Pre-Conference

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

Room Bayside I Bayside II Salon G/H Salon I/J Santa Clara
Sept. 10
8:00am – Noon THERM Workshop PHIUS+ Rater (Application required) Whole Systems Mechanical Design  

WUFI Passive 

1:00 – 5:00pm Window Workshop PHIUS+ Rater Commercial Projects  

WUFI Passive 

Sept. 11
8:00am – Noon Passive Building Science Fundamentals PHIUS+ Rater Multi-Family-Palooza  

WUFI Passive

1:00 – 5:00pm Passive Building Science Fundamentals PHIUS+ Rater  

 

Multi-Family-Palooza

WUFI Passive Domestic Hot Water Systems

WUFI Passive

2-Day Workshops:

making the most of wufi passive

September 10 – 11, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructors: Prudence FerreiraMatthias Pazold – Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics
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In static mode, WUFI Passive works much like PHPP—but dynamic modeling sets WUFI Passive apart, and offers Certified Passive House Consultants higher levels of precision. 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.
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phius+ rater training

Application required: email training@passivehouse.us
September 10 – 11, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructors: John Semmelhack, Terry Brennan
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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 course is led by experts: John Semmelhack, the lead trainer and program manager of the PHIUS+ program will be joined by a long time leader in the passive field, Terry Brennan, who will contribute multifamily project experience from his New York-centered practice.

The program includes a trip to a Bay 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 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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1-Day Workshops:

multi-family-palooza

September 11, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructors: David Posada, Peter Reppe, Jan Fillinger, Win Swafford, Dylan Lamar, Chris Benedict, Jesse Thompson
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Multifamily and passive are a perfect match—that’s why the multifamily market is taking off. If you want to tap into that growth, join this panel of architects, CPHCs and mechanical engineers representing the design teams of five of the first U.S. passive multifamily projects. Learn the dos and don’ts from professionals who’ve been there. Combined, these panel members have completed projects in Brooklyn, NY (24 units); Portland, OR (18 units); Eugene, OR (12 units); plus two in-progress projects, one in Pittsburgh, PA (24 units) and Portland, OR (64 units). These pioneering practitioners have graciously agreed to share their invaluable learning experiences, offering their recommendations, details and systems designs, so that you won’t have to re-invent the wheel. Don’t miss this one if there is a multifamily project on your professional horizon.
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passive building science fundamentals

September 11, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Joe Lstiburek – Building Science Corporation
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Successful passive design and implementation requires a solid understanding of the underlying building science principles. If you plan to take the PHIUS CPHC program – or even if you have taken it but would like to dive deeper into building science fundamentals – this course is for you! Spend a full day with Dr. Joe Lstiburek—a building science innovator and leader—and you will leave with a foundation of building science knowledge that you’ll find invaluable in your entire practice—not just passive house.
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1/2-Day Workshops:

therm workshop: using therm to quantify thermal bridges

September 10, 8:00 am – noon
Instructors: Graham Wright, Lisa White
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Thermal bridges create two kinds of issues: energy loss, and low interior surface temperatures that can cause condensation and mold. The workshop will cover calculation methods for addressing both issues using THERM. It will also touch on quick estimation of point thermal bridges, and demonstrate the 3D modeling capability in WUFI Passive.
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window workshop: window calculations for cphc’s and simulators

September 10, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Graham Wright
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Here’s a workshop that will be useful for CPHCs (Certified Passive House Consultant) as well as NFRC and PHIUS window simulators. For CPHCs, calculating thermal bridges for window installations is critical. This workshop covers the install calculations that designers need to get right. From there, it goes into details about how to calculate the window properties themselves using THERM and WINDOW – center-of-glass properties, frame u-value, and spacer thermal bridge coefficients.
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whole systems mechanical and duct design for residential projects

September 10, 8:00 am – noon
Instructor: Ryan Abendroth
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The seminar focuses on mechanical system design strategies that meet the goals of low energy use and passive house design. The focus will be on integrated systems and determination of both space conditioning and ventilation systems in various passive house projects. Emphasis will be on ERV/HRV decisions, duct sizing, distribution layout, preheat/defrost solutions, space planning, and system integration depending on climate and design.
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commercial projects

September 10, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Adam Cohen
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Schools, office buildings, dormitories – passive house is a misnomer, really, as passive building principles can achieve passive standards in large-scale commercial applications. Adam Cohen is on the leading edge of commercial passive building (including the Center for Energy Efficient Design) in the United States. This class will cover the differing intricacies of commercial passive building design and delivery.

If you have taken other PHIUS trainings – Certified Passive House Consultant, PHIUS Certified Builder or PHIUS Rater – you should consider this one. This workshop will help you put your passive building knowledge to work – creating great performing passive buildings, happy customers, and – revenue!
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in pursuit of zero water: how to design the most efficient domestic hot water system (dhw) for passive projects

September 11, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Gary Klein
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A home where occupants waste no more than 2 cups of water per hot water draw? Don’t believe it? Come and learn how to do it. It’ll help your project to live up to the stringent PHIUS+ water standards.

Water is already a critical issue here in California. Forecasts indicate the Southwest is only going to get drier, as will the Great Plains and the Midwest. Water may soon become a more critical issue than energy but we, as passive house designers, need to take responsibility to save both energy and water.

Gary Klein is the country’s foremost expert in water systems design. A passive house that uses a tenth of space conditioning energy should certainly be just as exceptional in terms of water usage and that starts with the design of the hot water distribution system.
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