2014 North American Passive House Conference Announced for September

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The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) announces a two-day conference focused on the international Passive House standard.

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is pleased to announce a two-day conference focused on the international Passive House standard. The 2014 North American Passive House Conference (NAPH14) will feature Passive House projects, both small and large, from across the continent and around the world. From homes, schools, office buildings, and city districts, the conference will provide an in-depth look at what Passive House is achieving today. Taking place in Portland, Maine, this conference is being presented by NAPHN with particular cooperation and support from member organization passivhausMAINE.

A keynote address will be made by founder and director of the Passive House Institute, Dr. Wolfgang Feist. NAPH14 will also feature a manufacturer and service provider expo, introducing attendees to the full range of products and services directed at Passive House designers, builders, and owners.

Workshops seek to appeal to a wide audience of Passive House enthusiasts. Courses are being shaped to fit both introductory learners and the most advanced, specialized Certified Passive House Consultants. NAPHN organizers will be accepting presentation proposals regarding topics technically-oriented, design-oriented, domestic or commercial, big or small, cold or hot-humid.

“North America is teeming with great Passive House buildings, ideas, and proposals,” says Bronwyn Barry, co-founder of NAPHN. “The goal of this conference is to make this work known and help build an expanding knowledge community.”

Registration details and further updates will be announced on the NAPHN website: http://www.naphnetwork.org/2014-conference
Event: 2014 North American Passive House Conference (NAPH14)
Date: September 22-23, 2014
Location: Holiday Inn Portland-by The Bay, Portland, Maine


About NAPHN:
The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) shares up-to-date news, events, and other knowledge resources related to Passive House across North America. NAPHN helps promote Passive House across the continent. Membership now includes: Canadian Passive House Institute, New York Passive House, Passive House California, passivhausMAINE, Passive House New Mexico, and Passive House Northwest.

About passivhausMAINE:
passivhausMAINE is committed to decreasing carbon emissions, decreasing dependency on fossil fuels and decreasing costs for winter heating across the economic strata in Maine. Currently passivhausMAINE has representatives from architectural firms, design/build companies, auditors, green building consultants, a photographer and an attorney. It is eager to bring more voices to the table particularly environmentalists, educators, low-income housing administrators and developers, realators and bankers.

About Passive House:
Passive House is an international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt Germany, that represents a roughly 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage and up to a 75% reduction in primary energy usage from existing building stock – meant to aggressively meet the climate crisis carbon reduction imperative while making a comfortable, healthy and affordable built environment. Passive House is the most cost effective pathway toward the growing demand for net-zero or nearly-net-zero construction. Passive House is also a methodology that requires designers to consider orientation, massing, insulation, heat recovery, passive use of solar energy, solar shading, elimination of thermal bridges, and internal heat sources. The term Passive House may also used to refer to a building that has been tested and certified to meet the Passive House standard. Passive House building are extremely energy efficient, healthy and comfortable for occupants, predictable to manage, and resilient by design. See http://www.passivehouse.com.

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