Passive House

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Introduction to Passive House by Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy is a trainer with the Passive House Academy, and an international authority on the Passive House Standard. Michael visited Pittsburgh in December 2016 to lead a training for future Certified Passive House Designers and Consultants in partnership with Green Building Alliance and Passive House Western Pennsylvania. While in town, Michael gave a presentation […]

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Passive House Isn’t Just for Houses

The term “Passive House” has become more frequent in the green building industry, but there is often confusion about its application. Despite its title, the Passive House building standard can be applied to office buildings, schools, supermarkets, residences, and more. It’s becoming more popular and it’s happening here in Pittsburgh. What is Passive House? Passive House […]

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Green Building Alliance Receives Grant to Increase Passive House & Net Zero Energy Adoption

Green Building Alliance is thrilled to receive a $25,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to educate building owners about the benefits of net zero energy and Passive House methods, train students and practitioners for commercial sector implementation of these approaches, and deliver Certified Passive House Designer trainings through the Passive House Institute […]

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Member Spotlight: James Construction

James Construction aspires to be a leader in the construction industry throughout Western Pennsylvania while being on the forefront of the growing need for building performance-oriented projects from energy-minded clients. James Construction, headquartered in Carnegie and founded in 1981, provides general construction and related services for health care, higher education, office/commercial, banking/financial, manufacturing, energy, federal government, […]

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Tips for Retrofitting to Passive House Standards: A Case Study from Thoughtful Balance

Thoughtful Balance, a sustainable architecture and design firm, renovated and retrofitted a former YMCA into the 84-unit McKeesport Downtown Housing – the first retrofit of this scale to be designed to meet Passive House Standards anywhere in the U.S! The 65,ooo-square-foot building was in rough condition, with aging systems and a 40-amp electric service that […]

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Passive House Under-Construction Tour

Join GBA for a presentation and tour of a Passive House duplex under construction, and hear about the lessons learned after a recent blower door test.

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EXPERIENCE

Lucyna de Barbaro, Ph.D., and Ayres Freitas, Ph.D., are inviting GBA back to their Squirrel Hill Passive House Duplex for a second tour! This is a unique opportunity to see how this stringent energy building standard, with the goal of achieving building envelope air tightness of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals, is being implemented. In addition, the project seeks National Green Building Standard ICC-700 Gold certification.

Join us on the tour, and you’ll get to sport one of GBA’s snazzy hard hats! For more information about the project, check out Lucyna de Barbaro’s Facebook page.

What is a Passive building? In short, it involves an extreme energy efficiency (targeting 60-70% energy use reduction) and performance verification that is proven through an air tightness test with rigorous passing standards. For more information, visit the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) information page.

Presenters

Lucyna de Barbaro, Ph.D., long-time environmentalist, activist, and member of Passive House Alliance US, served on the Board of Directors for the PHAUS Western PA Chapter (now PHWPA), and her husband, Ayres Freitas, Ph.D., is a Professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. They are passionate advocates for improved building performance and experts on all things Passive House.

Members of Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) may register for reduced price as Members of Partner Organization.

Please note: one half of the duplex is for sale and listed with Keller Williams Realty!

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Understand the requirements of the Passive House (PHIUS+) standard

2. Understand the principles of Passive House construction

3. Explore techniques used to achieve an air-tight envelope (air tightness goal of 0.6 air-changes at 50 Pascals)

4. Explain lessons learned after a recent blower door test and methods for ensuring air tightness in the building envelope.

 

GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI LEED AP BD&C CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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Hard Hat Passive House Tour

Join GBA for a hard hat tour of a Passive House under construction!

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Building progress: March 23, 2015

EXPERIENCE

Lucyna de Barbaro, Ph.D., served on the Board of Directors for the Passive House Alliance Western PA Chapter (now PHWPA). She and her husband, Ayres Freitas, Ph.D., are building a duplex in Squirrel Hill to Passive House standards, and they are graciously working with GBA to provide a detailed tour of the first-class, energy-saving building. Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided, and you’ll get to sport one of GBA’s snazzy hard hats during the tour! For more information about the project, check out Lucyna de Barbaro’s Facebook page.

What is a passive building? In short, it involves an extreme energy efficiency (targeting 60-70% energy use reduction) and performance verification that is proven through an air tightness test with rigorous passing standards. For more information, visit the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) information page.

Members of Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) may register for reduced price as Members of Partner Organizations.

Please note: one half of the duplex is for sale and listed with Keller Williams Realty!

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Understand the requirements of the Passive House (PHIUS+) standard

2. Understand the principles of Passive House construction

3. Explore techniques used to achieve an air-tight envelope (air tightness goal of 0.6 air-changes at 50 Pascals)

4. Explain typical mechanical system components for Passive House: Energy Recovery Ventilator and heat pump

 

GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.0 GBCI LEED AP BD&C CEUs and approved for 1.0 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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PHWPA : Passive House Rating and Building Diagnostics for Multifamily, Commercial, and Institutional Buildings

Join Passive House Western Pennsylvania in examining the PHIUS+ rating system. Building Performance Architecture’s Rob Hosken will share his experience as a building energy consultant using PHIUS+ rating for diverse building types throughout Pittsburgh.

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PHWPA image 1While architects and Passive House consultants design and fine-tune Passive House buildings, Passive House raters test, inspect, and evaluate the actual built conditions to verify that buildings meet Passive House standards.  Developers and architects in the Pittsburgh area are pushing the boundaries of the PHIUS+ rating system, which the Passive House Institute initially created for single family homes.  Building Performance Architecture (BPA) has worked at this leading edge of PHIUS+ rating, for multifamily, commercial, and institutional buildings in Pittsburgh.  At the same time, BPA has been a key team member for Pittsburgh’s largest-ever blower door tests.  BPA’s Rob Hosken will show how large buildings can be evaluated to verify compliance with Passive House standards.
Rob Hosken is an architect and energy consultant with Building Performance Architecture in Pittsburgh, PA.  Rob has used his 18 years of professional experience as an architect to develop a unique, comprehensive approach to building energy consulting.  His firm, Building Performance Architecture, provides financial-grade energy audits for existing buildings, energy certification for new construction, building diagnostics, and energy-related architectural services.  Building Performance Architecture is the first Pittsburgh-area firm to provide Passive House rating services.

Passive House WPA

PHWPA is a membership organization dedicated to lowering energy use in buildings. PHWPA’s goal is to provide education, and promote awareness, transparent resource sharing, and advocacy for Passive House strategies for commercial and residential buildings in our region. In pursuing this goal we will foster a collaborative network to unify the Passive House community in this region and in the country.

To learn more about PHWPA organization and how you can get involved, please visit the Passive House Western PA website.

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Are You Interested in Passive House Training?

Passive House is quickly gaining traction in our region.  Would you be interested in Passive House training if it were available? The Passive House movement is quickly growing locally:  our recent day-long Passive House workshop attracted over 100 attendees, Pittsburgh hosted last year’s North American Passive House Conference, and local professionals are designing and building […]

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