The two-day North American Passive House Conference takes place in September 2014 in Portland, Maine, with the keynote address to be delivered by Passivhaus Institut founder and director Dr. Wolfgang Feist.
The conference is scheduled for Sept. 22-23, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Portland By the Bay. The North American Passive House Network is the sponsor, with support from Passivhaus Maine. Registration and workshop details have yet to be announced, but the conference has set up a website where additional information will be posted.
The Passive House Network said it would be accepting proposals for presentations to be made at the conference. Topics could be residential or commercial and cover any climate zone.
One likely topic for discussion in the fall will be two new categories of Passivhaus certification that were announced recently by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany.
In a news release earlier in the week, the institute announced the addition of two designations,”Passive House Plus” and “Passive House Premium.” The first denotes a house that produces about as much energy as it consumes, while the “premium” label is for buildings that produce an energy surplus.
The institute offered few details about the new designations, but said more information would be made available at the International Passive House Conference April 25-26, 2014, in Aachen, Germany.
Currently, the Passivhaus building standard includes strict energy and airtightness requirements, but doesn’t mention anything about generating energy. A spokesman said the new labels would be “extras,” but wouldn’t change the Passivhaus standard.