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The Humid Climate Conference Is Gonna Rock!


The first ever Humid Climate Conference is being held next month in Austin, Texas. Kristof Irwin and I have been kicking this idea around for a couple of years now, and he’s making it happen. It’s a one-day event on 6 May with some great speakers. It’s being hosted by the Austin chapter of the Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) in partnership with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and PHAUS. In other words, the emphasis is on high performance buildings.

The speakers at the conference are:

  • Dr. Joseph Lstiburek
  • Katrin Klingenberg
  • Robert Bean
  • Dason Whitsett

In addition, I’ll be moderating a panel of the speakers at the end of the day. There’s a possibility that Dr. Achilles Karagiozis may join the fun as well.

Austin is a great city and this is going to be a great conference. If you want to learn more about building science for humid climates, get yourself registered. The cost right now is only $150. If you’re a member of PHAUS, it’s only $125. But those fees go up on 16 April.


One more thing. If you’re a bat fan, as I am, the nightly Austin bat show ought to be really good in early May. I went down to the Congress Avenue bridge last night and watched probably hundreds of thousands of bats pour out from the bridge at sunset. (I’m in town because the Affordable Comfort conference just finished.) In the photo below, that’s not smoke above the trees; it’s bats!

A cloud of bats above the trees in Austin, Texas

See you there!


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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Will there be sessions
    Will there be sessions regarding dehumidification by HVAC?

  2. Yes. Low load homes in humid
    Yes. Low load homes in humid climates can’t really get away with an HVAC strategy that doesn’t include dehumidification.

  3. You getting Matt Risinger in
    You getting Matt Risinger in on the action?

  4. I’ve just taken a Builders
    I’ve just taken a Builders course with the PHIUS folks and am eager to learn on all of
    these related topics as much as possible. So I wonder, do you know if there will be
    video or audio coverage of the event made available here, or on any other site, for
    those who are not able to attend?

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