HRV and ERV for Passive House Applications

Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) and Energy Recovery Ventilation (HRV) for Passive House applications will provide information about how HRVs and ERVs play a central role in Passive House construction. Information will be provided to enable learners to achieve the following learning objectives: Describe the role of HRVs or ERVs in Passive House construction and how it contributes to energy-efficient design Identify how system components contribute to the performance of an…


The Building Blocks of Passive House Performance

In this introductory course you will learn about Passive House and how it fits with other sustainable initiatives in our efforts to mitigate the Climate Crisis. You will learn the building blocks of Passive House design How Passive House protocols deliver high performance Impacts of Passive House performance on occupants, communities – and the future of the planet Evidence Based Performance as a critical factor in achieving goals for the…


Entering the Electrification Frontier: The Tri-County Market for Heat Pump Water Heaters (Regional Forum)

California is investing $400 million dollars in the electrification market with the expectation for substantial market demand for electrifying water heating with heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) over the next 5 years. In the tri-county residential sector, water heating is the largest user of natural gas and HPWHs present a huge market opportunity for building professionals – especially contractors, distributors, and manufacturers. During this event, attendees will gain real-world understanding of…


Certified passive home in SLO has built-in efficiency

Article in "New Times San Luis Obispo" (SLO) written by Karen Garcia features Passive House California (PHCA) member Michael Horgan (Certified Passive House Consultant) and Hannah McKay (Certified Passive House Consultant) from CAIRIN Collaborative. In the quiet neighborhood adjacent to Bishop Peak, a small crew is constructing a home slated to be passive house certified. According to the Passive House Institute, this type of home or building is created for energy…


iPHA Q&A Session with PHI: Professional Certification and Training with Susanne Winkel

About The Webinar: Join the team from the International Passive House Association for their new series: iPHA Q&A with PHI! Once a month, Carl and Giorgia will sit down with experts from different departments at the Passive House Institute to hear about the work they do, what they offer and how you can make the most of those offerings! The sessions will include an introductory presentation, followed by a Q&A session where…


Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant (CPHD/C) Training

NAPHN’s Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course is the premier training program for Passive House building professionals. Supported by a 25+ year history of global technical leadership by the Passive House Institute, and over 7 years of successful American instruction, from Maine to California, by the Passive House Academy – this course is specifically designed to teach the international Passive House Standard (PHI) to American professionals making Passive House buildings in…


Zero Net Energy Case Study Homes in California, Volume 2

The new book “Zero Net Energy Case Study Homes” showcases all electric residential projects designed for Zero Net Energy and Zero Carbon. Three case study projects are passive house projects in California: • Passive House LA (PHLA+), Los Angeles • Perlita Passive House, Los Angeles • Sol Lux Alpha Apartments, San Francisco. The book is written by Edward Dean, FAIA with the foreword by Andrew McAllister, Commissioner of the California…


Advocates for efficient homes set a goal of building 1,000 units in Monterey County by 2030.

Article in the Monterey County Weekly features Sky Ranch Passive House written by Pam Marino, photo by Parker Seibold. When Jay Gentry was a young man he thought he was called to the ministry, but it didn’t quite work out as a career choice. Yet Gentry is a natural evangelist, and today he preaches but not from a pulpit. His message is about the need to combat the climate crisis through building…


Wildfires, COVID-19 and Passive House in California

Based on the great interest we noticed during the round table discussion “Passive House on the Frontlines: Wildfire Smoke & Indoor Air Quality” we would like to share the following two articles on this topic with you: “How Do You Sell a 'High-Performance Home?” by Lloyd Alter who is Design Editor for Treehugger “Keeping the Smoke Out” by Cameron Munro & Joel Seagren



Durability of Building Fabric Components and Ventilation Systems in Passive Houses

Wolfgang Feist & Rainer Pfluger & Wolfgang Hasper The passive house concept specifically improves insulation of exterior building components, utilization of passive solar gains, airtightness and heat recovery from ventilation air. Reducing also heat losses from thermal bridges, the energy balance is improved significantly resulting in net heating demands lower than 15 kWh/(m2a) which is less than one-tenth of the typical heating energy in the average of existing buildings. The…


Are the Energy Savings of the Passive House Standard Reliable? A Review of the As-built Thermal and Space Heating Performance of Passive House Dwellings from 1990 to 2018

David Johnston |  Mark Siddall |  Oliver Ottinger | Soeren Peper | Wolfgang Feist Abstract The Passive House (PH) standard is a voluntary quality assurance standard focused upon maximizing the health and wellbeing of occupants, whilst reducing space heating demand to a very low level. To meet the PH standard, well-defined criteria have to be met. However, given literature that suggests a ‘performance gap’ for energy savings, the question remains, how well…