Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction
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Monday, February 7, 2022
8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST (incl. a 60-min break)
Michael B. Duclos Principal and Founder of THE DEAP Energy Group, LLC
Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Conventional Construction
History of energy-conserving residential construction
Facts and figures on residential energy use
Energy language primer/review, and introduction to thermal bridging
Building code requirements, HERS, energy efficiency incentives
Passive House Standard: Purpose, Principles and Development
Passive House deliverables: low energy, IAQ, comfort, durability
Energy calculations: how and when to perform them
Energy calculation tools: introduction and functionality
Design features of single and multifamily Passive Houses
Why floor planning can make or break certification – with examples
Passive House Certification process
Assembling and managing a team to ensure quality and performance
Architectural Elements of Passive Houses
Passive survivability, with data from three homes
Siting, sizing, insolation, shading and orientation
Super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging
Critical elements – windows, ventilation, dehumidification
Ultra-efficient lights and appliances
Multifamily design considerations
Winter solar gain and heat retention strategies
Integrating renewable energy – single and multifamily
Mechanical Systems in Passive Houses
Heat/energy recovery and exhaust ventilation systems
• Ventilation system design and commissioning
• Cooktop exhaust hood capture efficiency
Space heating systems, DHW generation methods
Air source heat pumps – important differences
Multifamily mechanical systems considerations
Evaluating Passive House Case Studies
Climate-specific Passive building standard
Client, planning, and construction considerations
Case studies: single and multifamily projects
Why Passive House now ?
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6.5 HSW CE Hours
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.65 CEUs (Sustainability)
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Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction
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Michael B. Duclos
Principal and Founder of THE DEAP Energy Group, LLC
Mr. Duclos is a principal and founder of THE DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of deep energy retrofit, zero net energy and Passive House-related consulting services. He is a founder, on the board of directors, and director of education of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET-certified HERS Provider specifically catering to independent HERS Raters in New England. Mr. Duclos also founded Energy Efficiency Associates, LLC, to provide conventional home HERS, energy audit, Stretch Code, tax certification and associated verification and consulting services.
Mr. Duclos was an energy consultant on the Transformations, Inc., Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge entry, which was awarded the second prize of $15K. He has worked on a variety of Zero Net Energy, DER and Passive House projects, including two National Grid DER projects which qualified for the ACI Thousand Homes Challenge, Option B, both of which have certified with a year of energy consumption data to use less energy than specified by THC Option B. Mr. Duclos conducted a feasibility study of a retrofit to the Passive House new home performance standard. He assisted with the design and preparation of the PHPP for the first EnerPHIT certified home in the US.
Mr. Duclos also worked on the design and certification of the first National Grid DER project to successfully qualify for the Zero Net Energy incentive, which completed a year of use with a surplus of 500 KWHR. He served on the NESEA Zero Energy Task force which analyzed utility bill data from applicants for the annual $10K award for the best zero net energy home. Mr. Duclos is a founding member and was on the board of directors of Passive House New England, Inc., a non-profit promoting high performance building, including Passive House. He is a member of the Northeast HERS Alliance Technical Committee and was on the MassSave New Construction Program HERS Rater Panel.
Mr. Duclos monitors the delivered performance of his projects using a variety of real time electricity monitors, as well as temperature, RH and CO2 loggers and correlates this data to the expected performance predicted by his energy models. The actual data, and the stories behind the data are made available to the public in speaking engagements in a variety of public venues, and in publications like Home Energy Magazine.
Mr. Duclos is an ITC-certified building science infrared thermographer, and he is the certified Passive House consultant responsible for the design and certification of the second Passive House in Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UMass Lowell, and two patents.
Mr. Duclos consulted on the first multifamily Passive House certified in New Hampshire, a 24-unit affordable senior housing facility near Laconia, New Hampshire.
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Course Title: Passive House: Planning, Design and Construction
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course covers the purposes, principles and development of the Passive House standard in the US. Topics include design of mechanical and electrical systems, architectural elements, and case studies of retrofits and new passive house construction in New York.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the passive house building energy standard, identify energy calculation tools, and perform energy calculations to demonstrate that building systems meet the standard.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to design mechanical and energy systems to optimize heat gains and minimize heating and cooling loads.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the architectural elements of Passive Houses, including siting, sizing, orientation, super-insulated envelope with minimized thermal bridging, airtightness, heat recovery ventilation, and renewable energy technologies.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss and reference case studies demonstrating how the passive house standard has been adapted for different regions and climates, including New York.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with residential home design and construction and energy-efficiency standards
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 10/12/2024
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