Extreme Home Makeover: Going from HERS 364 to almost zero using the Passive House EnerPHit Standard - Boston, USA

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Thu 10 Jan 2013 3:00 – 5:00
BSA|Space 290 Congress Street, Boston, USA

Wednesday! Extreme Home Makeover: Going from HERS 364 to almost zero using the Passive House EnerPHit Standard RSVP requested: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFBFT3ZkMklkRFdSSTU4a3hPOEdsMGc6MA Off-site participation is available for those who RSVP by noon. Deep energy retrofits are a growing market in the U.S. due to the age and quantity of existing housing stock. These projects offer different challenges than new construction: How to determine appropriate project goals? What are the cost impacts and benefits? Can (and should) certain measures be undertaken in existing buildings? We will examine a 1902 timber-frame house that is being retrofit to the Passive House EnerPHit Standard, reviewing why that standard was selected as the goal (and how it compares to code and other standards); energy modeling using both the Passive House Planning Package and REM/Rate software; modeling’s influence on design; and finally construction and execution of critical details to get to the desired measured performance. Kristen Simmons, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Kristen Simmons is an architect from Boston, Massachusetts and is one the founders of Passive House New England. Since receiving her Master of Architecture from the University of Florida, Ms Simmons has focused on residential and institutional projects which include adaptive re-use, historic preservation, and sustainable design components. Ms. Simmons is currently a consultant with ICF, where she develops and manages a Massachusetts multifamily energy efficiency incentive program Ms. Simmons is also the principal of her own firm, Kristen Simmons Architects; selected projects include the Catbird House Deep Energy Retrofit (to be completed in 2013) and Trinity Church in the City of Boston Restoration and Renovation, while at Goody Clancy.