Students Get an Inside Look at Passivhaus

Posted on April 19,2015 by ScottG in education

Students enrolled in an unusual collaborative program at Western Technical College can expect a lot more than classroom lectures and an occasional pop quiz as they study high-performance residential construction. Working alongside design and construction professionals, they're learning about the special challenges of Passivhaus construction by helping to build Passivhaus houses.

Allison Bailes to Teach an Interactive Online Class

Posted on April 19,2015 by user-756436 in Allison Bailes

Dr. Allison Bailes is a rarity: a physicist with a sense of humor. He's also a regular blogger on GBA. If you've enjoyed Allison's blogs over the years, and aren't intimidated by the prospect of homework and studying, you may be ready to take an online course from Dr. Bailes.

Passive House Training, One Year Later

Posted on April 19,2015 by bobswin in passive house

I have been asked about my Passive House Consultant training by other architects enough times that I thought I’d write up a quick synopsis, one year later. For me, the training was very useful for several reasons, not the least of which was the networking aspect. It is a small community with some really great conversation happening and it is fun to be a part of that.

Training for Passivhaus Consultants

Posted on April 19,2015 by ScottG in passive house consultant

Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) will begin training its next group of certified consultants on April 8 with a "virtual phase" of online instruction. Classroom sessions will follow later in the spring. In order to minimize travel time for students, PHIUS last year broke the training into virtual and in-class segments, and that's the approach it's taking again this year. The first phase consists of eight three-hour sessions, each presented live by a PHIUS-trained expert.

Disseminating Building Science Knowledge

Posted on April 19,2015 by Ecovrn in Building Science

Each time I meet with the “choir” of sustainable builders or building scientists, I gain more knowledge and solidify the existing knowledge I have. The only problem is that the members of this choir are often fairly constant, and the tune we sing is the same: “How do we teach our song to the masses?” This isn’t a topic that should remain confined among a select few; we need energy savings, resource regeneration, and sustainability in all manners — now!

Passive House Training Streamlined

Posted on April 19,2015 by ScottG in passive house

Passive House Institute US has reduced the amount of time that students seeking consultant certification must spend in distant classrooms by switching half the program to an internet-based "virtual" component that students can take at home.

Passive House Institute U.S. Starts Training Builders

Posted on April 19,2015 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.

Carl and Abe Write a Textbook

Posted on April 19,2015 by user-756436 in book review

Carl Seville, this website’s resident green building curmudgeon and blogger, has teamed up with Abe Kruger, an energy rater and BPI Building Analyst, to write a new textbook, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction.

Passivhaus Training in New York City

Posted on April 19,2015 by user-756436 in certification

Trainers from the Passive House Academy of Rathnew, Ireland, will be offering four courses in New York City in February and March 2012. On February 1, 2012, Tomas O’Leary will teach a half-day introductory course that includes a demonstration of PHPP software. The course fee is $85.

An Energy-Auditing Class in Montana

Posted on April 19,2015 by pGS3rxsTa6 in auditing class

When I arrive for the five-day energy-auditing course at the Pure Energy Center in eastern Montana, I see instructor A. Tamasin Sterner outside the main house, clapping her hands and doing a little dance. If you know Tamasin, a veteran energy auditor who famously counseled President Obama on the need for weatherization programs, you expect this show of exuberance.

Blog Review: Energy Vanguard Blog

Posted on April 19,2015 by GBA Team in blog

by Martin Holladay GBA is launching a new feature: periodic reviews of interesting blogs. To get the ball rolling, I’m recommending the Energy Vanguard blog. The author of the Energy Vanguard blog, Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant and trainer. He performs heat loss calculations, provides HERS rating services, and provides rater training and Energy Star training, among other services.

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