2012 ACI California Home Performance Conference

High Performance Details For California Climates: Lessons Learned

Passive House advocates Katy Hollbacher, Bronwyn Barry and Mary James are delivering this presentation at the upcoming 2012 ACI California Home Performance Conference June 5-6 in Sacramento. This session is Tuesday, June 5 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Don't miss out!

Often, a large discrepancy exists between the targeted energy efficiency of a retrofit or newly built home and its actual performance. The Passive House building energy standard was developed more than two decades ago to drastically reduce energy use in buildings. What are the lessons to be learned from this wealth of experience and research, and how are these lessons being applied to California climates? Drawing from their experiences with Passive House techniques and construction approaches, the presenters will discuss:

  • cost-effective wall assemblies that work
  • window selection and installation details
  • HVAC pitfalls to avoid 
  • the importance of monitoring and retrocommissioning.