Are We Measuring the Same Thing? HERS & Passive House

Are We Measuring the Same Thing? How HERS and Passive House Provide Different Answers to Different Questions. The “Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is a nationally recognized metric for residential energy efficiency that’s integral to numerous government programs and financial incentives. Yet the HERS results of Passive House buildings leave practitioners scratching their heads, as powerful Passive House Performance levers sometimes barely budge the HERS needle. To demystify their…


Passive House SB9 & ADUs in CA’s Milder Climates

Passive House design is becoming increasingly popular in Southern California due to its focus on energy efficiency, making it a leading example of high-performance design and construction in the region. Passive House protocols provide homeowners improved comfort, indoor air quality, and resilience to extreme weather, fires, smoke, and power outages, as well as a more durable home that consumes less energy. Join us to discover the implications of California’s SB9…


“17 Mile Haus: A Passive House Design Journey”

Passive House design is receiving heightened interest across the country due to growing awareness of the impact of buildings on carbon emissions. This presentation will look at how Passive House is applicable here in California, using a project located on Pebble Beach’s storied 17 Mile Drive. Join us to learn about the evolution of this design, the details that support how it performs, plus a look at the impact of the…


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…