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Presenter: David Hawkins and 2 more

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Recording Location: Overland Park, KS

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 15908

Product Number: 19 KSPSVHSE 5 17 CDMN TC

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This audio recording is approximately 6.5 hours in length and is available for $289 (including shipping). Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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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

Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Conventional Construction

   Facts and figures on residential energy use
   History of energy-conserving residential construction
   Building code requirements
   Energy conservation incentives
   Development of PHIUS+ 2018 design standard

Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development

   History of certifying agencies in US: PHI and PHIUS
   Passive House Standard: voluntary performance-based building envelope energy standard
   Energy calculations: how and when to perform them
   Energy calculation tools: an introduction to tools and their functionality
   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 and Electrical Systems in Passive Houses

   Optimizing heat gains
      • Passive solar heat gains
      • Indoor environmental heat gains
   Heating and cooling loads
   Space conditioning
   Renewable energy system integration
   Energy-efficient appliances

Evaluating Passive House Case Studies

   Adapting Passive House for the Central Plains
   Case studies: in the planning process, under construction and finished projects


David Hawkins

Prairie Design Build

David has been a passionate building scientist and project manager at Prairie Design Build for six years. He has an International Business degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, along with a master’s degree in Building Science from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He has also been professionally trained by the Passive House Institute of the United States as a Certified Passive House Consultant, and Certified Passive House Builder. David has been working in the construction world for the past 12 years in a wide range of areas, including pre-construction planning and estimating, energy modeling and construction detailing, in the field installation of super-insulated envelope systems, heating/cooling and ventilation systems, project management and client relationship building. He is especially proud of constructing projects that are durable and comfortable, that will have a low environmental impact, and that will have a positive long-lasting impact on the building occupants’ health. David is excited that the building techniques used to achieve Passive House resiliency have become more cost-effective and believes that we will see greater market adoption moving forward.

Joe Nickels

THRIVE Building Solutions

Joe is a Certified Passive House Consultant and General Manager of Thrive Building Solutions. THRIVE provides consulting and product services for high performance and Passive House buildings in Kansas City. He has spent the last 10 years focused on reducing the environmental impact of our built environment. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Kansas.

David Schleicher

Prairie Design Build

David is a third-generation builder, entrepreneur, construction and building science enthusiast. He believes that the construction industry is going through a revolution and is proud to be a part of it. He has built a team with expertise on several innovative designs, construction methods and products that clients will benefit from for generations to come. David’s team has built four Passive Houses and has two underway which will be certified with PHIUS. The team’s work has won several local awards, and the business has been recognized as top 25 under 25 employees in Kansas City. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a member of the HEMP mentoring program.