May Newsletter                                                                                                                           May 30, 2018     

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. ShiftBuilding: High Performance Mechanical Systems Clean Air and Hot Water
  3. NAPHN Conference + Expo 2018
  4. 13th Annual North American Passive House Conference
  5. Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification
  6. Become a CPHC - Apply for training now!

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May President's Message

Greetings PHNW members,

Our 2018 Spring Conference in Olympia was a fantastic event. I am always re-energized by being around so many passionate people working to create the best buildings and homes possible. I am also excited to be sharing my first letter with you as the new President of Passive House Northwest.

Before looking ahead, I must take a moment to look back and express my deep appreciation to Tim Weyand for his service and dedication to Passive House Northwest over the past two years as President. Under Tim’s leadership Passive House Northwest accomplished these incredible milestones:

  • Launched the 20 by 2020 Building Challenge with King County Green Tools, Housing Development Consortium, and The Bullitt Foundation
  • Co-founded Shift Zero, a zero net carbon building alliance
  • Sponsored the Ice Box Challenge in Seattle prior to the PHIUS conference
  • Produced one day workshops in Spokane, WA and Boise, ID

Tim - on behalf of all Passive House Northwest members, thank you!!

Thank you also to our past board members who are stepping down after so many years of amazing service and who are now moving into an Advisor role within Passive House Northwest. Our organization would not be where it is today without your endless dedication. Our new Advisors are: Albert Rooks, Graham Wright, Markus Barrera-Kolb, Maren Longhurst, and Michelle Jeresek.

I am very excited to welcome our brand new board members Brittany Porter and Dirk Larson. They are joining our returning and re-elected members: Alex Boetzel, Dan Whitmore, Joe Giampietro, Josh Salinger, Mike Steffen, Tad Everhart, Tim Weyand, Wayne Apostolik, Zack Semke, Sarah Gundermann (Treasurer), Scott Kosmecki (Secretary), Beth Campbell (Vice President), and Mike Fowler (President).

Our membership is strong and growing. Passive House Northwest has been able to take large strides forward with events and milestone accomplishments because of the active participation of our members.

Passive House recognition continues to grow locally and globally. The United Nations has outlined the critical role Passive House can play in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Together with similar Passive House organizations across the country and around the world, we will work to create zero net carbon buildings and homes.

As part of that work, last week Passive House Northwest submitted our very first energy code proposal to the state of Washington to improve airtightness in commercial buildings and within multifamily buildings to provide balanced heat recovery ventilation.

There is a lot more to come and to do as we keep working to create the best buildings and homes possible. I look forward to taking this journey with you!

Mike Fowler
Passive House Northwest

 ShiftBuilding: High Performance Mechanical Systems Clean Air and Hot Water

May 30, 2018 Bothell, WA
UW-Bothell and Cascadia College's Mobius Hall 12
:30- 5:30 pm

ShiftBuilding brings mechanical systems and construction professionals together to share and learn new applications that heat, clean air, and warm water more efficiently than ever before. Learn what these systems are doing to the building market today and where to find them at this symposium.

Featured speakers Shawn Oram of Ecotope and Skander Spies of McKinstry present two one-hour AIA accredited Learning Unit Sessions, also accepted as ASHRAE Professional Development Hour sessions. Together with workshop tracks by representatives, the sessions will connect you with information about products for high performance construction. Hear case studies from these experts and connect with UW students graduating into the mechanical engineering field. The event begins with a networking opportunity with trade associations and additional partners. Not to be missed, get the scoop on the future of green building May 30.

The Venue: UW-Bothell has a steadily growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. The event will be at Mobius Hall, adjacent to the UW Bothell Campus Campus. Readily available from downtown Seattle by public transit (ST 522).  The event will be in the afternoon from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, Passive House Northwest and our industry partners.

Order your tickets online at:

NAPHN Conference + Expo 2018

October 17-21, Pittsburgh, PA
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

This year’s North American Passive House Network annual conference will feature six exciting tracks:

1.    Policy, Building Codes, Zoning, and Climate Change
2.    Social Equity and Inclusion
3.    Retrofits
4.    Health & Wellness
5.    Solutions Using Passive House
6.    Innovations

13th Annual North American Passive House Conference!

Mark Your Calendars! September 19-23: Boston, MA
13 Annual North American Passive House Conference
This year’s conference theme is “Path to Zero.” See how individuals and communities across North America are advancing greater comfort, health, resilience, and carbon reduction in the built environment. Learn the latest in building science and technology, and network with fellow practitioners at the leading edge of this growing movement. Submit a paper by April 30th to share your story.
Sponsorships, exhibitors, and general registration now open; don’t miss the early bird discounts.

PHIUS+ 2018 Pilot now open    
The draft 2018 PHIUS+ Standard was developed to more accurately reflect the variety and nuance of project types and size across climate zones, and the relationship between envelope and floor area. Visit the PHIUS+ 2018 page to read technical documentation, estimate conditioning targets, and submit your project to the pilot program.  Passive House Alliance members can access an online forum to review and post comments on the Standard.

Using PHPP in Passive House Design and Certification

Peel School of Passive House is a leading provider of Passive House training courses. We have spent countless hours refining our courses to provide you with high quality material that will advance your Passive house knowledge and skills quickly and efficiently.

In this online course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations. Proper documentation will also be covered in detail. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification.

Registration: For further details and to register, visit:

Become a CPHC - Apply for training now!

PHIUS-trained CPHC® are leading the adoption of passive building from coast to coast by designing and building quality-assured projects across all of North America's varied climate zones. Join a robust community of passive building practitioners and register for CPHC training today!

NEW! Starting in May 2018, Phase I—the online training component—is available anytime! You can complete the (roughly) 40 hrs. of class work at your convenience; it'll take about four weeks.

Phase II also offered in the following PNW-proximate locations:
San Francisco, June 25 – 29
Rocky Mountain Institute, Basalt CO: August 13 – 17 

Apply & register here!

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