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Presenter: Mike Duclos

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Recording Location: Manchester, NH

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14075

Product Number: 16H NHPSVHSE 7 13 CDMN

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Registration                     8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session             8:30 - 11:45 pm
Lunch (On your own)      11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Afternoon Session          12:45 - 4:30 pm

Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Conventional Construction

Facts and figures on residential energy use

History of energy-conserving residential construction

Energy language primer and introduction to thermal bridging

Building code requirements, energy efficiency incentives

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development

History of certifying agencies in US: PHI and PHIUS

Passive House Standard: energy, durability, indoor air quality, comfort

Energy calculations: how and when to perform them

Energy calculation tools: introduction and functionality

Passive House certification process

Assembling and managing a project team

Examining common design features of Passive Houses

The importance of floor-planning

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses

Siting, sizing, shading and orientation

Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging

The importance of windows and mechanical ventilation

Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances

Summer shading and cooling strategies

Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies

Integrating renewable energy technologies

Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses

Optimizing heat gains

      • Passive solar heating, with actual data from three buildings

      • Indoor environmental heat gains

Heat and energy recovery ventilation systems

Supplemental heating systems

Energy-efficient appliances

Renewable energy system integration

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies

Adapting Passive House for New England

Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects



Mike Duclos

Mike Duclos is a principal and founder of THE DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of deep energy retrofit, zero net energy and Passive House-related consulting services. He is a founder, on the board of directors, and director of education of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET-certified HERS Provider specifically catering to independent HERS Raters in New England. Mr. Duclos also founded Energy Efficiency Associates, LLC, to provide conventional home HERS, energy audit, Stretch Code, tax certification and associated verification and consulting services.

Mr. Duclos was an energy consultant on the Transformations, Inc., Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge entry, which was awarded the second prize of $15K. He has worked on a variety of Zero Net Energy, DER and Passive House projects, including two National Grid DER projects which qualified for the ACI Thousand Homes Challenge, Option B, both of which have certified with a year of energy consumption data to use less energy than specified by THC Option B. Mr. Duclos conducted a feasibility study of a retrofit to the Passive House new home performance standard. He assisted with the design and preparation of the PHPP for the first EnerPHIT certified home in the US.

Mr. Duclos also worked on the design and certification of the first National Grid DER project to successfully qualify for the Zero Net Energy incentive, which completed a year of use with a surplus of 500 KWHR. He serves on the NESEA Zero Energy Task force which analyzes utility bill data from applicants for the annual $10K award for the best zero net energy home. Mr. Duclos is a founding member and on the board of directors of Passive House New England, Inc., a non-profit promoting high performance building, including Passive House, and he is in charge of the organization’s newsletter, monthly meeting coordination and membership. He is a member of the Northeast HERS Alliance Technical Committee and the Massachusetts. Residential New Construction Program HERS Rater Panel.

Mr. Duclos monitors the delivered performance of his projects using a variety of real time electricity monitors, temperature, RH and CO2 loggers and correlates this data to the expected performance predicted by his energy models. The actual data, and the stories behind the data are made available to the public in speaking engagements in a variety of public venues, and in publications like Home Energy Magazine.

Mr. Duclos is an ITC-certified building science infrared thermographer, and he is the Certified Passive House Consultant responsible for the design and certification of the second Passive House in Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UMass Lowell, and two patents.

Mr. Duclos is currently consulting on what may be the first multifamily Passive House certified in New Hampshire, a 24-unit affordable senior housing facility near Laconia, New Hampshire.