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PHWPA: Energy Recovery Ventilation and Passive House

Join PHWPA for their July presentation at GBA’s office!

 

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A detailed presentation pertaining to energy recovery ventilation and how it relates to ventilation strategies in Passive House design. There will be discussion relating to how heat exchangers deal with frost, detailed maintenance on the machine, and installation details.

​Presenter:

​Jason Morosko, MSME

Vice President, Engineering

Ultimate Air, Inc. 

Ultimate Air is a research firm, designer, and manufacturer of leading technology air to air heat exchangers.  Jason Morosko is a twelve year veteran in this field, in addition to holding a bachelors and masters degree in heat transfer engineering.  Jason became a Certified Passive House Consultant, and has taught the curriculum to become a Certified Passive House Consultant.  He has built his own passive house duplex, and has consulted on various passive house projects in the particular areas of mechanical systems, shell design, and ventilation.

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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: “Off the Grid? There Was No Grid!”

Join us for a project review of Sant Lespwa, a recipient of the AIA 2015 National Honor Award for Architecture.  The session will walk through sustainable design aspects resulting in an off the grid project that actively engaged the local community in the design and construction process.

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Image Credit: Sarah Spanagel

Sant Lespwa, which is Haitian for “Center of Hope”, was commissioned by World Vision and is located in a rural region in Haiti.  The project is a community resource center providing support, education, and skill building opportunities. Careful planning for natural ventilation, daylighting, water collection, sewage treatment, and electricity generation resulted in a completely self-sufficient building in a region where there are no public utilities and limited access to water.  Construction included on-the-job skills training for over 100 residents. The participatory and empathetic process created an uplifting environment that inspires hope.

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Image courtesy of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

Mike Gwin
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, Principal
Director of Design
AIA, LEED AP, CPHC

PHWPA image3Mike Gwin is a principal with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, Mike is a registered architect, LEED-accredited professional, and Certified Passive House Consultant. In his 15 years of experience, Mike has consistently received architectural and sustainable design merit for successful project outcomes, including over 30 design awards at the local, state, and national levels. On numerous accounts, projects have included the adaptive reuse of existing structures into meaningful design solutions that align with our clients’ unique vision. In his role as Director of Design with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, Mike not only leads projects that deliver innovative design solutions but also fosters a collaborative culture in the design process that encourages the integration of both technical and inspirational goals from initial concept through technical detailing and construction administration. Mike’s interest in mentoring project innovation and advancement of conceptual ideas has connected him with Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture as an Adjunct Studio Instructor. Mike is currently a member of the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors working to advance our professional organization’s mission.

Passive House WPA

PHWPA is a membership organization dedicated to lowering energy use in buildings. PHWPA’s goal is to provide education, 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 : 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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