to the 400+ attendees, exhibitors, and presenters for making the Pittsburgh event a huge, resounding success! From pre-conference to the fabulous projects tour on Saturday, every minute was full of energy, collaboration, and inspiration. 

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CONFERENCE UPDATE: Government shutdown will prevent HUD Secretary Donovan from speaking at the conference 


We are very sorry to report that we've just been informed that U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan, who was scheduled to deliver the opening keynote address Thursday, October 17, 2013, will not be able to travel to Pittsburgh because of the government shutdown. The Secretary extends his apologies as do we.  

The program will be adjusted; check the schedule next week for updates. In the meantime...



Sean Penrith will speak Thursday morning on passive building, carbon and climate. Penrith is Executive Director of The Climate Trust, a nonprofit that specializes in climate solutions for governments, utilities, and large businesses. Before joing The Climate Trust, Penrith led the Earth Advantage Institute as Excutive Director. 


Sebastian.jpgSebastian Moreno-Vacca will cap off Thursday's opening plenary with an international perspective. Moreno-Vacca is one of Europe's most influential passive building leaders. As an architect, an educator, founder and president of Plateforme Maison Passive (PMP asbl), he has successfully championed passive building in his naive Belgium. Soon, passive house will be the Belgian building standard thanks in large part to his efforts. 



PHIUS, PHAUS (Passive House Alliance-US) and co-hosts Carngie Mellon University School of Architecture and Passive Buildings Canada are thrilled to present the Eighth Annual North American Passive House Conference. 


  • Attending core conference earns 12 CPHC® CEUs. Breakout sessions also AIA CEUS. 

  • Pre-conference sessions also earn CPC and AIA CEUs. 


We'll convene at Pittsburgh's grand dame of hotels, the historic Omni William Penn, at thePittsburghKayaks.jpg center of Pittsburgh's revitalized downtown. Once the "Steel City" replete with belching smokestacks, Pittsburgh has renewed itself and its industries -- and it's a budding hotbed of passive building, as our annual projects tour will highlight.


If you've been to Pittsburgh you know know it's a gem, if you haven't you are in for a terrific and pleasant surprise.


With help from local partners like the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture andt the generous support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, we expect this year's conference to be the biggest and best ever -- more vendors, more attendees, and sessions that directly address the technical, policy and business challenges the passive building community faces.


This year the conference will run Wednesday through Friday (instead of Thursday through Saturday).


  • This year will include two days of pre-conference technical workshops: Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday Oct. 16. 
  • On Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30-7:30, there will be a reception marking the opening of the poster session and exhibit hall. 
  • The main conference opens Thursday, Oct. 17 with keynote plenary sessions, lunch, and then an afternoon of four tracks of breakouts.
  • The main conference continues (Friday, Oct.18) with four breakout tracks, lunch, breakouts and the closing plenary keynote. 


The optional project tour will run on Saturday, Oct. 19.


The complete schedule is in the works, check back for updates. For a taste of what to expect, see the schedule from last year's terrific event in Denver. 


You can register now for the main conference and project tour!


Stay tuned for pre-conference details and registration.


Please join us in Pittsburgh: Let's come together to take passive to the next level!