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European Passive House in the California Context
AIA San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
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European Passive House in the California Context
Okay kWh/SF-YR number crunchers, get ready for European Passive House translated to California shores. The O'Niell Residence, certified in 2010 as California's First Passive House, features triple glazed windows, R74 roof and R-31 wall insulation, and a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim heat pump backup system in Sonoma. Is this way over the top for coastal California, or an entire new standard for home construction that will soon be taking California's 16 climate zones by storm? European Passive House is not only gaining traction, it's almost universally adopted by all European countries as a standard for what is 'nearly zero energy' home construction.

Nabih Tahan, AIA, and Bronwyn Barry will be discussing various Passive House case studies in Europe and California, and the potential for the adoption of ultra-low energy building envelope standards into Title 24 for the AB32/ 2020 zero net energy challenge (now only 8 years away). They will also touch on cost effective super-insulated building systems that could be more readily adopted by California's production home industry.

Speakers:
Nabih Tahan, AIA, is an architect based in Berkeley, CA, and Austria, and a founding board member of Passive House CA. After several years living in Austria, Nabih returned to California in 2005 to introduce the Passive House Standard to California in the renovation of his home. As a consultant to the Austrian Trade Commission, Mr. Tahan authored a study describing the opportunities for Austrian companies to introduce their products and systems to the US green building industry. Mr. Tahan has now joined the general contracting firm, CREE Byrhomberg, that specializes in a timber based "system approach" method to designing and building office buildings, schools and residential projects in North America.

Bronwyn Barry is Director of One Sky Homes, a Silicon Valley Net Zero Energy Home Builder. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant, an Associate AIA member, and serves as the Co-Chair and a founding board member of Passive House California. She will be one of the featured speakers at the International Passive House Conference in 2012, Hannover, Germany.

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AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States


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Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Green
Other > Technology

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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San Francisco, CA United States
Jan 11, 2012 1:35 PM
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Jan 09, 2012 4:10 PM
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