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.
The 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.