Call for Papers (Closed)

CLOSED – Thank you to everyone who submitted! Please allow a few weeks to hear back from the PHIUS Tech Committee.

Please note adjusted paper deadline dates below.

The call for the 9th annual North American Passive House Conference presentation papers is open. If you would like to present at NAPHC2014 please:

  • Katrin Klingenberg PresentingSubmit a brief (1-page) abstract of the subject you intend to investigate, your methods, and an estimation of what findings you might expect. Email your abstract (Word or PDF) to: no later than June 1, 2014 June 15, 2014!
  • All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the PHIUS Technical Committee. Expect a response by late-June.
  • If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to present at the Conference at the San Francisco Waterfront Marriott, September 12-13, 2014. Each selected presentation will receive a 35 minute time slot + 5 minutes for Q&A.*
  • If your abstract is accepted, you will also be asked to expand it to a 6-page paper (including images) with the PHIUS Tech Committee’s input. The complete paper is due no later than July 22, 2014.
  • The PHIUS Tech Committee may offer final feedback after reviewing the complete paper. The finished paper with all necessary edits must be submitted to no later than August 15, 2014.
  • Your final paper will be published in the Conference Proceedings (2013 Proceedings still available).

*Longer or team presentations will also be considered — please email us your format ideas!

Suggested subject areas are listed below–but they are suggestions. If you have a passive building presentation that the broader community would find valuable, submit away! Also, you might find it useful to reference last year’s conference topics, as described in last year’s conference schedule.

Suggested areas of focus for 2014:

Standards/Quality Control

  • Testing protocols for equipment, components and materials
  • Monitored performance data and monitoring systems
  • Coordinating passive building specific practices with existing conventions
  • PHIUS+ Raters quality assurance issues.

Builders: Implementation and Best Practice Details

  • Case studies
  • Details
  • Cost effective strategies
  • Site management issues
  • Materials/components & installation
  • Code issues
  • The business of building passive house

Passive Building Science and Tools

  • Emerging successful wall assemblies by climate
  • Dynamic modeling topics and design optimization
  • Window performance and design, climate specific requirements
  • WUFI Passive case studies
  • Retrofit building science (e.g the challenge of interior masonry wall insulation, thermal bridge assessment and mitigation, etc.)

Business and Marketing

  • Modernizing financing/appraisal/lending tools and processes
  • Calculating net value of present savings
  • Emerging business models for designers, builders, and energy professionals and manufacturers
  • Business case studies: making the business case

Affordable Housing Implementations

  • Financing and incentives
  • Case studies: single and multifamily

Commercial: Big Buildings

  • Financing and incentives
  • Case studies

Mechanical Systems (As They Address Specific Climate Concerns)

  • Micro-load whole systems (components including distribution)
  • Electricity and lighting
  • Fresh air conditioning
  • Hot water
  • Choosing/optimizing components and efficiencies for best primary energy results
  • Plus energy and electric mobility systems design

Passive Building as a Foundation for Other Approaches:

  • Living Building Challenge
  • Zero, Plus Energy, and Architecture 2030
  • Electro mobility

*If you are selected to present, you’ll receive discounted registration to the Main Conference.