Passive House: Planning and Design, October 17, Presented by Mike Duclos, Portland Maine

  • 17 October 2018
  • Start time : 08:00 AM
  • End time : 04:30 PM
  • Event Host : HalfMoon Education Inc.
  • Event Location : Hilton Doubletree, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME, 04106, United States
Passive House Planning and Design by Mike Duclos
Event Description

Passive House: Planning and Design is a full day interactive seminar with Halfmoon in Portland, ME for architects, engineers, interested members of the general public and policymakers, and especially those considering constructing a new home or doing a major renovation or those who may soon become part of a Passive House project team. Find out for yourself what all the excitement is about!

This course provides 6.5 PDHs, HSW and AIA HSW for those attending. We cover a brief history of Passive House, then dive into the unique and powerful aspects of Passive House design and construction, illustrated by a variety of projects on which I’ve been the Certified Passive House Consultant, and/or a PHIUS Plus Rater, with projects certified by PHIUS and PHI. The initial focus is on single family homes, but we will review the highlights of what will soon be the first certified multifamily Passive House in New Hampshire, a 24 unit affordable senior housing project in Gilford, NH. A number of these have been learning experiences you don’t need to experience for yourself, and are ‘news you can use,’ including real world data from building operation.

We will compare, contrast and illustrate with real world examples exactly how very different Passive House design, construction and verification is from ‘business as usual’ for typical code compliance. The Passive House standard was created to address climate change by minimizing the need for operational energy. As a byproduct, it provides extraordinary thermal comfort, indoor air quality and resilience to electricity grid failure, as well as being an idea platform for zero net energy, and off grid / light grid touch operation.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • HalfMoon Education Inc.
  • Agenda
    • Agenda:
      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
      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, IAQ, comfort, durability
      Energy calculations: how and when to perform them
      Energy calculation tools: introduction and functionality
      Passive House Certification process
      Assembling and managing a project team
      Design features of single and multifamily Passive Houses
      Critical factors for floor-planning, windows and ventilation

      Architectural Elements of Passive Houses
      Siting, sizing, insolation, shading and orientation
      Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging
      Critical elements - windows, ventilation, dehumidification
      Ultra-efficient lights, fixtures and appliances
      Multifamily design considerations
      Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies
      Integrating renewable energy – single and multifamily

      Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses
      Optimizing heat gains
      Passive solar heating, with actual data from 3 buildings
      Indoor environmental heat gains
      Heat and energy recovery ventilation systems
      Supplemental heating systems
      Energy-efficient appliances
      Multifamily mechanical systems considerations

      Evaluating Passive House Case Studies
      Adapting Passive House for Maine
      Case studies: single and multifamily projects
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • 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
  • Event type
    • Training

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