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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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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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PHWPA: Deep Energy Reductions in Existing Homes: Lessons Learned from the Thousand Home Challenge

Join Passive House Western Pennsylvania for Linda Wigington’s presentation on the lessons learned in the highly successful Thousand Home Challenge.

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The Thousand Home Challenge is an initiative designed to demonstrate the potential for deep reductions (70% or greater) THC logoin existing homes across the United States and Canada. Examine the basis for the determination of a project’s customized threshold. Explore lessons learned and find out how the 1000 Home Challenge complements and contrasts with Passive House and other high performance building initiatives. Through the combination of efficiency, behavioral choices, community solutions, and renewables, unique strategies emerge. Results?  The EUI (net site energy) for the 24 projects who officially meet the Challenge is 6.75 KBtu/ft². By comparison, the average EUI for single-family homes in the U.S. is 42.6 KBtu/ft².

Linda Wigington provides residential energy consulting services through her firm, Linda M. Wigington & Associates, based in Waynesburg, PA. She is the founder of and has been associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference from its inception in 1986 through 2013. Currently, Linda is leading the effort to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving deep energy reductions in existing dwellings through the Thousand Home Challenge.  In addition to her work with the Thousand Home Challenge, she operates a ductless heat pump contracting business and is the team leader for the SWPA Initiative, Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS).  Linda was a founding board member of Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS).

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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Passive House Science

NOTE: the following article originally ran in BreakingGround Magazine – http://www.mbawpa.org/breaking_ground.asp Odds are very high that if you are a reader of BreakingGround Magazine that you are familiar with green building certification programs. After all these sustainable programs have been around for decades and heck one could debate that we live in the birthplace of […]

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Thoughtful Balance’s Recent Passive House Project: Did We or Did We Not?

We have completed our McKeesport Downtown Housing project, 84 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for people at risk for homelessness.  It is a remarkable project in several ways; it is the first attempt at a complex multi-family retrofit as a Passive House in the country, it is a historic building insulated from the inside, […]

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