Greetings from Hannover–Day 1!

That's Hannover from above.

Mike Kernagis and I are in Germany for the 16th annual European Passivhaus Conference. This is the second time that we’ve made conference here in Hannover, the first being in 2006. It’s great for me, because I grew up just outside of town in small Großburgwedel, where my family still lives. It’s terrific to be here at conference and to see so many of the dear friends we’ve made. It’s also intensely gratifying to receive so much support for PHIUS, from long-time Passivhausers as well as from newer advocates, for both the work we have done and for our current initiatives.

Here at the end of the first of the two-day program, I’ve found the plenary presentation by the very famous physicist Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacher to be the most interesting. Ernst wrote the terrific Factor Five {subtitle: “Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity”) and he talked about how profitable green technologies can break the impasse at climate talks. Pretty cool.

The exhibition hall is first-rate and, though most exhibitors are familiar to those here, Europe is still head-and shoulders above the United States in terms of developing (and selling) components and products for advanced building design and construction. But I think we are making headway at home as well.

Looking forward to Saturday’s sessions with presenters sharing and developing PH know-how. More later.

Now, it’s Spargeltime!

5 thoughts on “Greetings from Hannover–Day 1!

    • Ok, this is really nice to talk about this with all the memories still fresh and the spargel dishes still on everyone’s mind (am in KY now):

      Germany was very happy this year as the spargel decided to surface 3 full weeks earlier! It is a serious festival. First dinner at home was spargel soup, second day with potatoes and ham, third day …and so on. Even spargel liver sausage.

      The asparagus growths under a mount of dirt and is being kept pale that way. No light, no green. Recently, to speed the growing process, the farmers started to put black plastic over the mounts in addition.

      It is delicious and tender, but after day three we definitely needed a break :)

  1. Wow, learning that you are from Grossburgwedel, while I am from Isernhagen (which borders Grossburgwedel, for everyone else) is quite fun!

    • …almost speechless. Really? You’ll be happy to know that Isernhagen is alive and kicking, as we could see with our own eyes: an idyllic farm road lined with timber frame houses. It was especially lovely in exceptionally nice weather. Drove through it every day on our way to Hannover…

      Where did you go to school?

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