North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) 2018 Conference
The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) 2018 Conference got a kick start from WPPSEF. Passive House Western Pennsylvania received a $25,000 grant from WPPSEF to secure space in Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center for this national confrence in October of 2018. Passive House is a rigorous standard for energy efficiency resulting in low energy use for space heating or cooling. Building professionals have used the standard to construct residential properties, office buildings, hotels, prisons, schools, hospitals, supermarkets, and mixed-used buildings. The United Nations recently identified the Passive House design concept as probably the only way to mitigate global warming caused by the built environment. Joel Morrison, Director of WPPSEF, stated that “The NAPHN18 conference fits well with the WPPSEF mission to facilitate public education regarding sustainable energy deployment in the Western Pennsylvania region.” PHWPA also notes that the WPPSEF grant extends the benefits of the education and information exchange that will occur at the conference to North America and beyond because of the many national and international attendees, who will return to their homelands filled with new, applicable knowledge.