Program Portal

What the Inflation Reduction Act Means to All-Electric Construction Lunch & Learn
January 26, 12 PM – 1 PM

The Sponsors of Energize Connecticut in partnership with Connecticut Passive House are pleased to offer the Energize CT Passive House webinars at no-cost! Please see below to reserve your virtual seat and join us for this exciting and informative virtual webinar!

With cutting edge technologies like heat pumps, electric fireplaces, induction stoves and heat pump water heaters, the all-electric home is already the less expensive, decarbonized and more premium option for new construction. With the passage of the infrastructure Reduction Act (IRA) in August 2022, all electric technologies are getting a major boost in federal incentives for homeowners and builders that will further drive their adoption. This presentation will profile the benefits, costs and strategies around building all-electric and get an in-depth update about what the IRA will mean to both consumers and builders in the years to come.

Speakers: Joseph Wachunas, New Buildings Institute and Brian Stewart, Founder, Electrify Now

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Heat Pump Water Heating Design and Installation Best Practices

November 30, 2022
Lunch & Learn

Heat pump water heaters are becoming more available, efficient, and reliable than ever.  As with other heat pump systems, the design and installation practices have a major impact on system efficiency and performance and can affect customer satisfaction.  This module provides an overview of design and installation best practices and cover topics such as condensate management, proper sizing, and selecting the best installation location to enhance performance and customer satisfaction.

By the end of this module attendees will be able to:
• Understand heat pump water heating technology and applications
• Determine the most appropriate system size and configuration
• Recognize the signs of a quality installation
• Properly commission new installations

Featuring: Adam Romano, Principal Building Systems Consultant of Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

AIA CEU Approved
BPI Self-Report Approved



High Performance Ventilation Systems for Homes Workshops, Parts 1 and 2

October 11 & 17, 2022

As new home envelopes have become more and more airtight, most in the homebuilding industry have come to understand that proper ventilation is critical. But how much air do we need and what systems should we install? This workshop will discuss the health impacts of ventilation, different ventilation rates and explore various ventilation systems: pros and cons, costs and benefits, and tips for installing the best systems for your project.

By the end of this module attendees will be able to:
• Understand the principles of air movement and ventilation
• List the ventilation code and standard requirements
• Identify various types of heat recovery ventilation equipment
• Recognize the occupant and building issues resulting from inadequate ventilation
• Develop a successful ventilation system upgrade/integration plan

Speaker: Scott Pusey, Principal Sustainability Consultant of Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Hotel Marcel Networking and Tour

September 13, 2022

Join Connecticut Passive House, Connecticut Green Building Council, and Conscious Capitalism CT at a networking happy hour and tour of Hotel Marcel.

Bruce Becker of Becker + Becker will have some remarks about their hotel retrofit of the iconic New Haven building currently pursuing NetZero, LEED Platinum, and ENERGY STAR® certifications and is slated to become the first Passive House hotel in the United States. Becker and Steven Winter Associates team members will lead tours.

Heat Pump Design and Installation Best Practices

September 13, 2022 Lunch & Learn

Description: Air source heat pump (ASHP) design and installation practices have a major impact on system efficiency and performance and can affect customer comfort and satisfaction. This module provides and overview of the design and installation considerations as well as homeowner education to help ensure efficient air-source heat pumps and comfortable customers in cold climates.

By the end of this module attendees will be able to:
• Understand heat pump water heating technology and its applications
• Determine the most appropriate system size and configuration
• Recognize the signs of a quality installation
• Properly commission new installations

Speaker: Adam Romano, Principal Building Systems Consultant of Steven Winter Associates, Inc.


Air Sealing and Insulation for Homes Workshop, Parts 1 and 2

August 23 & 30, 2022

Proper air sealing and insulation techniques are essential to increase building energy efficiency, durability, occupant comfort and indoor air quality. This workshop focuses on ways to enhance the building’s thermal and pressure boundaries through appropriate insulation and air sealing techniques. Attendees will learn about the importance of selection, and application of air sealing and insulation materials.

Speaker: Scott Pusey, Principal Sustainability Consultant of Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

4 AIA HSW (2 for each part)


Energize Connecticut Passive House Webinar: Reasons for Switching to All Electric

August 8, 2022

Residential electrification is a crucial step in the pathway towards widespread decarbonization, and with the recent advancement and increased availability of electric appliances now may be the best time to ditch the gas meter. In this module, we will explore the benefits of electrification, provide an overview of the considerations when going all-electric, and discuss a variety of technology options and best practices for incorporating heat pumps for both domestic hot water and space heating.

By the end of this module attendees will be able to:
• Summarize the benefits of building electrification
• Discuss the major considerations when electrifying residential homes
• Understand how heat pump systems operate and where they can be applied
• Describe the various options available for non-fossil fuel water heating

Speaker: Adam Romano, Principal Building Systems Consultant, Steven Winter Associates, Inc

Energize Connecticut Passive House Webinar: Continuous Insulation Workshop, Parts 1 and 2

July 13 & 19, 2022

Continuous insulation is an effective way to insulate building enclosures in order to increase thermal performance, reduce condensation risk, and improve building durability. Learn the importance of selection and application of continuous insulation materials, identify challenging details seen on construction projects and propose solutions on how these can be overcome, and describe the common approaches for continuous insulation installation on residential projects.

Speaker: Scott Pusey, Principal Sustainability Consultant of Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Beer & Learn:"Old House, Little House"

June 30, 2022

Tour a Passive-House inspired deep energy retrofit at Wyeth Architects’ new office in Chester, CT, and a Tesla solar roof at nearby Little House Brewing Co.

The Passive House as an Ecosystem: Carbon Reduction Goes Beyond the Envelope

April 12, 2022

Cohosted with AIACT as part of their Sustainable Architecture Awareness Month

A Connecticut Passive House ENCORE PRESENTATION featuring updates on:

  • CO2 reduction through the use of Phase Change Materials
  • How to track the hidden CO2 surrounding the Passive House

Carbon reduction in the Passive House ecosystem involves three distinct systems: the Passive House, the renewable energy components, and the site around the building.

Aside from standard Passive House strategies of minimizing energy loads and decisions about materials and building methods, the site strategy – before and after construction, AND after occupation – should be considered as part of the overall environmental story. This includes a site “carbon impact” analysis.

Speaker: Philippe Campus AIA, CPHC, CTPH Board Member

Passive House for Builders & Contractors Workshop

March 24, 2022

Designed for builders, contractors, project managers, subs, and trades, this session provides an overview of Passive House details, explores the construction challenges unique to Passive House builds, and shares lessons learned from recent projects. Also important information for architects to hear.

Speakers: Nat Coughlin, CPHB, President of L.D. Russo Construction Ed Sople, LEED AP, Chief Operating Officer of Dellbrook JKS Aaron Gunderson, CPHT, Executive Director of PHMass

The Passive House as an Ecosystem: Carbon Reduction Goes Beyond the Envelope
March 3, 2022

Carbon reduction in the Passive House ecosystem involves three distinct systems: the Passive House, the renewable energy components, and the site around the building.

Speaker: Philippe Campus AIA, CPHC, CTPH Board Member

Passive House Multi-Family Workshop: Lessons Learned from the First Generation of Projects

February 24, 2022

While multifamily Passive House projects are just getting off the ground in Connecticut, in other parts of the US and Canada they have been in existence for many years. This workshop explores lessons learned from many of these groundbreaking projects, showcasing what works, what doesn’t, what challenges they faced, and what innovative solutions can be used in projects here.

Speakers: Andrew Steingiser, CPHC, PHMA Board of Directors Monte Paulsen, CPHC PHI Building Certifier

Multi-Family Passive House Buildings & Design
December 15, 2021 Lunch & Learn

This course will provide an overview of the Passive House building standard, including certification metrics, common design elements of buildings, history and growth of the standard, and results and impacts on energy use, carbon emissions, air quality, and occupant comfort. Examples of various building types will be presented and information on funding initiatives will be provided. Get your questions answered on what Passive House is, where it came from, and how it is expanding throughout the region.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn what the Passive House standard is, what the requirements and metric are, and why it matters.
2. Learn about the principles and common elements of Passive House buildings and impacts on energy use, carbon emissions, and health & wellness.
3. Learn about examples and case-studies of successful Passive House buildings of different types.
4. Learn about policies and funding initiatives impacting Passive House and how the region is growing

Presented by Aaron Gunderson, PASSIVEhouse Massachusetts

Factoring in Electrification: Designs for a Renewable Energy Grid

December 8, 2021 Lunch & Learn

Electrification is the buzzword du jour for decarbonization, and it’s pushing policymakers to rethink how they structure everything, from local codes, to energy models, to how they incentive programs focused on high performance buildings. Passive House has always provided a more careful accounting of ‘source energy,’ looking closely at which fuels power which appliances and HVAC equipment, noting that not all source energy is equal. This presentation will delve into how the international Passive House standard is structured to support both electrification and decarbonization. We’ll dig into the back end of the Primary Energy Renewables framework, seeing how these apply across a few regions. Lastly, we’ll look at how these renewable source energy factors work using a specific project as an example.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How do electric grids differ across the U.S.?
  2. Why do regional grids have different renewable energy capacities?
  3. What is an electric utilization factor?
  4. How does the Passive House energy model (PHPP) calculate electric energy use by local region, by season and by specific appliance use to make grid decarbonization easier?
Presented by Bronwyn Barry, The Passive House Network Board Chair & Dylan Martello, Steven Winter Associates Senior Building Systems Consultant
Passive House Process: The Path to Certification
June 9, 2021 Lunch & Learn

The path to Passive House certification ensures the topmost quality and building performance for both new construction and retrofits. This presentation demystifies the process by introducing key players, mapping critical milestones and reviewing concepts and tools that come up along the way.

• Review the timeline for certification and learn how to efficiently integrate it into the design process
• Review energy modeling software such as WUFI Passive and THERM and hear about resources for learning more about these programs
• Learn about the roles of Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), Certified Passive House Builder (CPHB) and Certified Passive House Rater/Verifier and what roles they play in the process
• Learn the basic building science behind Passive House Certification and how it leads to up to a 90% reduction in energy consumption when compared to conventional building

Presented by John Loercher, a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), serves on the board for the Passive House Alliance US and is a Certified CPHC trainer. He brings experience from over two dozen certified Passive House projects including Residential, Mulitfamily, Commercial, New Construction and Retrofits.

Passive House 201: A Technical Look at Passive House
May 19, 2021 Lunch & Learn

Go into greater depth regarding the challenges and successful strategies employed to achieve the Passive House design criteria on significant projects in the Northeast. Topics covered include basic massing, shading and solar control; air barrier, weather barrier and thermal control layers; balanced ventilation, efficient heating, cooling and domestic hot water systems; models used to guide the design.

• Learn more about the Passive House standard, what it accomplishes, and common elements of Passive House buildings.
• Understand how Passive House provides an ideal path to achieving Net Zero Energy buildings.
• Understand how the building enclosure design is critical to meeting the Passive House certification criteria.
• Learn how mechanical systems design can work with envelope design to reduce energy loads.

Presented by Luke McKneally, CPHC, AIA, LEED AP who has over 20 years of experience practicing architecture, implementing renewable energy systems, and supporting energy efficiency – with a focus over the past 6 years on ultra-efficient Passive House design and construction. Luke is a licensed architect in MA, a USGBC LEED accredited professional, and a Certified Passive House Consultant. He currently works at ICF on the Multi-Family High Rise and Passive House incentive paths for the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program (Mass Save), where he assists project participants to improve building energy performance. He has served on the board of Passive House Massachusetts, and is co-chair of the Medford Energy and Environment Committee.

4-Part Building Science Workshop Series — Workshop 1: Intro to PH and Building Envelope

Part 1 of the 4-Part Building Science Workshop series presented by Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

May 12, 2021

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.


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.

4-Part Building Science Workshop Series — Workshop 2: Carpentry, Window Installers, Air Barrier, and Insulation Trades

March 19, 2021

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
4-Part Building Science Workshop Series — Workshop 3: HVAC and Plumbing Trades

April 9, 2021


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
4-Part Building Science Workshop Series — Workshop 4: QA/QC Techniques for Ensuring Success

April 16, 2021


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