Hello! Whether you’re new to the topic of Passive House design or you want to further hone your technical professional Passive House skills, GBA has partnered with Passive House Western PA (PHWPA) to make a variety of Passive House related topics available throughout the year. Check out the events below – each one specifies how basic or technical the content is. Contact us with any questions and we hope to see you soon!
Upcoming Events about Passive House Topics:
Notes from New York: Lessons from a Growing Market
Great for all Levels
Hosted @ the WESA/WYEP Community Broadcast Center on March 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Passive House is growing around the world – yet some regions seem to be moving farther, faster. Why? Ken Levenson of the North American Passive House Network recently had a chance to explore this question, and he’ll share his findings with an audience in Pittsburgh. Food, drinks, and networking also included! This event will be hosted at the performance space at the Community Broadcast Center – the first green radio station in the nation!
High Performance Historic Masonry Retrofits
Hosted @ MBA on March 2 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
While he’s in town, Ken Levenson will also offer this in-depth training! The goals of historic preservation, energy efficiency and comfort often seem in conflict, as higher insulation levels can pose new risks to these timeless structures. Yet it need not be so. This comprehensive presentation discusses strategies for minimizing the apparent conflict while allowing for the highest possible performance.
Learn more and register.
Virtual PHPP Training
Hosted @ GBA on March 6, 9, 13, and 16 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This training is great for either current Passive House professionals who want more practice with the PHPP (Passive House Planning Package) software, or those who plan on going through CPHD training and want to get comprehensive practice with the software. The 4-part virtual training will be hosted at GBA and led by Andrew Peel.
Dinner and a Documentary: Sustainability Pioneers
Great for All Levels
Hosted @ CMU’s Mellon Institute Auditorium on March 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Documentary filmmaker Kirsi Jansa will premiere her latest episode of the Sustainability Pioneers film series. In this episode, she follows a couple building a residential Passive House in Pittsburgh (this photo depicts the homeowner installing insulation), and a 100% straw-bale home in Butler County. Food, drinks, and networking also included! This event is co-hosted by GBA, CCI, PHWPA, CMU’s Institute for Green Science, and CMU’s Scott Institute.
Learn more and register here.
MEP / HVAC Throwdown
Hosted @ Ascender March 14 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Every so often, Pittsburgh’s Passive House enthusiasts gather to compare merits and challenges of certain design and construction applications for reaching the standard’s robust requirements. In this installment, several experts will run through mechanical system options for low energy projects – great conversation always follows! This event is free and is hosted by PHWPA but please RSVP.
Building & Energy Codes in Brussels, Manhattan, and Vancouver
Great for All Levels
Hosted on April 14 (Location TBD)
As principal at NK Architects and president of PHWPA, Brandon has both witnessed and worked on Passive House projects around the world. He keeps a keen eye on Passive House policy initiatives in other parts of the world and has joined delegations to Brussels in order to learn from their building code adoption. At this event, he’ll share how building and energy codes differ – and are related – in 3 spots around the globe. Stay tuned for registration information!
Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer (CPHC/CPHD) Training
Hosted @ GBA during the Spring and Fall
We’re now so excited to offer a locally-led training for Pittsburgh area professionals to earn their Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer credential for the international standard. This comprehensive course offers 5 days of in-person instruction and 24 hours of individual self-led online practice. After completing the course, candidates sit for the CPHC/D exam. The course includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and lots of coffee.
Thanks to all of our Event Partners!