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2017 Passive House NW Conference

What:  2017 Passive House NW Conference

Why is this so exciting?  The Passive House building standard leads to the most energy efficient buildings in the world.  It is a building science that demands a knowledge of site dynamics, data modeling, and appropriate materials.  The reward is a revolution in energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and air quality.  Artisans Group is one of the most experienced firms in America at designing and building Passive House homes, and we want to stay at the forefront of this building science.  The annual Passive House NW Conference is a great learning and sharing opportunity for both industry insiders, and people who want to learn more about this amazing building standard.    

Where:  Hotel RL Olympia

You read that right, this year’s PHNW Conference is in our hometown.  We welcome you to Olympia with open arms, and we hope you have a wonderful time in our fair waterfront city.

When:  April 6-7, 2017

Springtime in Oly.  Our beautiful city will greet you with crocuses, tulips and daffodils in bloom as Mt. Rainier floats over our vibrant (and delicious!) downtown.


On Thursday, attendees of the introductory Passive House 101 Seminar will visit the Sparrow Haus.  Because we’ve built it, we know that your home can be warm and comfortable all year long, with no furnace, boiler, or air conditioner.  Think about that for a moment; no more noise of the furnace turning on, and no more dry forced air.  Your home can be a healthy and quiet respite in an otherwise hectic world.  This Seminar is a great chance to visit a Passive House home in person.  You can ask questions, discuss the fundamentals, and feel the difference for yourself.

And Expert Alike:

For those interested in going further into the building and design side of the Passive House standard, Thursday alone is a wealth of information.   You can learn the protocols of thermal bridge modeling and some features of the flixo thermal bridge analysis and reporting application.  Galen, of Staengle Engineering, will discuss design considerations, energy impacts and cost implications of multiple approaches to MEP Systems (with an emphasis on Pacific NW applicability).  Another workshop dives into the specifics of multifamily Passive House construction (an area of extreme growth in the past two years) and seeks to address some of the challenges and lessons learned from such projects.

Update:  PHnw published their full schedule of Conference Presentations with three separate educational tracks on Thursday,  and four themes on Thursday.  Go here to sign up!

Thank you, Passive House NW:

Your conferences encourage the growth and development of sound building science by promoting dialogue in our industry.  We can all work together to help build a better world, and we look forward to meeting you, in Olympia.