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October 17-18, 2013


Each year the PHIUS North American Passive House Conference brings together leading national and international passive builders, policy makers, energy consultants, architects, academics, energy media members and consumers for the largest passive building event on the continent.


We received more presentation abstracts than ever -- thanks to all who submitted! Here is the tentative schedule listing for the 8th Annual North American Passive House Conference, October 17-18. Schedule may change so please check back.



Thursday, October 17, 2013


6:30 - 8:30 am 
Registration, coffee and light breakfast, Grand Ballroom, 17th floor

8:30 - 8:45 am

Opening Remarks from PHIUS


8:45 - 9:15 am

Opening Remarks/Welcome to Pittsburgh: Larry Swanson, CEO Action Housing


9:15 - 10:00 am 

Keynote Address: Sean Penrith, Executive Director The Climate Trust -- Passive Buildings, Carbon and Climate 


10:00 - 10:15 am



10:15 - 10:30 am

State of PHAUS message from the PHAUS Board


10:30 - 10:45 am

PHIUS Program Update - Tim Montague


10:45 - 11:30 am

Keynote address: Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, President, Plateforme Maison Passive (PMP asbl) and Publisher of be passive magazine -- How Belgium Adopted Passive House


11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Exhibit Hall in the Urban Room, Lunch at noon in the Grand Ballroom

1:00 - 5:00 pm

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

Friday, October 18


7:30 - 8:00 am

Coffee and light breakfast, Grand Ballroom, 17th floor

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

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


12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch in the Grand Ballroom and exhibits in the Urban Room


2:00 - 4:00 pm

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


4:00 - 4:15 pm



4:15 - 5:45 pm

Closing Keynote Tag Team:


Dr. Joe Lstiburek: Ventilation standards and passive building

Katrin Klingenberg: Climate-specific passive standards 





8th Annual North American Passive House Conference Schedule Grid

Thursday, October 17

6:30 8:30

Registration begins, coffee and breakfast, Grand Ballroom

8:30 8:45

Opening remarks: Larry Swanson, CEO Action Housing

8:40 9:30

Opening Keynote address: Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -- Vision for Affordable Housing in the United States

9:30 10:15

Sean Penrith, Executive Director, The Climate Trust -- Passive Buildings, Carbon, and Climate

10:15 10:30


10:15 10:30 

State of PHAUS message from PHAUS board members

10:45 11:30

Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, President, Plateforme Maison Passive (PMP asbl) and Publisher of be passive magazine: Belgium Adopts Passive House

11:30 1:00

Exhibit Hall open, lunch at noon

1:00 3:00

Track 1: 

Introduction to Passive Building

Track 2: 

Reinventing the City: Retrofits

Track 3: 


Track 4: 

Adapting the Standard 


Moderator Dan Whitmore

Dave Brach

Introductory workshop on basic passive building principles and passive building technologies – perfect intro for those new to passive building. Including beautiful residential case studies located in Salt Lake City, Utah

Moderator Betsy Pettit

Laura Nettleton
Michael Whartnaby

Report on the construction of the first passive historic brick retrofit McKeeseport Project/mechanicals, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Julie Torres Moskovitz

The Tighthouse Project, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Ludwig Rongen

Interior Brick Retrofit of a Historic Church + Intro to Passive House International Architects: a New Business Venture

Moderator Mike Kernagis

Teresa Lopez

The world of Green Energy Money


Panel discussion (80 minutes)

Can the United States and Canada achieve what Belgium did in adopting passive? 

Includes: Sebastian Moreno-Vacca,
Prudence Ferreira:
Policy Developments in San Francisco,
Teresa Lopez
Patrick Weber:
Policy Efforts in South Dakota & other participants TBD


Moderator Katrin Klingenberg

Ryan Abendroth

Climate study in support of standard adaptation

Rolf Jacobson

Passive house certification in Scandinavia and implications for North America

Katrin Klingenberg

The South Dakota affordable Fair House - cold climate standards adaptation and feasibility case study 



Coffee and stretch

3:30- 5:30

Track 1: 

Quality Assurance Means Performance

Track 2: 

Reinventing the City: Retrofit Science/Details

Track 3: 

Financing and Advertising Tools/Incentives

Track 4: 

Optimizing systems for primary energy


Moderator TBA

Lisa White, John Semmelhack 

Introduction to Challenge Home / PHIUS+ Certification process, update on certification criteria and release of PHIUS+ new all-in-one combined checklist 


Graham Wright 

Making a good thing better: Refining Passive Standards & PHIUS Protocols

Moderator Betsy Pettit

Kohta Ueno

Case study, McKeesport, Pa.: brick testing, thermal bridge calcs and dialing in the interior insulation solution 


Ken Neuhauser

How to: Exterior wall retrofit detail instruction for a typical brick building in Chicago


Duncan Prahl, Anastasia Herk

Spray Foam Exterior Insulation with Stand-Off Furring


Moderator Ryan Abendroth

Jeff Gephart, Roger Normand

Modernizing financing, appraisal, lending tools and processes


Jim Phelps

Leveraging utility efficiency programs to promote passive building construction


Michael Hobbs, Jason LaFleur

Real estate appraisal boot camp for passive house

Moderator Steve Johnston

Marc Rosenbaum

Heat pumps, heat pumps and heat pumps


Ty Newell

The CERV – an integrated passive building all-in-one HVAC solution for North American climates and beyond



Friday, October 18



7:30- 8:00

Light breakfast/coffee, Grand Ballroom

8:00- 10:00



Track 1: 

In-Depth Residential Case Studies : Start to Finish 

Track 2: 

Reinventing Affordable Communities: Case Studies 

Track 3:  

Architects' Business: Commercial Opportunities

Track 4: 

Quality North American window and door innovations


Moderator TBA

Tom Bassett-Dilley, Brandon Weiss, Eric Barton

Case study: The award-winning Lema House (suburban Chicago). Project delivery from design to occupancy, lessons learned from the marketing case, execution to occupancy.


Katy Hollbacher

Case study: The awared winningHill Residence, Carmel-by-the Sea, Ca. Design through occupancy, lessons learned in California.



Moderator Daniel Levy

Christopher Gonzalez 

First Certified Project in Montana: Habitat for Humanity single family home


Barbara Gehrung

ecoMOD South - Affordable Modular Passive Houses for Virginia


Jeffrey Davis,
Jonathan Iams,
Nina Baird 

Designing and constructing multi-unit affordable housing as a comparison for envelope performance and energy savings, Pittsburgh Pa.

Moderator Dan Whitmore

Sebastian Moreno-Vacca

High concept passive building architecture


Adam Cohen

Four completed commercial passive building projects in the United States


Sam Hagerman, Skylar Swinford

Passive House: a growth opportunity for your business



Moderator TBA

Allison Ray

Navigating window certification programs in North America


Matthew Schiedel,
Stephen Thwaites

Vacuum Insulated Panel Door Technology


Robert Clarke

Super insulating, dynamic and exotic passive house glazings for 2014 and beyond


Stretch/coffee Break

10:30 12:30

Track 1: 

Residential Case Studies 

Track 2: 

Reinventing Affordable Communities

Track 3: 

Builders' Business

Track 4: 

Thermal Enclosures/Thermal Bridges


Moderator Daniel Levy

David Beach

PNC Smart Home, Cleveland, Ohio


Lucyna De Barbaro, Alan Dunn, Erik Fritzberg and  Ayres Freitas

Squirrel Hill town homes project, 
Pittsburgh, Pa.


Tessa Smith

Island Passive House in San Juan Islands; Prefabricated wall system in the Pacific Northwest

Moderator Rob Hosken

Win Swafford


Multi-family passive housing:Stellar Apartments case study, Oregon

Chris Benedict

First (almost) completed affordable multi-family passive housing project! (NYC)




Moderator Joseph Zimmer

Alan Gibson

Design, build, refine, repeat: Using a systems approach to replicate passive house construction (panelization approach), Maine


David Hawkins

Four suitable wall assemblies for passive house modular Construction in Toronto, Canada

Graham Irwin

HERS says stop, passive modeling tool says go! 


Moderator TBA

Dan Whitmore
PHat walls overview 


Sara Tepfer
Thermal bridging in shading devices: calculated and measured impacts on energy consumption and surface temperatures, case study LEED Building in Oregon

Matt Capone
Concrete balconies and thermal bridges: multifamily case study


Lunch, Manufacturer exhibit, poster sessions


Track 1: 

What's next?

Track 2: 

Reinventing/Developing Manufacturing 

Track 3: 

Builders Getting it On:
The Hootenanny 

Track 4: 

Passive Standard Tech Talk 

Moderator TBA

Sam Hagerman

Hammer and Hand. Passive + Active: The Karuna House, Yamhill County, Ore. 

Duncan Prahl, Anastasia Herk

First PHIUS+ Certified Production Builder's Project, CO


Ty Newell

The Perfect Addition to a Passive Projects: An Electric Vehicle How To

Moderator Linda Metropulos

James Lambach: Opening Presentation

Round Table Planning Session

Pittsburgh was once a leading manufacturing center. How can teh demand for high-performance buildings help restore the local industrial economy? James Lambach (Bayer) Sneh Kumar (Alcoa) and Marc Portnoff (Thar Geothermal) — three top Pittsburgh manufacturers — will talk about how their firms are responding to rising demand for high-performance building products.

Moderator TBA

Natalie Leonard: Opening Presentation

Lessons learned building seven stick framed passive buildings in Nova Scotia, Canada


Builders Hootenanny 

Open discussion among experienced passive house builders including Chris Senior, Tessa SmithNatalie LeonardSkylar Swinford, Brandon Weiss and others 

Moderator Steve Johnston

Achilles Karagiozis

Is 0.6 ACH50 climate specific?


Thorsten Chlupp 
The Living Aleutian Home – a Synergy of Passive House and the Living Building Challenge


Prudence Ferreira
Thermal Mass in Cold Climates – Energy Modeling Challenges and Research


Coffee and stretch


Closing Plenary Keynotes:

Joe Lstiburek: Ventilation standards and passive building

Katrin Klingenberg: Climate & culture passive standards: Moving Forward