Pre-Conference

This year, as in the past, PHIUS will present several intensive technical workshops before the main conference begins.

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Room I – Water Tower II – Gold Coast III – Buckingham IV – Comiskey PHIUS Offices
Sept. 9
8:00am – Noon #1 WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: comfort analysis, multi zone, hygrothermal analysis etc. [Antretter]* #2 WUFI Passive: static passive house verification basics [White] #3 WUFI Passive: Advanced Modeling for Multifamily Projects [Ferreira] #4 FREE
WORKSHOP:
Introduction to PHIUS Climate Specific Standards; Tools & Components
[Klingenberg]
#12 PHIUS+ Certified RATERS Training  [McTaggart](requires separate application & registration)
1:00 – 5:00pm #1 WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: comfort analysis, multi zone, hygrothermal analysis etc.[Antretter] #2 WUFI Passive: static passive house verification basics [White] #3 WUFI Passive: Advanced Modeling for Multifamily Projects [Ferreira] #5 HVAC for multi-family and commercial passive buildings [Staengl] #12 PHIUS+ Certified RATERS Training  [McTaggart]
Sept. 10 I – Water Tower II – Gold Coast III – Buckingham  IV – Comiskey  PHIUS Offices
8:00am – Noon #1 WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: comfort analysis, multi zone, hygrothermal analysis etc.[Antretter] #6 Multifamily Hootenanny Part 1  [Various] #7 Passive Building Science Fundamentals & Ventilation for Multifamily Passive Buildings [Lstiburek]Presentation PDF via BSC Archives #8 Design Optimization: Practical Strategies and Exercises for Heating-Dominated Climates: High Performance, Low Energy Details in the Field  [Wagner]** #12 PHIUS+ Certified RATERS Training  [McTaggart]
1:00 – 5:00pm #1 WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic: comfort analysis, multi zone, hygrothermal analysis etc.[Antretter] #9 Multifamily Hootenanny Part 2 [Various] #10 Hot Water Systems for Multifamily Passive House Designs [Klein] #11 Passive Houses and Renewables – designing for positive energy [Rosenbaum]*** #12 PHIUS+ Certified RATERS Training  [McTaggart]

**#1 WUFI Passive/Plus Dynamic with Florian Antretter is at capacity. Please email conference@passivehouse.us to be added to the wait-list for this workshop.

**#8 Thorsten has had to cancel his session due to illness, but Rachel Wagner of Wagner Zaun Architects in Duluth, the architect on the Skyline House, which was on the 3rd NAPHC Passive Projects Tour in 2007, has graciously agreed to present in his stead. Please see below for her take on Heating Dominated Climates.

***#11 Passive Houses and Renewables – designing for positive energy with Marc Rosenbaum is at capacity.

WUFI Passive Class with Prudence

2-day workshop: wufi passive/plus dynamic: comfort analysis, multi zone, hygrothermal analysis etc (#1)

September 9 – 10, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Florian Antretter 

This two-day program will do a deep dive into dynamic modeling, as well as comfort analysis, multizone analysis, and hygrothermal modeling. Whether you’re a CPHC who’s been introduced to WUFI Passive during training, or a user of any of the other WUFI suite programs, or an experienced PHPP user who wants to take things to the next level—you’ll find this workshop invaluable to your practice.

* This workshop is currently at capacity. Please email conference@passivehouse.us to be added to the wait-list.

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1-day workshop: wufi passive: static passive house verification basics (#2)

Day 1: September 9, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Lisa White, PHIUS Certification Manger

If you have been practicing as a CPHC and feel that the new software and standards developments have been bypassing you and you want to come up to speed with the new WUFI Passive tool because all the new capabilities really are useful in your practice, then this class is a great kick-starter for you. Lisa White, as the PHIUS Certification Manager, is likely one of the most WUFI Passive static side practiced CPHCs out there and it behooves everyone to learn from her first hand the tricks of the WUFI Passive trade. She will teach the equivalent track in WUFI Passive to the PHPP model and it should be an easy switch for those who already have been working in that tool for a while. After taking this class you’ll be set up with a solid foundation in the basic steps of WUFI Passive static modeling and you will know how to use the tools to design and verify your projects to the new PHIUS+ Climate Specific Passive Building Standards.

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1-day workshop: wufi passive: advanced modeling for multifamily projects (#3)

Day 1: September 9, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Prudence Ferreira, PHIUS CPHC Instructor

Passive building has moved quickly into larger multifamily building typologies over the past two years and it has become apparent that larger buildings require critical additional skills from the CPHC. One of those critical skills are more granular modeling techniques using software tools with greater capabilities than just simple static energy balancing. The success of the project depends greatly on these consultant skills and tool characteristics. Prudence will present an overview of the additional skills and tool functions needed. Examples for those are knowledge of multi-zone modeling and dynamic thermal comfort checks for those various zones. This class will be a great set up class on how to organize and input a multi-zone model for a multifamily project properly. It will also introduce the dynamic side of the model to arrive at thermal comfort checks outputs as well as assuring the hygrothermal performance of all envelope components. And all that in one model! Learning from the best: A class not to miss taught by the most experienced WUFI Passive static and dynamic modeler and trainer in the country.

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1/2-day free workshop: introduction to phius+ climate specific passive building standards, principles, and phius programs (#4)

Day 1: September 9, 8:00 am – noon
Instructors: Katrin Klingenberg

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1/2-day workshop: hvac for multi-family and commercial passive buildings (#5)

Day 1: September 9, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructors: Galen Staengl

How do Passive House principals apply to HVAC systems for large multi-family and non-residential buildings in the US? How can we minimize system costs to help pay for passive envelopes? We will explore these questions and talk about the relevant design issues. We will also discuss lessons learned from applying Passive House principals to several multi-family and non-residential projects.

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1/2-day workshop: multifamily hootennany: part 1 (#6)

Day 2: September 10, 8:00 am – noon
Presenters: Pittsburgh Team: Linda Metropulos, Jeffrey Davis, Doborah Clark, Jesse Thompson, Rob Hosken; Maine Team: Colin Schless, Diane Schless, Erin Cooperrider, Benedict Walter; New York Team: Chris Benedict, Henry Gifford; & more…

Developers, Architects, CPHCs and mechanical engineers, representing the project teams of completed and underway US multifamily projects (Brooklyn, NYC, Pittsburgh and Maine) will be presented and examined in great detail: From how to structure financing of such projects to planning and execution. First hand experiences are shared of does and don’ts. These pioneer teams and practitioners have graciously agreed to share their invaluable learning experiences and most appropriate recommendations, details and systems designs with you so that you will not have to learn the same lessons again on your first multifamily project. Don’t miss this one if there is a multifamily project on your professional horizon.

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1/2-day workshop: building science & ventilation of multifamily projects (#7)

Day 2: September 10, 8:00 am – noon
Instructor: Joe Lstiburek, Building Science Corporation

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1/2-day workshop: design optimization: practical strategies and exercises for heating-dominated climates: high performance, low energy details in the field (#8)

Day 2: September 10, 8:00 am – noon
Instructor: Rachel Wagner, Wagner Zaun Architecture

High performance design and construction should effectively address energy, moisture, durability, comfort and health. This session will explore limitations and solutions for Passive House and other low-energy buildings in heating-dominated climates. Emphasis will be on the use of integrated design to take theory into practice to create homes that are healthy, durable, and low energy.

Depending upon how you look at it, either “the devil is in the details” or “god is in the details.” Either way, details matter. This session will feature details for new construction, used repeatedly and successfully in single-family homes in a very cold climate. Examples include assemblies for double stud walls, single stud walls with rigid foam sheathing, insulated slab foundations, insulated basements, air sealing details, window installation, and rainscreen cladding systems. Discussion will also address the importance of integrated design with regard to solar optimization, materials, assemblies, systems and energy balance. Drawings and photos of built examples are plentiful and detailed.

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1/2-day workshop: multifamily hootennany: part 2 (#9)

Day 2: September 10, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Presenters: Pittsburgh Team: Linda Metropulos, Jeffrey Davis, Doborah Clark, Jesse Thompson, Rob Hosken; Maine Team: Colin Schless, Diane Schless, Erin Cooperrider, Benedict Walter; New York Team: Chris Benedict, Henry Gifford; & more…

Developers, Architects, CPHCs and mechanical engineers, representing the project teams of completed and underway US multifamily projects (Brooklyn, NYC, Pittsburgh and Maine) will be presented and examined in great detail: From how to structure financing of such projects to planning and execution. First hand experiences are shared of does and don’ts. These pioneer teams and practitioners have graciously agreed to share their invaluable learning experiences and most appropriate recommendations, details and systems designs with you so that you will not have to learn the same lessons again on your first multifamily project. Don’t miss this one if there is a multifamily project on your professional horizon.

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1/2 day workshop-hot water systems for multifamily passive house designs (#10)

Day 2: September 10, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Gary Klein

Once we build a very high performance building from the perspective of heating, cooling and ventilation and install high efficiency lighting and plug loads, we are left with what to do about hot water. Hot water is a system: heater, distribution piping, plumbing fixtures and appliances, waste heat that runs down the drain. This session will discuss practical measures you can incorporate into your next project that result in high performance hot water systems and very satisfied customers.  We will demonstrate the principles, not just discuss them. At the end of this class you will go away with at least one drawing that has the most energy, water and time efficient layout for that floor plan.

Prerequisite: Bring at least 1 floor plan of a project that is currently under design or one that you have built. On one drawing, show the location of the water heater and the hot water plumbing fixtures and appliances. On the second drawing of the same floor plan show the location of the hot water system that has been installed, or that you plan to install. Plan view or sectional view, depending on heights and orientation is fine. Just show the main lines. If you do not have a multi-family project, bring a single family house.

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1/2-day workshop: passive houses and renewables: designing for positive energy (#11)

Day 2: September 10, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Marc Rosenbaum

We’ll take a look at what Passive Houses and similar high performance homes are actually using for energy, and how that energy breaks down by end use. Using PV Watts software, we’ll estimate how much electricity can be harvested in different climates and array orientations, and the timing of that energy vs. loads. System configurations, product types and characteristics, and other nuts and bolts aspects of installations will be covered. Some case studies will be presented. Finally, we’ll look at how the field is evolving and how battery storage and thermal storage may affect system design.

*** This workshop is currently at capacity.

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2-day training: phius+ rater training (#12)

Application & separate registration required: email training@passivehouse.us

September 9 – 10, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Chris McTaggart, PHIUS+ Rater Program Manager

PHIUS+ certification has grown exponentially since its introduction in 2012. For good reason: it keeps the promises of passive building. PHIUS+ is the only passive building certification that includes rigorous, third-party, RESNET-approved quality assurance protocols. This course is for

  • CalCerts Level 2 Raters
  • RESNET Raters in good standing

You’ll learn to do quality assurance on passive buildings (RESNET Raters will also learn to give passive houses an accurate HERS rating).

The program includes a trip to a Chicago Area passive house to go through a commissioning protocol onsite. A final test at the end of day two qualifies participants as certified PHIUS+ Raters.

Application does not guarantee certification. Certified Passive House Consultants (PHIUS CPHC) are eligible to become PHIUS+ raters, but once qualified, cannot rate their own projects. Additional course information + application/registration/payment available on PHIUS’s site.

To apply, send an e-mail to training@passivehouse.us and include the following:

  • Resume on you and your company
  • Current RESNET status and standing
  • Current/past providers’ contact information with dates of when they were your provider
  • Proof of general liability Insurance
  • Example report from a rating that you presented to a client

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