Passive House Alliance US to present builder trainings at JLC LIVE Northwest 2011: 12/8 and 12/9

Portland, Ore.–December 5, 2011–On Thursday and Friday, December 8th and 9th, Passive House Alliance US logothe national Passive House Alliance US will present a series of Passive House trainings for builders and tradespeople at the JLC LIVE Northwest 2011 conference at the Oregon Convention Center.  The Passive House standard is the highest building efficiency standard in the world, with the promise of reducing the energy consumption of buildings by up to 80% while providing superior comfort and air quality – all at minimized additional upfront cost.

“As we work to build the national Passive House movement, it’s critical that we educate builders and the trades about the standard and bring them into the fold,” says Sam Hagerman, President of PHAUS and co-owner of the Portland general contractor Hammer & Hand.  “We’re excited to share practical experience and Passive House knowledge with our colleagues in the building industry at JLC LIVE.”

WHO: Passive House Alliance US team of builders, designers and suppliers:

  • Graham Irwin, Essential Habitat Consulting
  • Graham Wright, Wright On Sustainability
  • Florian Speier, Zola Windows
  • Skylar Swinford, Hammer & Hand
  • Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand
  • Rick Milburn, Passivworks
  • Alex Boetzel, Greenhammer
  • Bart Bergquist & Rob Hawthorne, PDX Living
  • Blake Bilyeu, Bilyeu Homes
  • Dan Whitmore, Blackbird Builders

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, 2011


10:30-11:30 Passive House Primer (G. Irwin) & Builder Presentation (R. Millburn)

12:30-1:30 High Performance Windows & Doors (F. Speier) & Builder Presentation (A. Boetzel)

2:30-3:30 Air-Tight Construction (S. Swinford) & Builder Presentation (B. Bergquist & R. Hawthorne)


10:30-11:30 Passive House Primer (G. Irwin) & Builder Presentation (R. Milburn)

12:30-1:30 Heat Recovering Ventilation (G. Wright) & Builder Presentation (B. Bilyeu)

2:30-3:30 Thermal Bridge-Free Construction (S. Hagerman) & Builder Presentation (D. Whitmore)

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.

MEDIA ACCESS: Media passes are available at the event registration desk.

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About Passive House Alliance US

The Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) is a non-profit organization created to support the Passive House building energy standard through public outreach, education, support of industry professionals and advocacy.  Its membership includes planners, consultants, builders, architects, manufacturers and other individuals working to implement and promote Passive House building energy efficiency standards and construction in the United States.  PHAUS is closely aligned with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), the national training and certification agency for Passive House professionals, projects and products.

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