Pre-Conference Schedule

WORKSHOPS & TRAININGS

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION | PHIUS+ Verifier Training Application+Registration | CPHC EXAM Registration

Pre-conference workshops

Locations to be announced

CPHC Exam: Thursday, December 5, 4pm – 7pm, location TBA


1: PHIUS+ VERIFIER TRAINING 

2-1/2 DAY TRAINING:  December 3 – 4: 8am – 5pm, December 5: 8am – Noon

PRICE: $625 – General admission; $575 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

INSTRUCTOR: Chris McTaggart, CPHC, PHIUS Certified Trainer, the BER

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REQUIRED: Applicants must submit resume, CV or certifications showing: RESNET or BPI Analyst certification, on-site verification experience, or similar. Please see PHIUS+ Verifier Training page for complete program details, application instructions and registration.

The PHIUS+ Verifier Program qualifies professionals to execute QA/QC on large-scale multifamily and commercial buildings. Verifiers learn protocols specific to low- and mid-rise projects.

Instructor Chris McTaggart is Co-Principal at Building Efficiency Resources (BER), a national third-party RESNET QA Provider working with independent rating companies throughout the United States. McTaggart brings a background rich in research, analysis and logic developed both through his professional experience and formal education at Michigan State University.

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2: INTRODUCTION TO WUFI® PLUS DYNAMIC: Whole Building Energy Balancing, Comfort and Hygrothermal Analysis

2-DAY TRAINING: December 4 – 5, 8am – 5pm

PRICE: $625 – General admission; $575 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

INSTRUCTOR: Florian Antretter, Fraunhofer IBP

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REQUIRED: WINDOWS Laptop (or WINDOWS capable MAC)
Taught by one of the authors of the software, this two-day program will do a deep dive into dynamic modeling, comfort analysis, multi-zone analysis, and hygrothermal modeling in WUFI. Whether you’re a CPHC® who had an introduction to WUFI Passive during training, 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.

Course instructor Florian Antretter, Building Physicist and Group Manager at Fraunhofer IBP, is one of the developers of the WUFI Passive/Plus platform and knows the software better than anyone else. He is a fantastic instructor and his trainings with the PHIUS community have consistently garnered rave reviews. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the best and gain an in-depth introduction to the advanced dynamic modeling capabilities of the most advanced passive building modeling tool on the market.

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3: WUFI® PASSIVE PRACTICE SESSION: PHIUS+ Passive Building Design & Verification tool Refresher

1-DAY WORKSHOP: December 4, 8am – 5pm

PRICE: $250 – General admission; $200 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa White, CPHC, PHIUS Certified Trainer; James Ortega, CPHC, PHIUS Certified Trainer

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REQUIRED: WINDOWS Laptop (or WINDOWS capable MAC), prior CPHC or WUFI-Passive training

Taught by the leaders of the PHIUS Certification Team and CPHC certified trainers, this one-day program will review the WUFI Passive design and verification steps in detail. It will include some tips and tricks to help successfully model a project for PHIUS+ Certification compliance. This workshop is intended as a refresher for those who have taken prior WUFI Passive training, and will be more fast-paced than an introductory course.

The instructors have reviewed countless WUFI Passive certification submissions in all climates and for all building typologies. They will use this knowledge to focus the workshop on the areas that have proven to be hurdles for project submitters, and will guide students to optimize their modeling workflows. Students will learn how to enter a building from start to finish, as well as how to analyze reports and troubleshoot if performance targets are not met. Take advantage of this opportunity to gain an in-depth introduction to the most intuitive passive building modeling tool on the market.

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4: THE PERFECT WALL MEETS THE PERFECT MECHANICAL SYSTEM

1-DAY WORKSHOP: December 5, 8am – 5pm

PRICE: $250 – General admission; $200 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Joe Lstiburek

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Dr. Joe hardly needs introduction, but just because, here goes: Joseph Lstiburek is the founding principal of Building Science Corporation. Dr. Lstiburek’s work ranges widely, from providing expert witness testimony to to overseeing research and development projects, to … oh forget it. All you need to know is the guy has his own damn Wikipedia page.

Here is what Joe says he will tackle with you in this workshop. (Let’s call it integrated design on steroids! Don’t miss this one! Should be a hell lot of fun.)

“How does building enclosure design change from single family low rise to multi-family high rise?  And from commercial buildings to institutional buildings?  How does mechanical system design change with these differing building enclosures?  And then how does all of this change based on climate?  Then let’s do all of this with retrofits….” Joe Lstiburek

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5: PASSIVE HOUSE 101: A PRIMER FOR PROFESSIONALS AND POLICY MAKERS 

1/2 DAY WORKSHOP: December 4, 9am – Noon

PRICE: Only $5!

LOCATION: TBD

INSTRUCTOR: Katrin Klingenberg, CPHC, PHIUS Certified Trainer, PHIUS

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Registration required – Only $5!

Are you new to passive building, interested in applying it to your business or in your policy making and need a crash course in passive building fundamentals? Then this workshop is for you! We will start with an overview of passive house history, discuss in detail the underpinnings and the rationale for passive building standards and the five core principles/strategies that are employed when successfully designing a passive building in various climates. We’ll take a more specific look at current certification processes, benefits of certification, overall certification trends and successful example policy/incentive efforts from around the country.

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6: DETAILING FOR LARGE SCALE NON-COMBUSTIBLE PASSIVE BUILDINGS

HALF DAY WORKSHOP: December 4, 1pm – 5pm

PRICE: $125 – General admission; $100 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

PRESENTERS: Prudence Ferreira, CPHC, PHIUS Certified Trainer, Morrison Hershfield; Co-presenter TBD

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This workshop will survey assemblies and detailing strategies for major intersections and tricky transitions that occur in non-combustible large scale passive buildings. We will discuss curtain wall, unitized and site-built facades, and survey specialized facade components currently available in North America. We will cover strategies for podium parking, elevator and stair towers, balconies, parapets and thresholds and touch on field implications of envelope approaches including crane and bosun chair requirements.

Prudence Ferreira is one of the most richly experienced, highly accomplished passive building professionals in the world. She currently services as Lead Passive House Practitioner at the highly esteemed building science firm Morrison Hershfield.  Her credentials include LEED AP BD+C, LEED for Homes Rater, GreenPoint Rater Certified Title 24 Energy Analyst, Hygrothermic Analyst, and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®). She is a PHIUS Certified CPHC® Trainer, core curriculum developer, and exam author for Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), and teaches the CPHC® training program and advanced passive house technical workshops around the US. She helped train over 500 CPHCs. Ferreira has also taught hygrothermal analysis around the US as a certified instructor for the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics and Oakridge National Lab’s WUFI-ORNL program. Ferreira currently serves on the PHIUS Board of Directorsand as a member of the PHIUS Technical Committee.

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7: MICROGRID DESIGN FOR MULTIFAMILY WITH PHIUS+ AS BASELINE

1-DAY WORKSHOP: December 5, 8am – 5pm

PRICE: $250 – General admission; $200 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

PRESENTERS: Lisa White, PHIUS; Marc Rosenbaum, South Mountain,;Mike LeBeau, John Sarter, SolLux Alpha; others TBD

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Passive/zero energy buildings are at the core of the new renewable grid. They are a strategy that makes the individual buildings and the overall grid more resilient. If organized in micro-grids the whole system becomes even more resilient and cost effective. This workshop will center around example nano-grid (small micro-grids) projects that have passive building at their core and will illustrate why the two are the key to an effective, even profitable and resilient grid design. We’ll take a close look at two successful multifamily micro-grid case studies, one in California and one in Washington DC—both employing strategies to reduce demand load first, including PHIUS+ certification.

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8: CURRENT BEST PRACTICE FOR UTILIZATION OF HEAT PUMPS IN PHIUS COMPLIANT PROJECTS

1-DAY WORKSHOP: December 4, 8am – 5pm

PRICE: $250 – General admission; $200 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

PRESENTERS:  Kimberly Llewellyn, Ryan Flynn, David Treleven, Mitsubishi Electric; CPHC TBD

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The goal of this training is to provide a practical process by which designers can quantify loads and size HVACD systems for PHIUS+ compliant projects. We also aim to deepen attendees’ understanding of the load profiles in their buildings. Particular attention will be paid to partial loads and the latent loads associated with ventilation during these conditions. We will discuss the challenges posed by low load spaces as well as review common misapplications alongside their performance consequences. We will also define and compare Sensible Heat Ratios of spaces to Sensible Heat Fractions of mechanical equipment.

The instructors are some of the most experienced mechanical systems designers in the passive building community. They have been on the leading edge of problem-solving for passive projects. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn from the best!

AGENDA: TBD

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9: PATH TO ZERO: Affordable Multifamily Passive House & Building Summit

1-DAY WORKSHOP: December 5, 8am – 5pm

PRICE: $250 – General admission; $200 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

PRESENTERS (multiple): TDB

Passive Building Developers round table: TBD

Cost-optimized design strategies for affordable passive projects: Mike Steffen, Walsh Construction

Project Team Presentations: TBD

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Are you new to affordable passive multifamily developments and uncertain where to go to get started? Attend this all-day workshop to learn step by step from experienced developers, representatives from affordable financial institutions, and an accomplished  builder about strategies to meet PHIUS+ and come in under budget. You’ll also hear from the full spectrum of successful team members– from architect and CPHC® to mechanical engineer, builder and PHIUS+ Verifier – who will share their experience on completed projects in detail. as well as how important the integrated design process is to success.

The workshop will start with the developers’ perspective: planning process and putting together often challenging financing packages. During a round table discussion we will highlight crucial planning steps and how to put together the right team. We will discuss existing as well as emerging funding options.

The round table discussion will be followed by detailed case studies.

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10: PHIUS CERTIFIED BUILDER (CPHB) TRAINING (Post conference)

1-DAY ONLINE AND 3-DAY TRAINING IN CLASS:  December 9th – 11th: 8am – 5pm

PRICE: $1050 – General admission; $1000 – PHAUS member

LOCATION: TBD

INSTRUCTORS: Dan Whitmore, CPHC, PHIUS Certified Trainer, RDH; Co-presenter TBD

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REQUIRED: Online application

Superinsulation, air-tight envelopes, high-performance window installation, site management, component sourcing–passive house construction presents special challenges to builders. The PHIUS Builders Training program prepares construction professionals to meet the passive house challenge.

Dan Whitmore is a passive house and enclosure consultant with RDH Building Science. He has worked in the construction industry since 1987 building, detailing and/or project managing a wide range of structures, from mountain cabins to law school libraries. As designer, builder, and CPHC® (Certified Passive House Consultant), he completed one of the first passive houses in Washington State in 2010. Since this time, he has consulted on and/or built more than twenty passive house projects primarily in his home region of the Pacific Northwest. Whitmore is also an Instructor at PHIUS, co-developer of the PHIUS Certified Builder Training program, Council Treasurer of Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), and a founding board member of Passive House Northwest.

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