Exterior Shading Devices | Passive House

In most of California’s climate zones it makes sense to select and position shading devices can have significant impact on comfort and energy consumption. Taking advantage of solar heat gain (SHG) in winter can significantly reduce heating demand, while minimizing SHG in the warmer months can moderate cooling demand and avoid overheating. The presentation will: Share results of studies showing the most effective ways to employ solar shading Review differences…


Communicating the Value of High-Performance

There are many professionals associated with the building industry (architects, engineers, builders, jurisdiction personnel, etc.) who recognize and support the high-performance of Passive House — but find it difficult to successfully communicate the value of high-performance to others who are not familiar with the benefits of Passive House principles. This presentation and Q & A will focus on ways to persuasively communicate the logic of choosing high-performance for the design…


Passive House Multi-Family – Good for All is Good for One

How Passive House Qualities Benefit both Occupants & Owners Target Audience:  Building owners, developers, code reviewers, planning officials and design professionals interested in learning about the benefits of integrating passive house principles into larger multi-family or mixed-use projects. In this session, the link between occupant satisfaction and owner satisfaction will be established.  Given the importance of occupant satisfaction, particularly in the multi-family residential sector, Owners should consider how they can…


Passive House and Embodied Carbon in Building Materials

While traditionally focused on operational carbon, Passive House is increasingly addressing embodied emissions. Experts from the Passive House Network will provide an overview of Passive House principles and design relating to issues and concepts of embodied carbon, building materials that address issues of embodied carbon and meet Passive House standard, and how Passive House is tackling embodied carbon in new calculation tools. This is a previously recorded lecture presented by…


Passive House & Resilient Design in the Face of Fire

Fire has always been a normal part of the west but with climate change and ever-expanding built environments our homes and cities are increasingly vulnerable. Firewise design strategies have been based on years of research on wildlands urban interface and home design with promising results. With the advent of Passive House design strategies the multiplier of energy effect practices have translated well beyond just energy savings and comfort but as…


“Evidence-based Performance” A Webinar for Building Industry Professionals

“The greatest trend we see today in constructing or renovating sustainable buildings is the movement toward evidence-based performance." Presentation Overview It is time to move beyond wanting to do the right thing to having the tools to ensure success in creating advanced buildings. The building industry’s fundamentals have not changed: Reach the finish line on time, on budget, and with no surprises — then manage in order to maximize revenue/profit, minimize…




Passive House Buildings in Canada: Transforming How We Build

Passive House has taken root in Canada! Passive House Buildings in Canada: Transforming How We Build showcases more than 50 outstanding projects of every type and size. From British Columbia to Nova Scotia designers, builders, and consultants are relying on the Passive House approach to deliver highly efficient and comfortable commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. Company headquarters, community housing retrofits, student dorms with commercial kitchens, stunning single-family homes—the range of building…


Passive House Buildings | Climate-Conscious Building: Retrofit Revolution

Existing buildings are too often significant carbon emitters. Deep energy retrofits represent a large market opportunity that is slowly but increasingly gaining attention. In New York the exact size of that market is being pinned down as part of ongoing efforts to industrialize multifamily retrofits through NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY initiative. A parallel effort led by the Rocky Mountain Institute is tackling a pilot multifamily retrofit in Boston. In Canada three large-scale…


Net Zero Energy Buildings, Passive House + Renewable

This book by the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is intended to inform and inspire. Net Zero is a catch phrase with great emotional power, but too often prioritizes power production over demand reduction and effectively puts the cart before the horse, providing less than satisfactory results. This book demonstrates a better way.


Passive House Buildings 2018

For those designing, renovating, building, or consulting on a Passive House project, the Spring 2018 issue of Passive House Buildings is essential reading, capturing the state of the art in Passive House developments in North America. From ever-larger Passive House high-rises to commercial-building retrofits to single-family homes in challenging climates, each project featured in this issue delivers insights that can be applied and reapplied.