Professional Training at the Vanguard of Low Carbon Construction

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North American Passive House Network 2014: Conference & Expo will host training for those interested in learning more about high performance buildings.

Three training opportunities will be held prior to the North American Passive House Network 2014: Conference and Expo (NAPHN14, scheduled for September 22 & 23). These trainings represent an unprecedented gathering of Passive House experts from North America's three leading Passive House training providers. Each workshop will take place on the beautiful campus of Southern Maine Community College, in Preble Hall, located in South Portland. Leaders from the Passive House community will teach Intro to Passive House, Intro to PHPP (Passive House Planning Package), and Intro to designPH (the new Sketchup Plug-in for PHPP).

"Training the professional workforce is a critical component in making our low carbon future a reality,” said conference organizer and Passive House building specialist, Bronwyn Barry, “we’re excited to provide conference attendees the best training available, from the basics to the most advanced software integration."

  •     Intro to Passive House is a one day workshop on Sunday, September 21, and will be taught by Malcolm Isaacs of the Canadian Passive House Institute. This workshop will give participants a thorough examination of Passive House Buildings (all types.)
  •     Passive House Academy’s Bob Ryan will lead a 2 day workshop, Intro to PHPP, on Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21. The Passive House Planning Package is an extremely detailed worksheet filled with building science calculations for each passive house project. The spreadsheet-based program is a must for designers and builders of passive houses, with the ability to adjust building materials to achieve the right balance for your climate.
  •     Finally, Intro to designPH: The New Sketchup Plug-in for PHPP, will be led by Andrew Peel of the Canadian Passive House Institute. This is a two day workshop, September 20 & 21, and will introduce a 3-D modeling interface that works in conjunction with the PHPP. This valuable tool is able to easily facilitate design compliance and import building information directly into the PHPP.

Initial enthusiasm for the NAPHN14 conference has grown within the building community in light of recent press coverage and the announcement that Passive House creator, Wolfgang Feist, will keynote the event. A full list of conference events and news can be found on the NAPHN14 event website.

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