Net Zero/Passive House

Friday, July 27
Noon- 1:30
A presentation of the Forum on the Environment

Prudence Ferreira will present the impacts of climate change on water availability, power service, ecosystem destruction, pose a serious and urgent challenge to the design and construction community to reach beyond a prescriptive green building approach and utilize methodologies that reliably and predictably produce dramatic energy demand reductions. As the state of California struggles with the best path to achieve the GHG emission reduction goals established by AB32, a community of practicioners has emerged that are utlizing the Passive House path to achieve zero energy targets. Learn about this performance based standard and how it is being used a springboard for high-performance residences and buildings that are using roughly 1/10th the energy of conventional buildings while providing superior comfort and indoor air quality.

Speaker Bio: Prudence Ferreira is a San Francisco-based energy and building science consultant committed to supporting low-energy, zero energy and carbon-neutral design and construction via the Passive House path., and Principal of Integral Impact Inc. Utilizing a physics-based approach to enhance energy performance, indoor air quality and comfort, she and the Integral Impact team provide energy modeling and analysis, building science consulting, education, design support and verification services to developers, building professionals and property owners, from pre-design through final certification, for residential, commercial and corporate projects.

Prudence has experience on over a dozen Passive House projects many of which are also targeting zero net energy performance. As a licensed trainer and core curriculum developer for the Passive House Institute US, Ms Ferreira teaches the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training and advanced Passive House technical workshops around the US and helped author of the North American Certified Passive House Consultant Exam. In addition to leading her SF-based consulting firm, Integral Impact Inc, Ms Ferreira recently served as President of the Passive House Institute US Board of Directors and currently continues to serve as a member of the board and a member of the PHIUS Technical Committee. Prudence was also a founding board member and interim president of Passive House CA. Prudence’s credentials include Certified Passive House Consultant, LEED AP+ (BD+C), Certified Energy Analyst, Hygrothermic Analyst, HERS, GPR and LEED for Homes Rater.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Passive House building energy standard criteria and priciples
  2. Compare the Passive House approach to NZE with current CPUC Long-term Strategic Plan targets
  3. Illustrate the importance of hygrothermal analysis of high-performance enclosures to ensure long-terms durability and maintenance of healthy indoor environments
  4. Rank the effectiveness of efficiency measures and outline a process for optimization of enclosure and building systems on the path the NZE


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