Available Slides from Symposium Sessions

Passive House is reaching new heights in Massachusetts and 2019 Passive House Symposium was a showcase of this incredible momentum. See below for a collection a presentations from the event (more may be added at later dates). Thank you to our wonderful speakers and all those who attended!  

Opening Plenary

After welcoming remarks from Beverly Craig of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on the momentum Passive House has now achieved in the state, Katrin Klingenberg, Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Passive House Institute, U.S., will present on the PHIUS+2018 and PHIUS+Core updates to certification metrics and how they impact source energy, with a focus on how larger projects are addressed and how we can keep this momentum growing.

Opening Remarks: Passive House Momentum in Massachusetts  - presented by Beverly Craig, MassCEC
PHIUS Updates, Source Energy, and the Future of Passive House - presented by Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Institute U.S.

Closing Session: Scaling the Passive House Market in Massachusetts

An incentive program for multi-family Passive House buildings has now been launched from Mass Save. This session will feature two developers who are using this program to make their projects Passive - and then welcome representatives of the program to review the details, answer your questions, and discuss how these incentives set-up the future of Passive House and low-carbon building in the state. More details at phmass.org/masssave

Mass Save Passive House Incentives - presented by Brendan Giza-Sisson, Eversource, and Mark Pignatelli, ICF
Northland Development PH project - presented by Michelle Lambert, Lambert Sustainability
Mark Development PH project - Presented by David Roache, Mark Development

What’s So Different About Designing for Passive House Multifamily?

This session will present on two in-development, multifamily projects right here in Boston: POAH’s Mattapan Station and Beacon’s Old Colony Phase 3. Featuring Julie Klump of Preservation of Affordable Housing and Nate Thomas of Beacon Communities.

Part 1 - presented by Julie Klump
Part 2 - presented by Nate Thomas

Affordable Passive House Case Studies: Lessons from Projects Underway

This session presents on lessons learned from ongoing multifamily projects in the Cambridge and Hanson.

Part 1 - presented by Jane Carbone, Homeowner's Rehab, Inc.
Part 2 - presented by Evan Fink, Dakota Partners, and Jesse Thompson, Kaplan Thompson Architects

Glass Towers and Passive House: A "How To" Guide

Can glass towers be energy efficient? What about Passive House glass towers? This presentation Dylan Martello of Steven Winter Associates, focuses on the technical challenges associated with designing and building energy efficient curtain wall systems. Lessons learned from the design of the Passive House Pilot Project – Winthrop Center, located in downtown Boston – will be shared. The key topics of the presentation are how density and internal gains affect the design of curtain wall buildings, the typical challenges and constraints with high-rise curtain wall, the current status of the US market of curtain wall systems, and the thermal analysis required to evaluate customized curtain wall systems used in Passive House projects.

Glass Towers, Curtain Walls, and Passive House - presented by Dylan Martello, Steven Winter Associates

Passive House and Net-Zero Policy in Massachusetts

In this session Rebecca Winterich-Knox of the Mass Climate Action Network will present on ongoing initiatives to update the state building code for Net-Zero and Passive House construction and Dan Ruben of Green Newton will discuss efforts on a municipal level to include Passive House as part of local policies. Betsy Harper of the PHMA Board will the discuss how these efforts are spreading throughout the state. Learn how an updated building code will impact Passive House, what actions you can take to influence it, and what local communities are doing to move to low-carbon, net-zero, Passive House construction.

Passive House and Net-Zero Policy in Massachusetts - presented by Rebecca Winterich-Knox, MCAN, Dan Ruben, Green Newton, and Betsy Harper, PHMA

Ventilation in Multifamily Passive House Buildings

This presentation from James Petersen of Petersen Engineering will discuss ventilation design fundamentals and best practices in multi-family residential for successful indoor air quality outcomes including how changes and advancements in technology, codes, enclosures, occupant expectations, and the climate keep the practice of HVAC design in flux.

Ventilation in Passive House - presented by James Petersen, Petersen Engineering



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