Quick Report on the Passive House Conference in Denver

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As I sit here getting ready to head for the airport, a lot of thoughts about what I've experienced and heard here at the Passive House conference are swirling around my head. They haven't really congealed into a coherent body yet, but I thought I'd write this quick report of the conference to give you a feel for how it went—and what you missed if you weren't here.

First, the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) folks pulled off a great feat by getting Joe Lstiburek (shown at left) to open the conference and Amory Lovins to close it. Two of my major heros in the energy and building science worlds!

Second, there was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement here. I don't know what the actual number of attendees was but it seemed to be in the 400 to 500 range, and the folks I talked to were all really excited about the program.

Third, there are a lot of smart folks involved with Passive House and they're doing a lot of interesting work. They're trying to figure out how to handle latent loads in Louisiana with a building envelope that makes the sensible loads really small. They're trying to understand what types of ventilation systems make the most sense. They're pushing for PHIUS to adapt the standards to suit our climate zones and issues rather than Europe's.

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Overall, I came away really impressed by what I saw. I'll write more about this soon, but for now, I'll leave you with Amory Lovins's TED talk on Reinventing Fire, which is the 20 minute version of the 45 minute talk he gave here yesterday.


Debra Little

Thanks for the quick glimpse! Lkg forward to more! 

Dave Eakin

Alison - I really wanted to hear what Dr Joe had to say at the Passive House conference (since he is not an advocate of their methodology). Looking forward to a more in-depth review. The TED "talk" link was fantastic (as most are) and really underscores how the future could be if enough industrialists "get on board" and push past the entrenched status quo.

Ken Bailes

Had to post this since Allison mentioned the exciting work being done in Louisiana! They the Citizens "Fighting Tigers" of Louisiana are trying to save themselves from the politicians again!  
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