The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now!

March 7, 2013 by  
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With growing concern for indoor home health, rising energy costs and climate change, both builders and homeowners are turning to the Passive House  building system as a viable, sustainable alternative to conventional residential and commercial construction. The Passive House  system is based on the concept of passive design — that is, design that doesn’t use mechanical systems like heaters and air-conditioners for heating and cooling, but instead relies on making efficient use of sealed buildings, insulation, the sun’s energy and natural ventilation through careful design strategies. Passive House represents today’s highest green building standard and promises to dramatically cut an average household’s energy consumption and monthly energy bill. If you’re interested in learning more about how passive homes  are influencing architects and helping to shape the building sector, then be sure to check out the  Passive House Northwest 2013 Annual Conference coming up on Friday, March 15 at  Seattle Pacific University . Co-sponsored by Hammer & Hand and NK Architects , the conference will investigate the ways that Passive House  is propelling the built environment towards a higher and greener performance standard. Hit the jump to find out what’s in store at this awesome conference! Read the rest of The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment , Bullitt Foundation , Denis Hayes , energy efficient building , energy efficient construction , energy-efficient homes , green conference , green conference 2013 , green events , green events 2013 , J.O. Dockx , Katrin Klingenberg , passive home , passive house , Passive House certification , Passive House Institute US , Passive House Northwest , Passive House Northwest’s 2013 Annual Conference , PHnw , Seattle Pacific University , Seattle Washington

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Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

March 26, 2012 by  
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When we first broke the news of the split between Passivhaus Institute (PHI) and Passive House US (PHIUS), it was a murky proposition to project what the results would be. That answer has become much clearer in the past months after a series of proposed changes and intense debate within the community. The conversation heated up in the last week as those aligned with PHI asked PHIUS to choose a different name for their certification system from Passive House, and Katrin Klingenberg, head of the American group, got personal in her response. The question on everyone’s mind is: “how much damage does this cause the movement?” Read the rest of Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green building standard , Katrin Klingenberg , Passive House debate , Passive House trademark , passivhaus , PHI in US , PHIUS controversy

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