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Presenter: Matthew S. Fine LEED-AP, CPHC, and 1 more

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Recording Location: Jessup, MD

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Product Code: 14984

Product Number: 18 MDPSVHSE 1 30 CDMN TC

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Introduction: Passive House Roots in the US and Canada

   Why we are here
   The problem with incremental approaches to climate change
   The cost question
   Why are you here
   Passive House roots in the US and Canada
      • The oil embargo and first efforts at energy efficiency
      • Competing approaches
      • Synthesis in first Passive House

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development

   Development of US energy efficiency standards
   Passive House Standard: voluntary performance-based building envelope energy standard
   Overview of the PH standards’ criteria
   Energy calculation tools: an introduction to tools and their functionality
   History of certifying agencies in US: PHI and PHIUS and the two paths available for certification
   Assembling a team to ensure quality and performance
   Examining common design features of Passive Houses

Architectural Elements of Passive Houses

   Siting, sizing and orientation
   Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging
   Efficient 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 heat gains
      • Indoor environmental heat gains
   Heat exchanger
   Supplemental heating
   Renewable energy system integration
   Energy-efficient appliances

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies in Our Climate (Mixed Humid, Mid-Atlantic)

   A large single-family Passive House
   An affordable multi-family Passive House retrofit
   A modular Passive House
   Projects on the boards


Matthew S. Fine LEED-AP, CPHC,

Project Manager at Peabody Architects

Mr. Fine has over 10 years of experience in project design, management, and production services. His responsibilities have ranged from conceptual design through contract administration to project closeout. Much of Mr. Fine’s knowledge and expertise centers on multi-family residential, mixed-use, urban infill, interior fit-out and adaptive re-use. Mr. Fine received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. As a LEED® accredited professional, he continually seeks to push sustainable and innovative building solutions while addressing the most basic, but often overlooked, role of architecture. Mr. Fine is a certified Passive House consultant (PHIUS). Previously, Mr. Fine served as director of ZA+Dpassiv, a division of Zavos Architects. He was the project leader of that firm’s very successful 2015 Weinberg Commons project, a Passive House retrofit of three 1950’s multifamily housing units. He also has experience in high-performance single family homes. He designed Arlington’s first Passive House in 2012, and two Passive House townhouses (Habitat Empowerhouse) in Ivy City 2014.

David Peabody LEED-AP, CPHC,

Peabody Architects in Alexandria, VA

Mr. Peabody has led Peabody Architects, in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1992, designing more than 100 homes and additions. Witnessing and participating in the growth of sprawl in the suburban DC area through the ‘90’s led to awareness that the way building is done today is not sustainable, and a conviction that architects cannot sit on the fence on environmental issues. Since committing the practice to sustainable design in 2000, he has become increasingly active in issues regarding architecture and the environment, and he has made these issues central to the way the firm approaches its work. In 2004, he became a LEED accredited professional, and in 2009 he became a Passive House certified consultant– one of the first architects in the country to achieve this certification. Mr. Peabody earned his Master of Architecture degree in 1977 from Yale School of Architecture.