Passivhaus standard

Redefining Passivhaus

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in new passive house standard for North America

In January 2012, Katrin Klingenberg, the founder of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), announced that her organization would develop a new passive house standard for North America — a standard that differed from the Passivhaus standard developed in Darmstadt, Germany.

Wolfgang Feist Defends Thick Insulation

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in Passivhaus Institut

Dr. Wolfgang Feist is the founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. On September 22, 2014, after Feist gave an address at a Passive House conference in Portland, Maine, he agreed to be interviewed. (For links to my two previous interviews with Dr. Feist, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below.) Q. What will it take for a higher percentage of new buildings to be built to the Passivhaus standard?

Report from the Passive House Conference in Maine

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in passive house conference

The North American Passive House Network held a two-day conference in Portland, Maine, this month. The well-attended conference drew attendees from all over the U.S., as well as from China, the U.K., and Germany.

New Passive Building Standards for North America

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-1058403 in Klingenberg

By August of 2011, eight years had passed since we completed the Smith House, the first home in the United States to be built to the European Passivhaus standard. Those eight years were heady and full: We founded the national non-profit Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). We created a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training curriculum and delivered trainings to hundreds of professionals from coast to coast.

Passive House Institute U.S. Starts Training Builders

Posted on April 27,2015 by patrick_mccombe in builder training

A new training program developed and presented by the Passive House Institute U.S. aims to get builders and remodelers up to speed on the Passive House standard. Among the topics covered during the four-day program are envelope details, HVAC systems, and bidding on Passivhaus projects. The curriculum for the new training program has been developed by three experienced Passivhaus builders: Dan Whitmore, Adam Cohen, and Mike Kernagis.

A Day of Passivhaus Immersion in New York City

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in 2012 Passive House Symposium

Although the idea does have a certain appeal, for most of us it would be impractical to tour all of the approximately 40 completed or in-progress Passivhaus projects in New York. But a one-day symposium focused on a selection of these projects would be easily manageable and, it turns out, is already on the calendar.

A Petition Strives to Defend a Certain Definition of ‘Passive House’

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in international

UPDATED 4/5/2012 with new blog links Product names, program names, brands, and logos can be potent symbols of identity, so much so they’re often at the center of all kinds of marketing initiatives, corporate litigation, and cultural iconography. For people in the building industry, the term “passive house” – or Passivhaus, as we call it here – has come to mean a specific performance standard, and some say that if the criteria behind the standard are loosened to accommodate, say, climate conditions, a name other than Passive House (or Passivhaus) should be used.

Possible Relaxation of Passivhaus Standard Stirs Debate

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in Katrin Klingenberg

It seems fair to say the Passivhaus standard will be a source of debate for the foreseeable future.

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