastering it.  Even expert users will want a copy to confirm their understanding---and to help them quickly guide less-experienced users with clear textual explanations and beautiful illustrations.

Read more here.

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