14th October, 2017 | Clare Parry

I recently travelled to Oakland, California, to present at the North American Passivhaus Network’s conference, NAPHN ’17.

The event focused on the nexus between buildings, renewable energy generation and large-scale, grid-supplied renewable energy storage. With attendees from across the US, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Japan, China and beyond, the conference examined in detail the potential for low energy and net zero buildings across the globe and for all market sectors.

Keynotes Scott Foster, Director of the Sustainable Energy Division for the United Nations Economic Commission, opened proceedings, detailing why the Passivhaus is the tool we need to save the world. Elrond Burrell, global blogger and Passivhaus guru, left the audience inspired and engaged following his closing address.
The Passivhaus for High Rise workshop delivered the inspiration from Vancouver and New York, while the technical workshops and tour of the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratories (LBNL) helped to consolidate the key learnings of practitioners working across research and delivery of the built environment. Site tours included visits to exemplar projects across the city, including a number of sites in Palo Alto.

More general conference info here: https://www.naphnconference.com/

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