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September 28-29

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Denver, Colorado
Marriott City Center 


Friday, September 28, 2012


7:00 - 8:30 am 

Registration, coffee and light breakfast, Colorado Ballroom 

8:30 - 10:15

  • Opening Remarks/Welcome to Denver (PHIUS and PHAUS-Denver Representatives)
  • PHAUS Progress Report (Mark Miller and Sam Hagerman)
  • International Passive House Progress Report (Jens Laustsen)

Mark Miller

is Executive Director of Passive House Alliance US, the nation's largest membership/chapter passive house organization. Mark brings more than 25 years of experience in energy efficient design to the Alliance. He received his architectural degree from the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona, known for their leadership in passive solar design. Mark opened his own design/build office in Chicago in 1998. 

Sam Hagerman

is President of the Board of Managers of Passive House Alliance US. Sam learned carpentry at a young age in his native Montana, moved to Oregon in 1984 to attend Reed College, and founded Hammer And Hand, Inc. in 1995. Hammer And Hand is a residential contracting firm that emphasizes sustainability in the built and work environments. 

Jens Laustsen

is a an international energy efficiency policy consultant. He formerly served as a senior energy policy analyst at the International Energy Agency and was responsible for the IEA recommendations on energy efficiency in buildings and other G8 related buildings work.



Coffee and stretch



Keynote Address: Dr. Joseph Listiburek

Joseph Lstiburek, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a principal of Building Science Corporation and an ASHRAE Fellow.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Building Science at the University of Toronto.  He is a building scientist who investigates building failures. Dr. Lstiburek received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a doctorate in Building Science Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1982. When he is not in buildings he drinks red French wine and drives fast German sports cars – but never at the same time.  


11:30 am -1:00 pm

Lunch and Exhibit Hall


Breakout Sessions: Four tracks, eight total sessions, two hours each

6:00-7:00 pm

PHIUS Technical Committee, working session (closed)


7:00-8:00 pm

PHIUS Technical Committee, open session, public welcome


Saturday, September 29


7:30 - 8:00 am

Coffee and light breakfast, Colorado Ballroom 

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions: Five tracks, 10 total sessions, two hours each


12:30 - 2 pm

Lunch and exhibits


2:00 - 4:00 pm

Breakout Sessions: Four tracks, 8 total sessions, two hours each


4:30 - 5:30 pm

Closing Keynote: Amory Lovins

Amory B. Lovins, a 64-year-old American consultant, experimental physicist and 1993 MacArthur Fellow, has been active at the nexus of energy, resources, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries for 35 years, including 14 years based in England. He is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy—especially its efficient use and sustainable supply—and a fertile innovator in integrative design.

PHC 2012 Conference Schedule Grid

Friday, September 28

7:00 8:30

Registration begins, coffee and breakfast at the Colorado Ballroom

8:30 8:35

Opening remarks, PHIUS


Welcome to Denver: Representatives from PHAUS-Denver 


PHAUS Progress Report: Mark Miller and Sam Hagerman


International Progress Report: Jens Laustsen

10:15 10:30

Coffee and stretch

10:30 11:30

Keynote Address: Dr. Joseph Lstiburek

11:30 11:45

Prep for lunch and exhibit time

11:45 1:00

Lunch and exhibit time

1:00 3:00

Track 1: Salons A-B

Climate Lessons Learned and Advances in Residential New Construction

Track 2: Salons C-D

Climate Dependency of Models and Monitored Verification

Track 3: Salons G-H

Working in the Real World

Track 4: Salons I-J

Design and Certification Tools for the North American Climates


Moderator TBA

Michael Hindle/Jay Hall

Too much of a good thing? Over-glazing + shoulder season comfort issues in a passive house in the mid-Atlantic climate zone 4/5

Prudence Ferreira

The Zero Cottage in San Francisco. 

Allan Gilliland

The Cottle Zero Energy Home: Using passive house as a basis, achieving the first net zero-energy home in California. 

Moderator TBA

Bruce Kruger

Developing climate-dependent passive house Standards

Kara McKernan

Influence of climate and envelope on the mechanical system of a passive house

Peter Schneider/Carsten Steenberg

Whole house monitoring: feedback to optimize performance in Passive Houses

Moderator TBA

Skander Spies/Russ Hellem

Integrated contracting: design/build for high performance means excellence in both

Mark Benjamin

A structural engineer’s role in passive house

Dan Whitmore

Builders Training sampler: On PHirm footings--passive house foundations


Moderator TBA


Katrin Klingenberg

DOE Challenge Home and PHIUS+ passive house certification: a collaboration to advance zero energy homes 

Florian Antretter

WUFI Passive: A new comprehensive design and certification tool for the next generation of passive houses: WUFI Passive


Achilles Karagiozis 

WUFI Pro - Using hygrothermal modeling to avoid moisture issues in passive houses


Coffee and stretch

3:30- 5:30

Track 1: Salons A-B

Large-Scale Retrofits

Track 2: Salons C-D

Teaching What We Practice, Practicing What we Teach

Track 3: Salons G-H

Passive House Feasibility and Problem Solving across Climates

Track 4: Salons I-J

Beyond Passive House: Renewables



Moderator TBA

Ross Elliott

Commercial retrofit project in Ottawa, Canada

Sam Hagerman

Glasswood Office: A commercial passive house Retrofit


Ryan Abendroth/John McCreery

Retrofit feasibility study for an Ohio school


Moderator TBA

Mary Rogero

Starting to teach passive house in schools and universities –  

Malini Srivastava

University design/build startup at North Dakota State University


Russel Richman/David Hawkins
Passive house dissertation projects 

Moderator TBA

Cody Farmer

How to design a passive house on clay with a basement (Colorado case study)

Kristof Irwin

The most affordable passive House: the cooling climate passive house, Austin, Tex.

Declan Keefe

Case Study: Powahouse-speculative sales, Roxbury, Mass.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Panel

Moderator: Susan Bilo, 15 minute introduction 

Renewables and Passive House

Otto Van Geet

PV and PV-ready design (35 minutes)

Andy Walker

Solar hot water and SHW-ready design (35 minutes)


Shanti Pless 

Net Zero: Solar energy’s role and  basic info on the RSF (35 minutes)



5:30- 10:00

PHAUS-Colorado representatives have cooked up some Denver fun!


[Invite only]  Technical Committee work groups



Saturday, September 29

Note to Exhibitors: From 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the exhibit area will also be open to participants of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society's annual tour. 



7:30- 8:00

Light breakfast/coffee, Colorado Ballroom

8:00- 10:00



Track 1: Salons A-B

Passive House Community and Retrofit Projects

Track 2: Salons C-D

Monitoring: Data, Data and More Data

Track 3: Salons G-H 

Affordable Passive Housing:Panel and Case Studies

Track 4: Salons I-J

Making Windows Work

BONUS TRACK: Mattie Silks Room

Retrofit Case Studies by Ludwig Rongen


Lois Arena

Community: Eco-Village co-Housing in Ithaca, NY

Alan Gibson

36-Unit cohousing development in Belfast, Maine 

Kristen Simmons

Retrofit of a 1902 timber-frame house to EnerPHit. 


Tim Eian, Phillip Gross 

Monitoring: Lessons learned from Passive House in the Woods

Corey Saft, Eric Helton

Hot, humid and still comfortable: 18 months of data on the first passive house in the humid South

Marc Rosenbaum

Measured data of appliances and systems

Affordable Housing Panel Discussion

Manuel Muelle

Progress report from the developer's perspective: 7 multi-family projects in various climates across the nation 

Laura Nettleton and Michael Whartnaby

Heidelberg affordable Passive House – first PH for Pittsburgh, PA and Passive house multi-family McKeesport project - interior insulation retrofit of a historic brick building in Pittsburgh

Alex Boetzel/Dylan Lamar

Two of the 7: Multi family new construction with REACH in Portland, Ore.



Moderator TBA

Graham Wright

Introducing the PHIUS Certified Product Performance Data program

Robert Clarke

Very high performance windows for 2013 and beyond 


Sam Hagerman

Florian Speier

Paul Grahovac

The science of rough opening preparation and window installation to minimize air leakage

Ludwig Rongen

Passive house retrofit of 1,200 student secondary school in Baesweiler, Germany


Stretch/coffee Break

10:30 12:30

Track 1: Salons A-B

PH Communities (continued) and Retrofits

Track 2: Salons C-D

Passive House Envelope Performance and Detailing 

Track 3: Salons G-H

Scaling Up--Large Passive House Developments

Track 4: Salons I-J

HVAC Components and Tools

BONUS TRACK: Mattie Silks Room

Retrofit Case Study


Moderator TBA

Buck Moorhead

Ultimate challenge: the occupied multifamily retrofit


Eric Coffman

Deep energy case studies and how they complement passive house for retrofit applications



Moderator TBA


Rolf Jacobson


Performance of 8 cold-climate envelopes for passive houses

Stan Gatland

High performance wood framed wall systems for passive house design

Graham Irwin

Ice dams, wildfires and a passive house in the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains: WUFI to the rescue?


Moderator TBA

Adam Cohen

Design and Construction of the Hickory Hall Dormitory – a twin tudy in the making, VA 


Tim McDonald

Pump up the volume: Passive house, mass production and multi-family - The first affordable PH in Pennsylvania

Peter Riedweg

Case Study: Passive house Olympic Village Housing, Austria 

Moderator TBA

Barry Stephens/Mike LeBeau

Heat recovery ventilation: How do those things really work? 

Mark Kuntz 

Proper sizing and placement of HVAC equipment – Mitsubishi Mini splits

Ben and Ty Newell 

A new modeling tool – Zeros – the CERV and an easy indoor air quality measuring device!

Ludwig Rongen

Retrofit of a 1950s church in Heinsberg, Germany


Lunch, Manufacturer exhibit, poster sessions


Track 1: Salons A-B

Climate Challenges: Alaska to Canada to Chicago

Track 2: Salons C-D

Evaluation of Mechanical Systems on Performance and Affordability

Track 3: Salons G-H

The Business of Passive House

Track 4: Salons I-J

Components and Materials to Meet the Challenges


Moderator TBA

Thorsten Chlupp

Living with the Arctic sun – passive house buildings in the Arctic


Natalie Leonard/Jordan MacDonald

Hawkins House: Targeting passive house, LEED Gold, UK Lifetime Homes economically, in Cape Breton. 

Tom Bassett-Dilley

ICF Passive House in River Forest, IL


Moderator TBA

Jason Morosko

Earth Tubes: A presentation on design and current Installations

Ludwig Rongen

Geothermal systems for passive houses

John Semmelhack (pres.) plus Full Report

An energy and economic modeling study of exhaust ventilation compared to balanced ventilation with heat recovery in 6-8 climate zones

Moderator: Todd Collins

Making the Sale – How to be successful in being a CPHC or passive house architect/builder/developer (combined presentations by...



Sam Hagerman, OR; Adam Cohen, VA; Alan Gibson, ME; Tim McDonald, PA (Design/Build/Consult businesses); Chris Senior, NC: (developer and builder); Prudence Ferreira, CA (Passive house and energy systems consulting business)

Moderator TBA

Stan Gatland

Performance issues related to energy retrofitting old brownstone buildings


Aaron Wood
Achieving architectural harmony and decreasing build costs with graphite-enhanced EPS SIP panels

Paul Palmisciano

Air-to-water heat pump hot water heater 



Coffee and stretch


Closing Plenary Keynote

by Amory Lovins