Keynote Speaker Confirmed for North American Passive House Network Conference

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Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Budapest, will give the keynote presentation at NAPHN15 in Vancouver, on October 1st 2015.

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is pleased to announce that sustainable energy expert Diana Ürge-Vorsatz will give the keynote presentation at the NAPHN15 conference in Vancouver on October 1st 2015.

Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, and a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Diana has been acknowledged for her contribution to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and brings her wealth of experience to frame the importance of the Passive House building standard and its impact on reducing climate change.

Diana’s presentation will draw on her work with the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change and buildings-related work in the Global Energy Assessment. NAPHN Co-Presidents Ken Levenson and Bronwyn Barry, and the conference program committee unanimously agreed this keynote will be invaluable to the audience of 400+ delegates from the construction industry and local government.

“We are thrilled that Diana has agreed to give the keynote presentation at NAPHN15. Her research is key to understanding the need for Passive House and its potential to reduce energy needs globally.” Ken Levenson, Co-President, North American Passive House Network

Presenters from North America and around the globe, including architects, developers and local government policy makers, will join Diana to share their experience and knowledge, and accelerate adoption of the Passive House building standard in North America.

Confirmed presenters include:

  • Dieter Herz, Herz & Lang - winners of the Passive House award for “Office and Special Use Building” in Germany
  • Tomas O’Leary, Passive House Academy - designer of the first Certified Passive House in the English speaking world
  • Jonah Stanford, NEEDBASED - award-winning designer of the first Passive House in New Mexico
  • Scott Kennedy, Cornerstone Architecture - currently designing two multi-family Passive House projects in Vancouver
  • Mark Bernhardt, Bernhardt Contracting - builders of Canada's first market Passive House condominiums in Victoria

The two-day conference will focus on three key areas of Passive House design and construction: An Introduction to Passive House, Advanced Passive House Techniques, and Policy and Regulation. There will also be a trade show dedicated to exhibitors in the Passive House market, project tours, socials and networking events, plus workshops and courses pre and post conference.

Regional NAPHN members, the Canadian Passive House Institute West (CanPHI West) are hosting the event. Tickets are currently available to members of NAPHN, CanPHI West and the International Passive House Assocation, and will be available to non-members from June 1st. Non-members can also register their interest on the conference website

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 West, New York Passive House, Passive House California, passivhausMAINE, Passive House New Mexico, Passive House Western Pennsylvania, and Passive House Northwest. See

The Canadian Passive House Institute West (CanPHI West) is a registered not-for-profit providing Canadians with the knowledge, tools, networks and confidence to design and construct buildings, which meet the world’s highest level of energy efficiency, the international Passive House Standard. CanPHI West actively trains and connects people and organizations who wish to radically improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings in Canada, and support Canadian industry in developing building materials and components of the highest performance and quality. CanPHI West is an affiliate of the International Passive House Association. See

Passive House is an international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany. Building to the Passive House Standard reduces a building's operational energy demand to an optimized extent through passive measures and components such as insulation, airtightness, heat recovery, solar heat gains, solar shading and incidental internal heat gains. Passive House reliably delivers up to approximately a 90% reduction in heating and cooling demand and up to a 75% reduction in overall primary energy demand when compared to existing building stock. Passive House buildings affordably and predictably provide the most resilient, comfortable and healthy interior environments. See

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