Welcome to the Connecticut Passive House training portal.
Workshop 1: Intro to PH and Building Envelope
During the construction of Passive House buildings, the construction manager, contractors, and trades people are ultimately responsible for executing the design intent of the project. In this session we will identify ways to successfully construct the building envelope to achieve a well-insulated, airtight assembly. This will include a close look at details and photos of typical construction types, wall assemblies, innovative products and the good, bad, and ugly. This is planned to be an interactive training, so come prepared with questions and to discuss challenges faced when constructing high performance buildings.
- Brief review of high-performance design basics
- Review typical construction types along with sample details and photos
- Focus on common problem areas along with ways to avoid issues
- Look at new and innovative Passive House components.
Workshop 2: Carpentry, Window Installers, Air Barrier, and Insulation Trades
This session will prepare staff for in-field conditions and the level of detail necessary to construct Passive House buildings. During the construction of a high-performance project it is critical that the design intent is accurately implemented to achieve the desired efficiency and durability. The application of building envelope air barrier, insulation, and windows will be demonstrated through a series of mock-ups. The trainer will demonstrate both good and bad installations and show how to identify and diagnose problem locations. Come prepared with scenarios in mind to share from your projects as well.
- Application of air barrier materials at rough openings and field of wall
- Installation of windows and different air sealing strategies
- Approach to sealing penetrations through the building envelope
- Performance testing, results, and strategies to improve assembly performance
Workshop 3: HVAC and Plumbing Trades
In the construction of a Passive House building, it is critical that the construction managers, subcontractors and tradespeople are equipped with the knowhow to accurately execute MEP systems as designed. This session will focus on typical mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems used on high performance buildings and best methods used on-site to achieve the project’s energy goals. Come prepared to discuss the challenges surrounding the on-site application of MEP systems.
- Learn how to accurately execute MEP systems as designed
- Discuss HVAC – ventilation, space conditioning, ductwork air sealing
- Examine Plumbing – DHW, piping layout, pipe insulation, hydronic systems
- Discuss Electric – Lighting and controls, pumps, elevators
About The Speaker: Michael O'Donnell
Michael O’Donnell is a Principal Building Systems Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., with over ten years of energy efficiency and building science experience. He provides consulting, certification support, site inspections, and performance testing for primarily new construction multifamily projects in the New York City and Northeast region. Project types include Passive House (PHI and PHIUS), ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise, Enterprise Green Communities, and NYC Energy Code TR8 Inspections. He currently holds the Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Tradesperson, PHIUS+ Verifier, and BPI Multifamily Building Analyst certifications. He has developed and delivered Passive House field training for Passive House Massachusetts and SUNY New Paltz’s Net Zero Carbon Training series funded by NYSERDA.
QA/QC Techniques for Ensuring Success
April 16 @ 9:00am – 12 noon
Building on previous sessions, this module will focus on the quality control and quality assurance techniques for high-performance construction. The need for oversight on the construction of Passive House buildings is essential to meeting the project’s energy targets. This session will address a variety of topics related to energy efficiency including construction quality, documentation, implementation, and best practices from successful projects. This will be an interactive session, so come prepared to speak about challenges with quality control/assurance as it pertains to energy efficiency.
- Define construction quality
- Discuss best practices for ensuring project success
- Review quality documentation requirements & quality control and quality assurance mechanisms
- Identify quality issues, how to correct and document corrections
- Understand building envelope testing considerations
Passive House 101 - February 26, 2021
Passive House is the world’s most rigorous building energy performance standard, requiring a significant reduction in energy consumption while yielding other benefits such as superior comfort, durability, resilience, and health. It can play a major role in our energy future, contributing to our reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by moving away from fossil fuel combustion.
This virtual program is an introduction to Passive House, covering the core principles of Passive House standards and methodologies.
Presented by two Connecticut Passive House Board Members and Co-Founders:
Leonard Wyeth AIA, CPHD and CTPH President
George Penniman AIA, LEED AP, CPHD and CTPH Treasurer