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7th Annual North American Passive House Conference

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

The Passive House standard strictest building energy standard in the world—and that standard is not met without UltimateAir’s RecoupAerator. Buildings that meet the Passive House checkmarks use 80 percent less energy than buildings that don’t, all while creating an environment of finer air quality.

UltimateAir’s own Jason Morosko attended The Passive House Conference in Denver last month. In addition to giving a lecture on the importance of earth air tubes, Morosko also had the opportunity to see ten current Passive Houses at various stages of construction. Sponsored by Passive House frontiersman Brian Fuentez, the tour showcased his current projects.

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The 2012 event was the 7th annual North American Passive House conference. This year proved to have an increase in attendees, exhibitors, and presentations. The Passive House standard is growing rapidly in the United States. It truly is the standard of tomorrows building market. 

Passive House is the only standard within the US that requires mechanical ventilation like the RecoupAerator in its building code criteria with minimum performance standards.  “This is the best market for us,” said Morosko. “It’s the only building code that mandates our product.”

The best way to get started on your own Passive House is to find a Passive House consultant near you. Mososko serves as a consultant in Athens, Ohio. Morosko's personal work can be viewed here

For Morosko, the best part about owning a Passive House is that there is no utility bill. “That just doesn’t get hold,” he said. “It’s nine times more efficient than any standard construction.”

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UltimateAir's RecoupAerator waiting to be installed in a Passive House. Passive House standards cannot be met without the installation of our product. 

 

Tags: indoor air quality, ERV or HRV, Passive House, Passive House Design, Air Filtration Passive House, UltimateAir.

2011 Passive House Conference Recap

Posted on Wed, Nov 02, 2011

The 6thAnnual North American Passive House Conference was held in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 28-29, 2011.  The event attracted a wide array of business experts, builders, self proclaimed “geeks” and one person wearing a weird hat who all shared the latest technological developments and best practices for building sustainable, comfortable, affordable passive house buildings.

ventilation guy with weird hatThe main objective of the event was to spread awareness of, and build an understanding about, best practices of Passive House buildings.  Relative themes and emphasis of the event focused on energy efficient construction as well as the amount of energy saved upon implementation. 

Specific components included technical discussion and testimonies of real world experiences from various leaders in the green building field such as Sam Rashkin, Marc Rosenbaym and Katrin Klingenberg. Speakers also offered opportunities for attendees to adopt passive house standards.

The RecoupAerator® and Passive House Projects

For UltimateAir®, our employees in attendance were proud to hear such kind words about the benefits of our air filtration/ventilation system. Additionally, the number of Passive House projects that were formally discussed at the conference and using a RecoupAerator® was more than half!

Jason Morosko, UltimateAir®’s vice president of engineering and certified Passive House consultant, offered his personal reflections at the conclusion of the event, saying, “It’s only been implemented in United States building projects for the last 3-4 years, but we’re already at a point where we can assess completed projects and hear feedback. This will help build even more energy efficient homes” 

Jason, if you’re still wondering, is the “Weird Hat Guy,” which became his nickname to many in attendance.

In addition to detailed discussion and explanation of Passive House initiatives, there was a portion of the event designated to debunking popular preconceived notions about the negativity of airtight construction.  Common confusion surrounding the complexity of air replacement involved with mechanical ventilation, a key technology that requires significantly less amounts of heating and cooling costs, was carefully clarified and simplified.

Needless to say, endless opportunities lay ahead in future endeavors and involvement with energy efficiency, and the Passive House movement will only grow in the years ahead.

You can learn more about UltimateAir®'s work with recent Passive House projects.

Tags: Passive House, Air Filtration Passive House