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Passive House Podcast
62 minutes | 4 days ago
Andy Marlow - Passivhaus Design & Construct
In this week's episode of the Passive House Podcast, host Matthew Cutler Welsh interviews Andy Marlow. Andy is passionate about design, sustainability and affordability. He trained as an architect at the University of New South Wales in Australia and throughout his professional career, he’s been working to incorporate ideas about sustainability into his work. As a Director at Envirotecture, Andy has been influential in providing design and consulting services for people who want buildings that work well, feel good, and are culturally appropriate. At the beginning of 2020, some of the team at Envirotecture created Passivhaus Design & Construct with the purpose of focusing solely on providing Passive Houses for the Australian market. “…if you must be inside a building, it should make your life better; a passivhaus does that!” The firm aims to create affordable, healthy, beautiful, comfortable, quality, quiet, future-ready buildings. They rely on skill, passion and relationships to continually improve and to deliver innovative design solutions tailored for Australia's climate.Andy is also the Education and Training Director at the Australian Passive House Association.At the end of the episode, co-host Zack Semke mentions several upcoming Passive House-related events. Find them in Passive House Accelerator's Week in Preview.
54 minutes | 11 days ago
Tessa Bradley (Smith), Artisans Group
This week host of the Passive House Podcast Zack Semke interviews Tessa Bradley (previously Smith), a pioneer of Passive House in the Pacific Northwest. In her 20s Tessa became co-owner of the Artisans Group, at the time a design-build firm, now a design-only firm. Artisans Group quickly became a leading designer and builder of beautiful, modernist, yet financially accessible Passive House homes in the Northwest, winning many design awards in the process. Tessa has won multiple Best Project by a Young Professional Under 35 awards from PHIUS. Beyond being a talented designer, Tessa is a great communicator about Passive House with clients and non-designers. Her entrepreneurial nature and hard work have paid off, with Artisans Group enjoying an expansive portfolio of work. Tessa talks with Zack about the presentation by Katrin Klingenberg at a Seattle library that launched Tessa into Passive House, her early days in Passive House design, and her sales pitch to clients (it’s just a good building wrapped in a big wooly sweater). Tessa also dives into her firm’s forays into prefab. Visit the Accelerator's Week in Preview article for links to the events that Zack mentions near the end of the show.
44 minutes | 18 days ago
Peter Bielski, Ethos Homes in Canterbury, New Zealand
In this episode, Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Peter Bielski, owner of Ethos Homes in New Zealand, about his experience building single family Passive House projects in a construction industry landscape of bare minimum building energy code requirements. Peter cut his teeth in construction in Germany, where he built homes with a major prefabricated homes operation that delivered over 900 homes per year. When he returned to New Zealand, Peter initially experimented with prefab in New Zealand, always guided by Passive House principles. Hear his story about his journey back to custom stick-built construction, and his full commitment to Passive House performance—its challenges and its rewards as a homebuilder and small business owner.Visit the Accelerator's Week in Preview article for links to the events that Zack mentions near the end of the show.
52 minutes | 24 days ago
Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
In this episode, Passive House Podcast co-host Zack Semke interviews Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They dive into the findings of Ürge-Vorsatz's recent paper, "Advances Toward a Net-Zero Global Building Sector", including implications for both new construction and deep energy retrofits as parts of the transition to zero emissions in buildings. Visit the Accelerator's Week in Preview article for links to most of the events that Zack mentions near the end of the show. Here are the links to the Pattern Language from Passive House course and NAPHN's save the date announcement for its 2021 conference.
57 minutes | a month ago
Ken Levenson, North American Passive House Network (NAPHN)
In this episode, Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Ken Levenson, Co-Founder of 475 High Performance Building Supply and Executive Director of the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN). The conversation explores Ken’s early architecture practice in New York in the 80s and 90s, his climate awakening after watching “An Inconvenient Truth,” and his later discovery of Passive House in 2009. This discovery fueled Ken’s drive to co-found 475 with Floris Keverling Buisman and later NAPHN with a group of other North American advocates. Describing Passive House as “an approach to building and architecture that's actually proportionate with the crisis that we're facing,” Ken shares both his bullishness about the growth of Passive House as well as his deep alarm about the climate crisis. It’s both sobering and empowering, and well worth a listen. Visit the Accelerator's Week in Preview article for links to the events that Zack mentions near the end of the show.
44 minutes | a month ago
Kimberly Llewellyn, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
In this episode, Passive House Podcast co-host Zack Semke interviews Kimberly Llewellyn of Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, a founding sponsor of Passive House Accelerator. An engineer by training, Kimberly spent 5 years with Positive Energy, a highly regarded engineering and consulting firm that specializes in Passive House work as part of a broad portfolio. Zack and Kimberly discuss her journey to Passive House, the "in the dirt" training she received while in the field at Positive Energy, and her pivot to Mitsubishi Electric, where she works to accelerate a virtuous circle of Passive House-friendly product development, Passive House adoption in North America, and consequent increased demand for Passive House mechanical equipment by the marketplace. After the interview, Zack and Matthew reflect on the interview, attempt to explain the science behind heat pumps, and share upcoming Passive House events from around the world. For event details, reference last week's Week In Preview article on the Accelerator website.
50 minutes | a month ago
Harley Weston, Solaire Properties in Brisbane
In this episode, Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Harley Weston of Solaire Properties. Harley spent twelve years drilling and exploring for minerals beneath the earth, mostly around the North Eastern part of Australia. When he wasn’t operating a drill himself, he was managing people who did. Mineral exploration is big business in Australia. It’s made a lot of people very wealthy, but doesn’t exactly conjure up images of sustainability, healthy and well being or even energy efficiency. Harley has also spent time flying around in a helicopter. After gaining his license, he established a helicopter charter company and lived one of his dreams as a commercial pilot. But in 2017, Harley teamed up with brother James and Paul McElhenny and together they formed Solaire Properties with a mission to disrupt and redefine the building industry. As Harley puts it, Solaire Properties is about buildings that are equal parts luxurious, eco-conscious and technologically advanced. Their first project, Vanquish certainly embodies these aspects and has garnered a lot of attention, not just from the Passive House community. Matthew starts the interview out by asking Harley a bit about his background and how he went from helicopters to housing. After the interview Zack Semke and Matthew discuss a number of upcoming Passive House events. Find details in Passive House Accelerator's Week in Preview article.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Bronwyn Barry, North American Passive House Network
In this episode, Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Bronwyn Barry, board chair of North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) and the “International Keynote” speaker for the upcoming South Pacific Passive House Conference. Bronwyn recounts how she first discovered Passive House, her stint (post-Great Recession) selling European high performance windows to architects by educating them first about Passive House design, and her leadership in the North Passive House movement, including tireless policy advocacy work.Matthew and co-host Zack Semke discussed upcoming events and trainings:This Wednesday (Oct 14), Amy Egerter and Martha Campbell from the Rocky Mountain Institute's REALIZE initiative present at the Happy Hour. REALIZE has the goal of standardizing retrofits that are affordable and convenient using semi-industrial approaches. Come drink in Passive House knowledge at our weekly Happy Hour. Learn more.PHIUS 6th Annual Design Competition: This juried competition recognizes fully certified passive building projects of all types and climate zones. This is your chance to showcase your work and celebrate the great strides being made in the field of passive building! Submissions are due by Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more here.South Pacific Passive House Conference (Oct 12 - 16)passivhausMAINE Fall Forum (Oct 21- 23)Platforma PEP Conference (Oct 21, 22, 28, 29)PHIUS Hootenannies + Design Competition (Oct 26-30)Questions or comments? Email us at email@example.com.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Giorgia Tzar, International Passive House Association
In this episode, Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Giorgia Tzar from the International Passive House Association (iPHA). Giorgia and Matthew catch up on the world-class content at the (ongoing) 24th International Passive House Conference and virtual “matchmaking” networking opportunities. Giorgia reflects on recent conferences in China and Germany, and talks about the ups and downs of going virtual. Hear about iPHA’s “global and local” approach to information and knowledge sharing, as well as the virtual Open Days Passive House project tours coming up in November.Matthew and co-host Zack Semke discussed upcoming events and trainings, which can be found in the Accelerator's "Passive House Week In Preview" for October 6, 2020. Included in those announcements were a couple upcoming Passive House Accelerator events this week:Global Passive House Happy Hour with James Geppner of NYSERDA's RetrofitNY program on Wednesday, October 7; anda special Roundtable Event: Passive House on the Frontlines—Wildfire Smoke and Indoor Air Quality on Thursday, October 8.We hope you'll join us at one or both! Questions or comments? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Simone Schenkel, Grün Eco in Australia
In this episode, Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Simone Schenkel, director and Certified Passive House Designer at Grün Eco Design in Victoria, Australia. Schenkel is the Victorian Chapter lead of Australia Passive House Association and an advocate for moving the building industry toward energy efficient, high performance buildings. Matthew and Simone touch on the importance of production builders in this transformation and the role of regulation to help spread high performance building to all segments of the housing market. email@example.comMatthew and co-host Zack Semke discussed upcoming events and trainings, which can be found in the Accelerator's "Passive House Week In Preview" for September 28, 2020.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting in Toronto
Passive House Podcast's Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Andrew Peel, Passive House innovator, educator, certifier, consultant, and owner of Peel Passive House Consulting in Toronto. Check out:Video of Andrew's Global Passive House Happy Hour presentation about his work on the world's first Passive House certified car dealership. Our Q&A interview with Andrew in February 2020.Matthew and co-host Zack Semke discussed a bunch of upcoming events and trainings, which can be found in the Accelerator's "Passive House Week In Preview" for September 21, 2020.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Chris Benedict and Henry Gifford in NYC
Passive House Podcast's Sydney Fishman and Zack Semke interview Chris Benedict and Henry Gifford, the pioneering pair of practitioners behind some of New York City's most exciting high performance buildings, Passive House projects, and deep energy retrofits. Check out:Henry's book, Buildings Don't Lie.Chris' "Singing Into Darkness" article .Video Chris and Henry's play, "The Perfect Energy Code."Upcoming events and trainings:WED: Global Passive House Happy Hour with Marine SanchezFeaturing University of Toronto's latest student housing project. Join us.SAVE THE DATE: PHIUS Hootenannies in OctoberOct 26: BuildersOct 27: EducatorsOct 28: ArchitectsOct 29: Policymakers/DevelopersOct 30: Design CompetitionFALL: International Passive House Events (PHI + iPHA)Don't miss!: 24th International Passive House Conference (Sep 20 — Oct 8).Prepare for the conference: PHI Passive House Fundamentals Course. Join Passive House Open Days (Nov 6–8). SOCIALS: Passive House/Building Science GatheringsPassive House Canada’s Building Conversations (Wed, Sep 16)Global Passive House Happy HourNAPHN Lunchtime Special with Ken Levenson (Thu, Sep 17)Fine Home Building’s BS+Beer Show (Thu, Sep 17)Dave Cooper & Mark Wille #BS Fridays (Fri, Sep 18)EDUCATION: Upcoming Passive House TrainingsPassive House Canada Online 101:Intro to PH High Performance Buildings (Tue, Sep 15)Passivhaus Trust:PH for Educational Buildings: Universities (Wed, Sep 16)New York Passive HouseWindow Modeling, Components, Mullions and Reveals (Tue, Sep 22)Passive House Alliance USPHIUS Certification Process Q&A with Lisa White (Tue, Sep 22)South Pacific Passive House ConferenceOctober 12-16, 2020
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Graeme Verhulst and a Passive House HQ for BC Tech Firm
In this episode, Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews Graeme Verhulst, principal of Waymark Architecture. Graeme was one of the earliest adopters of Passive House design in Canada. In his conversation with Matthew, Graeme shares the story of striking out on his own, early in his architectural career, to build a Passive House practice when larger firms were still slow to embrace it. He also discusses the recent Passive House headquarters that Waymark designed for the technology firm Charter Telecom, in Victoria, British Columbia. That striking project won the 2020 Canadian Green Building Commercial/Industrial (Small) award. After the interview, Matthew and co-host Zack Semke reflect on the interview and share upcoming Passive House events and trainings:International Passive House Open Days (Nov. 6-8)Prepare a video tour of your project, participate in panel discussions, and spread the word about Passive House with your network.https://bit.ly/328McL3Upcoming PHIUS Trainings:September 14: PHIUS CPHC Training Phase IINovember 2: PHIUS+ Rater Online TrainingNovember 9: PHIUS+ Verifier Online Traininghttps://bit.ly/2R5bgfoLevel Up with the PHI Passive House Fundamentals Course:Receive 6 months access to the PHI Passive House Fundamentals Course (a 20-hour course of study online) for € 95 if you register by October 8. Plus, apply your registration fee as credit to registration at the 24th International Passive House Conference (September 20 through October 8).https://cms.passivehouse.com/en/training/courses/e-learning/Carbon Positive RESET! 1.5°C Global Teach-In.September 8, 2020 - North & South AmericaSeptember 17, 2020 - Europe, Middle East & AfricaSeptember 22, 2020 - Asia, Asia Pacific & Oceaniahttps://carbon-positive.org/register-now/ PH Simplicity IS Affordability: Sept 9 Global Passive House Happy Hour.Todd Rothstein of Avesta Housing will present the data that proves out the Passive House story of simplicity over complexity, and its implications for affordable housing.https://bit.ly/3bxe3YkQuestions or interview suggestions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to visit us at passivehouseaccelerator.com. Our work at Passive House Accelerator is made possible by support from our Founding Sponsors: Baxt Ingui Architects, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, RDH Building Science, Sto Corp, and Zola Windows. Thanks, too, to support from our Stakeholder Partner: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
43 minutes | 3 months ago
John Beurle and his PHI Low Energy Building made of pre-fab straw bale panels.
Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews John Beurle, board member of Australian Passive House Association and principal of Passive House Services, about his unique PHI Low Energy Building home made of a straw panel system. Also, view John's video tour of his home at https://youtu.be/WAQ0uyakJH8.In the interview, John mentions Stuart Lee of Craftsmen Quality Builders and Andreas Luzzi of Laros Technologies as among the key players in the project. The pre-fab straw bale panels, or SITUPS (super insulated tilt-up panel system), come from Huff 'n' Puff Strawbale Constructions.After the interview, Matthew and co-host Zack Semke reflect on the interview and share upcoming Passive House events and trainings:Partel Becomes Patron Sponsor of Passive House AcceleratorPartel is a manufacturer of tapes, membranes, adhesives, and thermal breaks for high performance buildings. https://www.partel.com/PHIUS Certified Passive House Builder Training:August 31 through September 11 ow.ly/7AEa50B3Q0j PHI Passive House Fundamentals Course — 6 months access for € 95 (Must purchase by October 8):Credit to registration at 24th International Passive House Conference (September 20 through October 8)https://cms.passivehouse.com/en/training/courses/e-learning/Lois Arena of Steven Winter Associates to Headline September 2 Global Passive House Happy Hour.https://passivehouseaccelerator.com/global-happy-hourQuestions or interview suggestions? Please contact email@example.com. And don't forget to visit us at passivehouseaccelerator.com.Our work at Passive House Accelerator is made possible by support from our Founding Sponsors: Baxt Ingui Architects, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, RDH Building Science, Sto Corp, and Zola Windows. Thanks, too, to support from our Stakeholder Partner: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
44 minutes | 3 months ago
James Goodlet, Altereco Design in Melbourne, Australia
Passive House Podcast host Matthew Cutler-Welsh interviews James Goodlet of Altereco Design about his mission-driven architectural practice and the role of Passive House design in delivering on that mission. After the interview, Matthew and co-host Zack Semke reflect on the interview and share upcoming Passive House events and trainings:NAPHN Lunchtime Special: an Introduction to Passive HouseKen Levenson: Every Thursday, alternating between 12:30pm EST and Noon PST https://www.naphnetwork.orgPHIUS Certified Passive House Builders TrainingStarts August 31https://www.phius.org/become-a-professional/phius-certified-builders-training/overview-and-registration24th International Passive House ConferenceSeptember 20 through October 8https://passivehouseconference.orgCarbon Positive RESET! 1.5°C Global Teach-InSeptember 8 for North & South America (9/17 Europe, Middle East, Africa —and— 9/22 Asia, Asia Pacific)https://carbon-positive.org/register-now/Questions or interview suggestions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to visit us at passivehouseaccelerator.com.Our work at Passive House Accelerator is made possible by support from our Founding Sponsors: Baxt Ingui Architects, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US, RDH Building Science, Sto Corp, and Zola Windows. Thanks, too, to support from our Stakeholder Partner: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Introducing the Passive House Podcast
Join hosts Matthew Cutler-Welsh and Zack Semke, as well as Passive House Accelerator founder Michael Ingui, for a conversation about the Passive House community, the Passive House Accelerator, and this new podcast exploring high performance, low carbon building design and construction.Questions or interview ideas? Email email@example.com.
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