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    2016 April SimClub Meeting

    April 07, 2016
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    MKK Consulting Engineers
    7600 East Orchard Road, Suite 250-S
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Passive House is the strictest energy efficiency standard in the world. It is a performance standard with rigorous and verifiable thresholds which have been met by many building typologies in every climate. The standard is also based on a comfort and health criteria to provide a holistic experience for occupants. While being very strict, once mastered Passive House is surprisingly flexible, providing designers multiple compliance paths and immediate performance feedback, backed up by a fast growing and evolving supply market and professional community. In this presentation Enrico and Andrew will cover the Passive House standard with an emphasis on commercial buildings, citing design considerations and examples.

    Passive House Requirements: Heating demand / heating load definition, Cooling demand / cooling load , Air tightness Primary energy / PER requirements, Air Exchange, Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)

    Considerations: Climate-specific approach, Comfort requirements, Form factor, Orientation,  U-values, R-values, Thermal bridge free construction

    Emphasis on Nonresidential buildings include: Physics of large scale buildings, Building time constant, Dynamic thermal properties of envelope assemblies, Use-specific requirements, Interior heat gains, Solar heat gains, Design heating load, Design cooling load, PHPP vs dynamic simulation, WUFI modeling

    SYSTEMS: Ventilation systems, Heating/cooling systems, Specialized systems

    EXAMPLES: Hotels, Sports Facilities, Schools, Offices, Museums, Production Plants

    Enrico Bonilauri, CPHC the first architect in Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy to receive accreditation from the Passivhaus Institute as a Certified Passivhaus Designer. He is co-founder of EMU Building Science newly based in Colorado and is currently building a certified passive house residence in Italy. He writes on building science and Passive House on his popular blog (

    Andrew Michler, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC is a high performance design consultant and author of the newly released book [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture ( about worldwide movements in sustainable architecture. The chapter [Germany Maintains] profiles the first certified Passivhaus Museum in the world and a conversation with Passivhaus Institut founder Dr. Wolfgang Feist, downloadable for free. He recently completed the first international certified Passive House in Colorado.

    Remote Attendance:

    If you are not able to make it in person but would like to attend remotely, please register for the webinar at the following location

    Registration URL:
    Webinar ID: 105-786-643



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