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NY14 Passive House Conference Announces Speakers

A climate change scientist whose work helped earn the Nobel Prize in 2007 will open the conference on June 17

Posted on May 16 2014 by Scott Gibson

The NY14 Passive HouseA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor. Developed in the early 1990s by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, the standard is now promoted by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. To meet the standard, a home must have an infiltration rate no greater than 0.60 AC/H @ 50 pascals, a maximum annual heating energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (4,755 Btu per square foot), a maximum annual cooling energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (1.39 kWh per square foot), and maximum source energy use for all purposes of 120 kWh per square meter (11.1 kWh per square foot). The standard recommends, but does not require, a maximum design heating load of 10 W per square meter and windows with a maximum U-factor of 0.14. The Passivhaus standard was developed for buildings in central and northern Europe; efforts are underway to clarify the best techniques to achieve the standard for buildings in hot climates. Conference opens on June 17 with an address by Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, a climate change scientist whose work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) helped the group to a shared Nobel Prize in 2007.

Organizers of the one-day event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City said Ürge-Vorsatz will discuss several issues, including the role of building efficiency in reducing carbon emissions.

The IPCC shared the 2007 prize with Al Gore for their collective efforts to increase public understanding of man-made climate change.

A panel that includes Richard Leigh, director of research at Urban Green Council, and Passive House Academy founder Thomas O'Leary will discuss the relationship between efficiency and a green power grid in a session titled "The Energy Puzzle."

Organizers said other presentations would focus on particular building projects, including a multi-family apartment building in New York, a primary school and university buildings in London, dormitory housing in Ireland and a green city district in Brussels.

Another session will discuss retrofit projects in New York.

There are more details about the program in this post online.

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