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How the Passive House Approach is Adapting to U.S. Climates and Changing Construction Methods

Friday, May 18, 2012
Noon
Free, open to all. Bring a lunch.

May COTE presenter Mary James is the editor and publisher at Low Carbon Productions. She is the author of Recreating the American Home: The Passive House Approach and of the forthcoming book, U.S. Passive Houses: Retrofits, Multifamily and Commercial Buildings. In 2008, she coauthored Homes for a Changing Climate: Passive Houses in the U.S. with Katrin Klingenberg and Mike Kernagis. She was the editor and publisher of Home Energy magazine for 10 years.

Learning Objectives:

1. Report on the range of Passive House (PH) building types that have been created in the United States thus far.

2. Compare methods for reining in costs of using the PH approach in new construction and retrofits.

3. Discuss specific adaptations to certain U.S. climate types.

4. Examine successful strategies for creating very low energy buildings using the PH approach in mild Mediterranean-type climates, such as ours.

1.5 CES LUs

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