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Lois ArenaLois Arena, Steven Winter Associates. Lois Arena, PE possesses over 19 years of experience in the building science field. She has extensive experience with new and existing buildings including on-site testing and diagnostics, design assistance and energy modeling. Lois has co-authored and presented training programs about high performance homes to professionals in all sectors of the building industry. As a licensed remodeling contractor, she focused on an integrated systems approach to building incorporating both energy-efficient and green building techniques. Lois received her MS from the University of Colorado's Building Science program. She is a Professional Engineer and a certified Passive House Consultant and is currently employed by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. where she conducts advanced systems research and provides consulting services for high performance buildings.



speaker place holderAlan Barlis, BarlisWedlick Architects LLCAlan Barlis joined Dennis Wedlick Architect, as the firm was then known, in 1997. Trained in both system architecture and urban planning across continents, Barlis’ skills helped grow the firm rapidly. He soon became a leader on Wedlick’s team; just a few years into his tenure at the firm he spearheaded the opening of a satellite office in the Rocky Mountains, running projects in Basalt, Aspen, and Vail. Upon his return from Colorado, Barlis managed the main practice, expanding the firm’s portfolio beyond rural resort properties to include urban residences, affordable housing projects, rural conservation subdivisions, and sustainable prototypes. In 2005, Barlis became co-owner of the firm. Barlis holds a Masters of Architecture from MIT; he is an architect registered in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and trained in LEED and Passive House certification. He is on the board of the Tribeca Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving the architectural heritage of Tribeca, the Manhattan neighborhood in which the firm has been located for over 15 years. A frequent speaker on architecture, interior design, and energy conservation, Barlis has taught at the City College of New York, and is co-author with Wedlick of Classic and Modern: Signature Styles (2013).

speaker place holderBronwyn Barry, Passive to Positive. Carri Beer, AIA - Carri graduated with a Master of Architecture from Texas Tech University with special study in sustainable design.  She has experience with both commercial and residential projects, government clients and private clients.  Carri was one of Maryland's first LEED Accredited Professionals and consulted on several of the region's first notable LEED projects.  She has served as project architect on Passive House, Net-Zero, ‘green’ new homes and renovations.  Carri currently serves as Co-Chair of AIABaltimore COTE

speaker place holderCarrie Beer, One Sky Homes. Bronwyn Barry works as the Design Director for One Sky Homes, a Silicon Valley Passive House and Net Zero Energy homebuilder. Her specialty is high performance windows.  She designed one of the first Passive House Certified windows in the US for Wooden Window in Oakland, California. Bronwyn is a Certified Passive House Designer and a founding member of Passive House California and the North American Passive House Network. Her passion is carbon emissions reduction for the built environment.

speaker place holderChris Benedict. Speaker details coming soon...



Andreas Benzing PicAndreas Benzing, a.m.Benzing architects pllc.  Andreas is licensed to practice architecture in New York and in Germany, is a LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Passive House Consultant, and a Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Architektenkammer Berlin, the International Passive House Association, and is a founding director of NY Passive House, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting the Passive House standard in the New York region. Andreas has been appointed by the Manhattan Borough President to serve on Manhattan’s Community Board 5.

speaker place holderJames Bill, ZERO IMPACT ARCHITECTURE. James is a licensed architect and president of Zero Impact Architecture (ZIA), a firm dedicated to integrating beauty, health, and comfort with the science of deep sustainability. He was the architect of the first newly built Passive House in California, an extremely low energy building that is also an affordable housing unit. Besides energy reduction and the impact buildings can offer in reducing climate change impacts, his sustainability interests include water reduction, reducing toxicity of materials to people and the environment, prefabricated construction, healthy indoor air quality, and allthings Living Building Challenge. He is a past board member of the USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter, founding and recent Board Member of Passive House California, internationally Certified Passive House Designer, LEED Accredited Professional, MIT Masters in Architecture recipient, an active speaker on carbon footprint reduction needs and strategies, and communication mediation expert.

speaker place holderMario Bodem, Ing + Arch. Mario is Consultant for numerous international energy efficiency projects and has extensive experience in the planning and realization of Passive House projects including public buildings, schools, kindergarten, administrative buildings and multi-family houses etc. A Certified Passive House Designer since 2011, achievements include 2013 Bavarian state prize for EE-Refurbishment using passive house components. Training architects and engineers in energy efficient technology. Trainer in passive courses.

speaker place holderEnrico Bonilauri, Emu Architetti!. 2002- Undergraduate degree in Architecture, U Parma, Italy; 2003- Study abroad year, FH Biberach, Germany; 2006- Master in Architecture, U Parma, Italy; 2006- State exam as Architect, Parma, Italy; 2008- Master in Sustainable Design, U Sydney, Australia; 2009-16 - Emu Architetti, owner and registered architect, Reggio Emilia, Italy; 2012- Certified Passive House Designer; 2014- International PH Conference, Aachen, Germany; 2015- International PH Conference, Leipzig, Germany; 2016- P. presenter at International PH Conference, Darmstadt, Germany.

speaker place holderWendy Brawer. Wendy E. Brawer is an award-winning eco-designer and social innovator. She is best known as the founder and director of Green Map System, which engages communities in 65 countries in mapping sustainability and social change. An early contributor to the emerging green building scene in New York, Wendy has worked on energy, waste reduction and other issues impacting New Yorkers’ quality of life since 1990. Formerly the Designer in Residence Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Wendy is actively involved in diverse projects that will help NYC meet its 80 by 2050 goals. She is also a partner of Further, Inc.; the design/build development firm specializing in sustainable construction behind the R-951 Residence project.

kevin brennan picKevin Brennan, Passive House Academy. Kevin Brennan of Passive House Academy and has been an essential member of the Passive House community in the NYC area, has an incredible wealth of hands on knowledge, has trained many of the contractors and sub-contractors in the internationally accredited “Certified Passive House Tradesperson” program.  Kevin’s well rounded skill set has been one of the keys to success for many passive house projects.



speaker place holderPaul Castrucci, Paul Castrucci Architect. Mr. Castrucci is a registered architect in New York City with over thirty years of experience in sustainable practices with a focus on residential buildings, arts facilities and community centers. His body of work reflects a personal commitment to sustainability in design and construction by employing materials and building systems with low environmental impact and maximum energy efficiency. His projects typically incorporate systems like passive and active solar heating, geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic electricity generation and schemes for natural day lighting and ventilation. Mr. Castrucci’s work also reflects a strong sense of social responsibility. The design of each of his projects reflects the culture in which it is situated, as he shapes structures that are sympathetic in aesthetics and scale to surrounding structures. He has designed and renovated over a thousand dwelling units throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, many designed specifically for low income residents and the homeless. In addition, Mr. Castrucci is an accomplished curator, sculptor and blacksmith. He previously served as the director and curator of the Lower East Side art spaces: A & P and Bullet. His sculptures have been exhibited at the Dia Art Center, Franklin Furnace and Exit Art. He has received support grants and awards from the AIA New York Chapter, Passive House institute in the US, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Time, Art on the Beach and Public Art Fund.

speaker place holderAdam Cohen. Speaker details coming soon...



ccorson 2Chris Corson, EcoCor, Maine. Christian Corson is the owner and Technical Director of EcoCor LLC and a founding member of PassivHaus Maine.  He is a Builder, Designer, Building Scientist, and a student of life.  His concern for the state of the energy balance of the planet, his love of designing and building well performing buildings, coupled with a fascination with building physics, is a natural fit with Passive House. Chris has designed several single family PH’s to date, in multiple climates. Ecocor is currently under construction of its ninth PH project. Ecocor has also performed Deep Energy Retrofits of three homes in Maine, two of them to Passive House standards. Chris is  dedicated to the evolution of building best practices and building methodologies in the United States so that the construction side of things is more aligned with contemporary materials and practices that embrace concepts with low embodied energy.



speaker place holderSalvatore D'Auria, Ventacity  Systems Inc. Salvatore D'Auria has spent over 30 years involved with high technology products in the computer, networking, and telecommunications area. Five years ago he began applying passive house principles to a deep energy retrofit of a  home in the middle of his organic Orchard in the Hood River Valley of Oregon. He's now focused on developing new technologies that help buildings become healthier and more  energy  efficient.

speaker place holderChris Diamon, NYCEEC. Chris Diamond is the Director of Engineering for NYCEEC.  He is responsible for development and implementation of NYCEEC’s policies and best practices with regard to energy efficiency and building technologies. Chris also manages the technical quality assurance and execution of energy retrofit transactions. Chris has over twenty years of multidisciplinary experience in engineering and architecture, most recently with a focus on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability  in a wide range of commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily residential projects.  Prior to joining NYCEEC, Chris was a Senior Sustainability Consultant with Steven Winter Associates where he led a number of new construction and renovation projects seeking LEED certification.  Additionally, he was an Associate Architect at TEN Arquitectos and an Associate Engineer at Guy Nordenson and Associates prior to that.  He started his career in Los Angeles with Fred Fiedler and Associates. Chris holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of Manhattan College (Bachelor of Engineering).

About NYCEEC: NYCEEC is a leading non-profit finance company that provides loans and alternative financing solutions for clean energy projects.   NYCEEC finances projects that save money, save energy and reduce greenhouse gases.  We are helping New York achieve a clean and sustainable future.



speaker place holderAJ. Elliot, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE, Partner at BLDGtyp llc and CPHC trainer with Passive House Academy. AJ Elliott is a second year Master’s student at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Product Architecture and Engineering program. He joined the 2015 Solar Decathlon team after completing his studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia. AJ led the electrical engineering of the SURE HOUSE as well as communications efforts for the project. Some of the work he did for the home includes: design and development of an self-islanding solar system to provide power through blackouts, integration of disaster-ready community charging, and implementation of home energy and environmental monitoring. AJ will conclude his studies at Stevens in the Spring of 2016, after which he hopes to continue to design and engineer energy saving products and solutions.

speaker place holderTad Everhart, Tad Everhart Energy Advisor LLC. Tad Everhart. After 28 years as a residential real estate developer, homebuilder, and lawyer, Tad Everhart is a CPHC working with designers and builders on new passive houses/plexes and deep energy retrofits, PHI-accredited Passive House building certification through CertiPHIers Cooperative, and on Passive House books with Low Carbon Productions. When he’s not working to finish his family’s home enerPHit, Tad enjoys introducing/importing superior technologies for Passive Houses.




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Luke Falk, Assistant Vice President, The Related Companies. Luke supports the implementation of Related’s corporate sustainability strategy. This includes a focus on enhancing the energy performance of new and existing buildings, commissioning, M+V, and the incorporation of innovative technologies. Prior to joining Related, Mr. Falk was a Project Manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In that capacity he managed NYSERDA’s suite of state-wide energy efficiency and green building programs targeting the multifamily housing market; these programs’ collective budget exceeded $250 Million. Luke serves as a Lecturer at Columbia University, where he has taught in the graduate-level Sustainability Management program since 2009.



speaker place holderXavier Gaucher. Xavier is a Passive House consultant and the owner of the first Passive House in Los Angeles which will be completed by the end of 2016. In 2009 he discovered Passive House International, just after he finished building his dream house in France, acting as the general contractor. Even if the architecture of the project was what he expected, he realized that the efficiency could, and should, have been improved by far. In 2014, he passed the Certified Passive House class from Passive House International. He has always been passionate and successful about promoting ideas and products he believes in and having an interest for architecture and the future of our planet. His new goal is to use the house he is building to promote Passive Houses in Southern California where he just moved this last summer. Born, raised and educated in France, Xavier graduated with a Master in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration and a degree in Sales & Marketing. He joined Carrier, the U.S. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration equipment manufacturer, for whom he worked in France, Switzerland and the U.S. in various Sales & Marketing positions for local and export markets. In 1999, Xavier co-founded Reservit, an Internet hotel reservation system, which became one of the leading solutions in Europe for independent hotels with about 10,000 properties using their system. For 15 years, while in charge mainly of the business development and marketing aspects, the solutions were selected by numerous well known hotel groups (Logis, Best Western, Châteaux & Hotel Collection, Relais & Châteaux, Inter Hotel…). From 4 people in 1999, the company grew to a team of 70 people when he sold his shares of the business before moving to the U.S. with his family and where his wife is from.

Jordan Goldman PicJordan Goldman, Zero Energy Design, New York. Jordan Goldman is the Engineering Principal and a founder of ZeroEnergy Design. He is fluent in building envelope strategies and energy efficient construction systems, building science design principles, as well as mechanical system design, specification, and sizing for enhanced energy performance. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a HERS Rater. Jordan studied Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, where he received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering.

Nick Grant PicNick Grant, Elemental Solutions, United Kingdom. Nick Grant is a freelance building consultant with a lifelong passion for doing more with less. He has no professional qualifications having dropped out of two universities in the 1980s to follow his interests. Whilst thankful for a basic grounding in engineering, he is mostly self-taught. His interest in closing the performance gap led him to his first Passive House conference in 2007. Nick is a practical engineer, tinkerer and self-builder with a keen interest in theory as a useful tool. He is known for questioning everything, including the need to question everything.  He is on the Board of the Passivhaus Trust as Technical Director.



speaker place holderChris Hamm, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE, Partner at BLDGtyp llc and CPHC trainer with Passive House Academy.  Chris Hamm is a second year Master's student at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Product Architecture and Engineering program. As a member of the 2015 Solar Decathlon team for Stevens, known as the SURE House, Chris directed the energy modeling of the home to ensure that the home will achieve the Passive House standard when it returns to New Jersey. The team won 1st place overall in the competition this past October, receiving 1st place in 7 of the 10 competitions including Engineering. His love for Passive House and energy modeling began as an undergraduate Environmental Engineer at Princeton University where his personal research focused on adapting the Passive House standard to U.S. climate zones. During the construction of the SURE House, Chris was the student construction manager. He is currently studying to become a Certified Passive House Consultant as well as a LEED GA and hopes to work in all aspects of Passive House and energy efficient construction following graduation from Stevens in the spring of 2016.

speaker place holderWolfgang Hasper. Speaker details coming soon...



speaker place holderAlejandro Herrera, INHAB. Alejandro Herrera is an Architect from the Faculty of Architecture at the National University of Mexico, he has developed multiple projects for public and private sector. He completed the International Leadership Training Programme "Technological Cooperation Mexico-Germany for energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies in Mexican companies" supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) . He is certified as "Energy Efficiency Manager" by the TÜV Akademie and worked in the DEO office in -Berlin, developing several projects under the Passivhaus standard. He is planer and developer of the first certified passive house for residential use in Mexico and Latin America. Co-funder of INHAB, a mexican consulting firm for bioclimatic architecture an energy efficiency topics.

speaker place holderChris Higgins, City of Vancouver. Chris Higgins works with the City of Vancouver as a Green Building Planner.  Chris's work is focused on greenhouse gas reductions through improvements to existing homes and policy to encourage carbon neutral new construction and deeply efficient development that achieves the use of 100% renewable energy. Prior to working with the City Chris worked with the Canada Green Building Council for seven years to develop, launch and run the LEED Canada for Homes program.   Prior to that Chris worked for a national retailer developing some of Canada's most efficient commercial buildings.

speaker place holderMichael Hindle, Passive to Positive. Michael Hindle, CPCH - Michael is the current president of the Passive House Alliance US and serves on the board of PHIUS.  Michael became a Passive House Consultant in early 2010, and a Certified Passive House Builder in 2014. He is principal of Passive to Positive, and consults on Passive House, Zero-Energy, and Living Building Challenge projects. His projects include single family, multi-family residential, and small commercial projects.

speaker place holderAlejandro Herrera, INHAB. Alejandro Herrera is an Architect from the Faculty of Architecture at the National University of Mexico, he has developed multiple projects for public and private sector. He completed the International Leadership Training Programme "Technological Cooperation Mexico-Germany for energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies in Mexican companies" supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) . He is certified as "Energy Efficiency Manager" by the TÜV Akademie and worked in the DEO office in -Berlin, developing several projects under the Passivhaus standard. He is planer and developer of the first certified passive house for residential use in Mexico and Latin America. Co-funder of INHAB, a mexican consulting firm for bioclimatic architecture an energy efficiency topics.

DieterHerz PicDieter Herz, Herz & Lang, Germany. Dieter Herz.  Dieter started in 1998 with his first Passive House, a semi detached wooden building in the south of Bavaria. Herz & Lang with its 15 employees has designed and consulted alongside a number of different teams in the construction of buildings with over 400 million euro building costs, installing their system of integrated design for energy efficient buildings in certified Passive House standard. In 2014 Herz & Lang won the Passive House Award for “Office and special use building” with the first Passive House museum worldwide and were also presented with the European award for best integrated planning for the same project.

speaker place holderMarcelo Huenchuñir, ARQUIAMBIENTE LTDA. Architect Universidad de Chile, Chile 1991 Doktor Ingenieur Universität Hannover, Germany 1997 Passive House Designer, Passivhaus Institut, Darmstadt, Germany 2011 External consultant for the new Chilean home energy rating, Actually External consultant for the upgrade of Chilean thermal regulation, 2015 External consultant for the upgrade of Chilean thermal regulation, 2001-2003 External consultant for the Chilean home energy rating, 2001-2003 Professor of sustainable technologies in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Universidad de Chile. Guest lecturer in postgraduate courses of sustainable architecture in other universities in Chile. 1999- Present Director and founding member of Arquiambiente Limitada (2004- Present). This consulting company provides the following services:

  • Energy efficiency consulting
    • Development of sustainable architecture projects
      • Certification: Facilitator for LEED Certification, Passive House Certification and Chilean home energy rating.



head shot - michael inguiMichael Ingui, Baxt Ingui ArchitectsMichael Ingui of Baxt Ingui Architects located at 20 Vesey Street, Suite 900, NY, NY 10007 Michael and the team at Baxt Ingui (most of whom are certified Passive House Consultants or designers) are completing 8 Passive House projects in the NYC area.

Graham Irwin PicGraham Irwin, Essential Habitat, California. Graham Irwin, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, is a principal of Essential Habitat, a Northern-
California-based architecture firm focused on healthy, high performance, sustainable buildings built to the Passive House standard. He has worked on numerous single-family, multi-family and commercial Passive House projects throughout the US, including the first certified Passive House in California, the first certified Passive House retrofit in the US, and the first certified multi-unit Passive House in the US. Graham has worked in the construction industry for over twenty years, with experience that runs the gamut from contractor to architect and building scientist. He has a degree in physics from Claremont McKenna College with additional studies in engineering, architecture, and economics at Harvey Mudd College and UC Berkeley. Graham was among the first Passive House Consultants trained in the US, and the first in California. He is a licensed architect and general contractor.

malcolm isaacs headshotMalcolm Isaacs, Canadian Passive House Institute, Ontario. Malcolm Isaacs is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Ottawa, and a Passive House pioneer in Canada. In 2005 he designed and built the first house in the country to Passive House specifications, in Wakefield, QC, in which he lives. Malcolm co-founded CanPHI in 2010 and has worked extensively at the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. He’s the most experienced and accomplished Passive House educator in Canada, having been teaching the CPHD course since 2010, and he runs the international exam across Canada on behalf of PHI. His current specialties are in getting people successfully qualified via the international exam, and also the economics of the Passive House approach, particularly affordable design solutions. He is Passive House consultant on Canada’s first multi-unit apartment building targeting Certification, and the Passive House Designer and building envelope supplier for CLT Passive Houses currently under construction in Kingston, Ontario and Wakefield, Québec. Tomaz Stich grew up in Germany and worked a full apprenticeship in cabinet making before taking a 4-year diploma in wood engineering at the prestigious Hildesheim Institute of Applied Sciences, with graduate research work in wood structures at the Institite for Wood Technology Research in Stockholm, Sweden. Fluent in four languages, Tomaz qualified as a Certified Passive House Designer in 2009, when this qualification first became available. He now teaches the international CPHD course on behalf of CanPHI in Calgary, Alberta. Tomaz was responsible for developing a highly successful Passive House prefabrication approach at a major Slovenian house manufacturer, and he is now working as a structural and Passive House designer and builder in multiple projects across Canada, with a specialty in CLT design and building science. Tomaz is the architect and Passive House Designer of what is expected to be the first Certified Passive House in Alberta, currently under construction using CLT in Okotoks, AB. He lives with his family in beautiful Invermere, BC.



Grayson Jordan PhotoGrayson Jordan, Paul Castrucci ArchitectGrayson is a Certified Passive House Design and registered Architect. Current projects include a Passive House community center in NYC, a multi-family Passive House in Brooklyn, a Passive House retrofit in Brooklyn, and several super-insulated affordable housing retrofits in NYC. Mr. Jordan has lectured on Passive House and energy efficient design at NYC DDC and NESEA, and presented several projects on the NYC green buildings tour.  For the past several years, he has lectured on the NYC energy code.  His article ‘Energy Modeling and Today’s Architectural Practice’ was featured in Environmental Design and Construction Magazine, and project publications include features in the Architect’s Newspaper, and Inhabitat.


Ilana Judah, FXFOWLE Architects. Ilana Judah is Principal and Director of Sustainability at FXFOWLE Architects. An architect with 18 years of experience, Ilana leads sustainability strategies for local and global projects of multiple scales and typologies. She is co-chair of AIA New York's Committee on the Environment; and is currently serving on Mayor DeBlasio’s 80x50 Task Force on the Leading Edge Standards subcommittee. A recognized industry leader, Ilana has taught at UPenn, Cornell, Columbia and New York Universities. She is a frequent speaker, critic and juror on the topic of environmentally responsible design. Ilana is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Designer.



speaker place holderLisa Ker, Ottawa Salus. Lisa Ker is the Executive Director of Ottawa Salus, a supportive housing agency providing housing and services for individuals living with a serious mental illness. She is also the Vice-chair of the Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness, and a Board member of Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association. Lisa has worked in the public and community-based sectors for more than 25 years. Prior to relocating to the National Capital region in 2009, she worked for the Ministry of Community and Social Services and Toronto Community Housing while volunteering for a variety of frontline organizations. Lisa has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queens University. She currently volunteers at her local hospice where she assists in providing end of life care.

jesper kruse picJesper Kruse, Maine Passive House, Maine. Jesper is a builder and designer working in the mountains of Western Maine. He is a CPHC and one of the founders of PassivhausMAINE. Rumor has it he has a clause in his contracts stating he does not work on powder days.



Dylan Lamar picDylan Lamar, Green Hammer, Oregon. Dylan Lamar is an architect and among the leading Passive House consultants in the country, having designed, consulted and taught Passive Housing since 2004 in several regions of the US. He led the translation of the PHPP software into IP-units, taught PH design at the University of Oregon, and has worked on many Passivhaus first’s in the nation including office/educational buildings, affordable and high-end custom housing. He works at Green Hammer Design-Build in Portland, Oregon and as a PH certifier for CertiPHiers Cooperative.



speaker place holderChristopher Mahase, NYC Housing Preservation & Development ▪ Neighborhood Strategies. Christopher Mahase is the Director of Sustainability at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD).  Established in 1978, HPD is the largest municipal housing preservation and development agency in the nation.  Mr. Mahase has served in this capacity for the last Five years, where he oversees the development and implementation of the Agency’s green building policy and other sustainability initiatives.  Chris holds Masters in Urban Environmental Systems Management with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, and has achieved various certifications from the Building Performance Institute in energy auditing and building performance.  Chris is currently working to align HPD’s mission of developing and preserving affordable housing in NYC with the greenhouse gas emission reductions targets laid out by the administration in One City Built to Last, which calls for an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

speaker place holderEd May, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE, Partner at BLDGtyp llc and CPHC trainer with Passive House Academy. Ed May, Faculty Project Manager, Stevens Institute SURE HOUSE, Partner at BLDGtyp llc and CPHC trainer with Passive House Academy. In addition to his professional practice as a Passive House Consultant with Building-Type, LLC based in Brooklyn NY, Ed is currently an Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ where he was project manager for the 2015 Solar Decathlon program. Since 2013 Ed has worked with Passive House Academy training consultants and designers across the US. He is certified by the Passive House Institute as a Certified Passive House Consultant and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001 as well as a Masters of Architecture from Parsons the Newschool in NYC in 2009.NYC with the greenhouse gas emission reductions targets laid out by the administration in One City Built to Last, which calls for an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

Timothy McDonald, Onion Flats. Tim McDonaldTimothy McDonald is a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant and Tradesman (CPHC), Associate Professor of Architecture at Temple University and President of Onion Flats LLC, an award winning development/design/build collective centered in Philadelphia. Through his research and practice, Tim has developed, designed and built some of the first LEED Gold and Platinum projects in the country and the First Certified Passive House, Net-Zero-Energy-Capable project in Pennsylvania.

speaker place holderPaul McNally, The PassivHaus Architecture Company. Paul McNally Director of The PassivHaus Architecture Company. The PassivHaus Architecture Company is lead by award-winning architect Paul McNally, founded to provide specialist architectural services to the commercial sector. The practice has designed and completed both residential and commercial PassivHaus Certified buildings. Paul graduated with honours in architecture from Dublin Institute of Technology in 1998, practiced in Ireland and Australia and became a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland in 2002, going into private practice in 2004, with a view to specialising in PassivHaus architecture. In 2009 Paul earned a Masters degree in architecture with Merit in Advanced Environment and Energy studies with a thesis looking at efficiency aspects of PassivHaus design. Paul is a member of and has presented at the PassivHaus Association of Ireland’s annual conferences, attended the International PH conferences in Germany and Austria and is a Certified PassivHaus Designer. Paul has designed and completed two passivhaus dwellings, the second of which was certified PassivHaus in 2009.

speaker place holderAndrew Michler, Baosol. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Andrew Michler CPHC, LEED AP BD+C found his way to a pine forest in the Colorado Rockies where he has lived off-grid for 20 years. Andrew has built and written extensively on environmental architecture. He recently released the book [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture, published by eVolo Press, about the most innovative movements in sustainable architecture worldwide. He has designed and built the first certified International Passive House in Colorado which is also foam free.

speaker place holderDeborah Moelis. Speaker details coming soon...



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Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, A2M. After graduating with honors from UCL Brussels with his architecture degree he founded his own practice on 2000.  In 2006 he founded the Belgian Platforme Maison Passive (PMP), a leading force in the promotion of the Passive House standard. Sebastian served for 8 years as president of the PMP board of directors. Since 2007, all of his own firm’s projects – new and retrofit – have achieved Passive House or zero energy, and has been a professor at University of Architecture ULB-HortaLaCambre.  In 2009, he launched an influential quarterly magazine called “be passive” (see In 2014, he published a book about the Brussels Passive House success story: “passive architecture”. These publications have become a mainstay resource and is a model for other publication around the world.  Today passive house is the Brussels standard thanks in large part to Sebastian’s efforts.



Laura 1Laura Nettleton, Thoughtful Balance, Pennsylvania. Laura Nettleton has over thirty years of experience in housing, green building, and development. Her architectural firm, Thoughtful Balance is dedicated to green building. Thoughtful Balance designed the first certified Passive House project in Western PA, and she has completed several more Passive House projects. Laura is also a LEED accredited professional. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and was a member of the second graduating class-accepting women.



Tomas OLearyTomás O'Leary, Passive House Academy, Ireland & US. Tomás designed, built and lives in the first Certified Passive House in the English speaking world. An enthusiastic and passionate advocate for all things Passive House, a jovial and motivational educator and presenter, experienced research scientist and environmental entrepreneur. Globally accredited by the Passive House Institute as a Certifier of Passive House buildings and licensed training provider for the Passive House Consultant and Tradesperson programs. PHA is currently certifying the tallest Passive House building in the world (Manhattan) and has been centrally involved in the development and promotion of Passive House in New York City and elsewhere in North America. Tomás believes that Passive House can play a major role in combating climate change.

speaker place holderEric Olofsson, Erik Olofsson Construction Inc. Erik Olofsson is a third generation homebuilder specializing in affordable high performing, low energy homes. Erik has extensive building experience from Northern Sweden, the French Alps, and the Rocky Mountain region of British Columbia’s central interior:

1998: founded Erik Olofsson Construction Inc
Shortlisted for a nationally recognized 2014 Georgie Award for Best Affordable Certified New Home.
R2000 Certified Homebuilder
Builder of Valemount Passivhus
Builder of Khotso Passive House (One SEED Architecture)
Builder of structural envelope for Casa Luca Passive House (DLP Architecture)
B.A. of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics -University of British Columbia, 1998



Andrew Peel 4 - head shotAndrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting, Ontario. Andrew is the founder of Peel Passive House Consulting, which provides sustainability consultancy and certification services to the building industry.  His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, programme management, business development, technical and non-technical articles and publications, lecture and workshop delivery, and technical research.  Andrew is currently President of the Ontario Passive House Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to promotional and educational activities that support the Passive House building standard.  He is also the only Canadian-based Passive House certifier accredited by the German Passive House Institut.culation methodology (SAP) and writing both technical and non-technical publications on various sustainability topics.

speaker place holderAntonio Pelaéz. Antonio Pelaéz is a Building Engineer for the University of Granada (Spain), he worked for 9 year in the conventional building sector in Spain, building more than 1,000 housing until 2009. In 2009 after analyzed her share to the sector know the Passivhaus Standard and started a real change in her professional life. Between 2009 and 2013 work in more than 20 Passivhaus Project in Spain and Latin-American, especially in the first Passivhaus Project Certificate in Spain (Moraleda Project) and the first Passivhaus Residential Building certificate in Latin-American (Inhab Project in Mexico). Actually work in the NAMA Facility Project for the NAMA of new housing implementation in Mexico. The overarching goal of the project is to implement the New Housing NAMA which promotes cost effective energy-efficient building concepts across the residential housing sector with a particular focus on low-income housing where a large share of the new construction activities are expected to take place. Furthermore, it promotes the upgrading of energy efficiency standards to more ambitious levels. The energy efficiency concept of the NAMA of new housing of Mexico is based in the Passivhaus Standard and was developed with the support of the Passivhaus Institut.

DPiselliDaniel Piselli, FXFOWLE Architects. Daniel is an Associate and Project Architect at FXFOWLE Architects. He has over 15 years of experience leading teams on a wide variety of project typologies located in the United States and the Middle East–from metro stations and bridges to schools, offices, and residential buildings, among others. His passion is to create transformative architecture by focusing on exterior envelope detailing and sustainability to minimize energy use. As a Certified Passive House Designer, Daniel is leading  the firm’s efforts to utilize Passive House standards in large-scale buildings. In addition to his project work, he has served on the Board for the Bird-Safe Glass Foundation’s bird-glass collision prevention work group for the past several years.



speaker place holderKara Rosemeier, Passive House Academy NZ. Kara Rosemeier (PhD) is the chair of the Passive House Institute New Zealand, and director of the Passive House Academy New Zealand. She teaches part-time in the architecture department at Unitec in Auckland. Before she moved to New Zealand, she was the director of an engineering consultancy, advised federal state government in Germany on matters of energy efficiency in the building sector, private clients on the building physics of Passive Houses, as well as supervising hundreds of retrofit projects. Additionally, she managed an up-skill initiative for building professionals. Her book Positive Energy Homes, co-authored with Dr Robin Brimblecombe will be published by CSIRO later this year.

speaker place holderBill Ryal. Speaker details coming soon...





speaker place holderArianna Sacks Rosenberg. Speaker details coming soon...



speaker place holderJeremy Shannon. Speaker details coming soon...



speaker place holderTed Sheridan. Speaker details coming soon...



speaker place holderScott Short. Speaker details coming soon...



Cramer SilkCramer Silkworth, Baukraft Engineering, New York. Cramer Silkworth  of Baukraft Engineering has been the licensed Engineer, Passive House Consultant for many of NY’s Passive Houses.  Cramer also teaches at a number of schools including Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons, and The City College of New York.  He also was one of the fantastic teachers that taught the Passive House Consultant and Designer class to many of Baxt Ingui employees as well as many other professionals in the tri state area.

speaker place holderTessa Smith, Artisans Group Design + Build. Tessa Smith, CPHC, LEED AP, AIA, is an award winning Architect and Principal at The Artisans Group, a Passive House Design/Build firm. Her award-winning work is seen throughout South Puget Sound and explores issues of human scale, inter connectivity to site, and the beauty of restraint. Tessa regularly presents and educates on Passive House, and is a founding member of Passive House Northwest. The Artisans Group has designed and built fifteen Passive Houses, with many more in development. Tessa competes in roller derby, paints, bicycles to work and attends Emerald City Comicon religiously.

speaker place holderJonah Stanford. After completing studies at The School for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Academy for Art & Design in the Netherlands Jonah founded the design firm NEEDBASED Inc. and for the past eighteen years NEEDBASED has focused on socially and environmentally sustainable designs responsive to need.  After completing a Beta LEED for homes Pilot project and applying this knowledge to affordable housing development Jonah joined the first generation of Passivhaus Consultants trained in North America. Training that was tested by completing the first Passivhaus in the Southwest, a mixed-use condominium development where the NEEDBASED offices still reside. The firm’s work commonly achieve Site-Net-Zero-Energy and PH certification and have won national awards for sustainability, including the ECOHOME design award. NEEDBASED’s work is nationally recognized for advancing the field of resilient architecture. Jonah continues to passionately innovate architectural solutions to our complex environmental and social needs. Jonah lives in Santa Fe with his wife and two children.

speaker place holderMike Steffen. Mike Steffen is a builder, architect, and educator committed to making better buildings. He is Vice President and General Manager of Walsh Construction Co., based in Portland, Oregon. Mike served as WALSH’s Principal in Charge of the Orchards at Orenco project.



speaker place holderJesse Thompson, Kaplan Thompson Architects. Jesse is a partner at Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, Maine. He grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and lives in the Deering Center neighborhood of Portland with his family. He received his BArch from the University of Oregon in 1996. He is a Maine Licensed Architect (NCARB), a board member of Maine AIA and the Portland Society for Architecture, a LEED Accredited Professional and the first architect in northern New England to become a Certified Passive House Consultant.

speaker place holderShawn Torbert, Roxul and New York Passive House. Speaker details coming soon...



speaker place holderJulie Torres Moskovitz, Fete Nature Architecture. Torres Moskovitz, founder of the design firm Fabrica718, llc established in 2006 is now founder and principal architect of Fete Nature Architecture, pllc (FNA) - a vital, collaborative architecture firm whose process is founded in research and investigation of new ways to inhabit the urban fabric. This method of working is informed by an aptitude for green technologies, materiality and unique fabrication methods, within the realms of sustainability and social consciousness.



Michael 1Michael Whartnaby, Thoughtful Balance, Pennsylvania. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in sustainably focused multi-family and commercial design. A Certified Passive House consultant, Michael has completed several Passive House projects including a library and healthcare center.  He and Laura Nettleton recently completed Western Pennsylvania's first Passive House project.


speaker place holderStas Zakrzewski. Speaker details coming soon...



speaker place holderSonia Zouari, CSV Architects. Speaker details coming soon...



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