Conference Program




KEYNOTE - 9:00 AM TO 9:30 AM

Passive House: From Small to Extra Large - Beyond the Envelope

Today, the design, construction and operation of Passive House buildings have been realized in a great variety of forms, functions, climates and contexts - having grown up over the past 25 years. Poised to go mainstream, from New York City to Vancouver to Beijing, Passive House is busting out in support of a sustainable zero-carbon future.

Jessica Grove-Smith

SESSION 1 - 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM


Historic NYC Reaches Back To The Future With Passive House

Retrofitting historic buildings to Passive House performance, in and out of Landmark Districts, has a 9 year history in New York City, but we've only touched the tip of the proverbial iceberg. See what strategies are working, what've been the surprises, and what the steps forward, for this multitude of old buildings, might be.

George Huang

Clemens von Reitzenstein

Michael Ingui

Cory Herrala

Ted Sheridan

Public and Private Action Supports Market Transformation

Today in New York, in our quest for a low-energy sustainable future, the vital work of coordinated and supportive public and private work continues. The Building Energy Exchange (BEEx) connecting NYC real estate and design communities, recently completed a groundbreaking study of multifamily retrofits. And NYSERDA, at the forefront of energy efficiency for decades, is working in support of better codes, better new buildings and scaleable multifamily retrofits. All helping unleash a market that delivers Passive House performance.

Lois Arena

Helen Chananie

Loic Chappoz

Beyond The House: The Passive (Not) House

Like Apple, Passive House has transcended its name and is now recognized as capable of delivering the best performance for almost every building type - with careful crafted optimization and integration. See it in action with a car dealership, a church and a multifamily development.

Andrew Peel

Ed May

Chris Petrone

Jordan Dentz

SESSION 2 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Building A Resilient Future

Passive Houses will serve vulnerable occupants in the next storms, floods and black-outs to hit New York City. But Passive House also serves broader resilient objectives: a shift to renewables, a stable power grid, local uptraining and skilled employment, better standard of living through reduced power costs and healthier indoor environments. Hear how the City is making the most of this potential for lasting benefits and how professional designers are synthesizing these efforts.

John Lee

Julie Willem

Sebastian Moreno-Vacca

Every Breath You Take: Moisture, Indoor Air and What's Next in Ventilation Solutions

Amidst the many benefits of Passive House is a lingering moisture challenge, causing much debate in the Passive House world. High interior relative humidity levels pose increased risk of condensation on the building structure. The primary means of controlling humidity levels in a Passive House is through the ventilation and heating & cooling systems. Discuss how this risk was assessed for a current multifamily PH project and what design options are available to reduce this risk.

Josephine Zurica

Dylan Martello

Developing the Passive House Habit

Hear from a panel of developers from New York City about their low-, mid- and high-rise Passive House projects - past, present and future. What challenges did they find and what are are the opportunities with building Passive House projects in the city? What needs to happen for developers to make Passive House projects normal?

Nancy Anderson (Moderator)

Alex Bernstein

Adam Watson

Justin Palmer

SESSION 3 - 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM


Housing Humanity: Making Multifamily Work

So, you want to build a new large scale Passive House. It’s difficult enough to build a tiny Passive House, let alone a multifamily high-rise. This session will provide an overview of an integrated and collaborative process highlighting the perspectives of the developer/owner, the primary design disciplines, the general contractor, and the community and future residents. Attendees will learn how common pitfalls can be avoided with strategic advanced planning, considerations for evaluating mechanical system and building enclosure design, strategies for successfully transitioning from design to construction, and the solutions used to address the rigorous passive house performance criteria.

Joanna Grab

Justin Stein

Aleksandr Yelizarov

John Woelfling

Christoph Stump

Zero Is The Magic Number: How Passive House Gets It

In order to realize a sustainable energy future, buildings in all sectors must achieve net zero energy use or positive energy production. By utilizing the Passive House Standard to optimize and lower energy demand, a clear pathway to net zero emerges. This session will explore options for achieving net zero in a dense urban environment using building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), and how the Passive House Standard can facilitate the path to net positive energy, while satisfying the Living Building Challenge Energy Petal.

Gregory Kiss

Christina Assmann

Nicole Schuster

Every Penny Matters: Passive House Affordability

To deliver cost-optimized Passive House buildings we need a paradigm shift in how architects, engineers and contractors approach the design and construction of Passive House buildings. Fortunately, this shift is already underway. Providing affordable housing that is healthy, comfortable, and has low operating cost is a practical and effective approach in addressing the housing shortage. Learn how through proven, low-cost design solutions Passive House buildings provide affordable housing solutions.

Grayson Jordan

Paul Castrucci

Laura Nettleton

Brandon Nicholson

SESSION 4 - 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM


Reforest The City, with Mass Wood Structures, Carbon Sequestration & Passive House

Given our current situation with climate change it is becoming more and more important to design buildings with lower operational energy as well as lower embodied energy. This session will explore how this is been done from small retrofits to large multi story projects and will review optimization of materials and how to reduce embodied energy in our passive house projects with the use of mass timber.

Christoph Deimel

Susan Jones

Don't Get Burned: Efficient Hot Water Delivery

Water heating is typically the second largest energy end use in U.S. buildings, and in Passive buildings, it is often the largest. This session will describe common multifamily domestic hot water generation and distribution strategies and opportunities to reduce their energy and water waste. It will also cover the relevant requirements of various efficiency programs, including Passive House, as they pertain to DHW systems.

Jordan Dentz

Karla Butterfield

Calling Crazy Eddie: How Does Passive House Breakthrough to the Mainstream Market?

Are we insane to try and "sell" Passive House? Is it possible to truly change the market? Is the problem the real cost and risks or percieved costs and risks? Is poaching Zero Enery a strategy? This thought provoking session will explore how a mass market for Passive House buildings might be achieved.

James Geppner

Enrico Bonilauri

Michael Ingui


So...What's Next?
A Closing Panel Discussion

The number and size of Passive House buildings is growing quickly in New York City - yet widespread market adoption remains over the horizon. This panel will discuss where Passive House goes from here - as 2050 carbon reduction goals quickly approach.

Lloyd Alter (Moderator)

Jessica Grove-Smith

Deborah Moelis

John Lee

Ryan Cassidy

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