PhiusCon 2021: Emissions Down, Scale Up — Together!

For four days in October, the center of the passive building world will be Tarrytown, New York.

That is to say that if there’s something important going on in the passive building world, we probably have an expert booked to discuss it at PhiusCon 2021. This year’s conference will be tucked away at the scenic Sleepy Hollow Hotel Convention Center in the beautiful Hudson Valley. It will have a distinct New York accent as we have partnered with New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) for the event.

The locale for PhiusCon 2021 is no accident. Thanks in large part to years of tireless effort by Phius and NYSERDA, New York has become the country’s unquestioned leader in climate action policy.

425 Grand Concourse 1New York State and NYSERDA have embraced passive building like nowhere else, and we are thrilled they have invited us to New York State where we can properly feature the progress that has been made in New York to our national and international audience at PhiusCon. As New York City’s gateway to the rest of the state, Tarrytown is the perfect location for PhiusCon 2021, allowing us to show off passive projects in the city and throughout the great state of New York.

Pre-Conference workshops will be running Oct. 12-13, during which attendees can immerse themselves in subjects ranging from multifamily for developers to climate and social equity and WUFI Passive.

The core conference is set for Oct. 14-15 and is to feature sessions covering the following topics and much more:

  • States’ and cities’ climate action and zero energy code progress
  • Innovation in finance and technology
  • Optimized methods to bring down cost for design, construction and manufacturing
  • Zero energy building + renewable energy grid solutions such as microgrids, energy storage, virtual power plants
  • Successful passive retrofit solutions including manufactured component approaches such as panel systems
  • International climate-specific passive projects
  • QA/QC professional experiences in multiple building typologies

The list of speakers for PhiusCon 2021 is as distinguished and diverse as we have ever had, as building science professionals from around the globe are slated to give presentations. Keynote speakers are to include: POAH Vice President for Design and Building Performance Julie Klump, Energy Circle Founder and CEO Peter Troast, and Building Science Corporation Founding Principal Dr. Joseph Lstiburek.

This is the first year in the conference’s history that there are two different passive project tours scheduled. There is a New York City tour scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12, which will showcase some of the largest multifamily passive projects in the country. And the Hudson Valley tour on Saturday, Oct. 16, will include a variety of creatively designed single-family homes in the area.

The winners of our 2021 Passive Projects Design Competition will also be announced as part of the PhiusCon festivities. Winning and honorable mention awards for the competition will be given in five categories:

  • Single-Family
  • Multi-Family
  • Affordable
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Source Zero

Entries are being accepted until Oct. 1. For more information on the design competition, visit the PhiusCon website.

 

COVID Protocols

The safety of all PhiusCon 2021 attendees is at the top of our minds as the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States continues to evolve.

We hope to alleviate any concerns held by prospective attendees by laying out the COVID-19 protocols that will be in place for PhiusCon

  • CDC recommendations related to masking will be followed and enforced
  • All State and local mandates related to COVID-19 will be adhered to
  • N95 masks and hand sanitizer will be made available to attendees
  • If you feel sick, do not attend the conference
  • Presenters will be distanced from attendees and masked during presentations

As of the time of this newsletter, there are no COVID-19 capacity restrictions in place at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel Convention Center where the conference is being held. For those who choose not to attend in person, there are virtual tickets on sale, which provide access to a live stream of select presentations. There is no plan to convert PhiusCon to a fully virtual event.
If you have any more questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 protocols at PhiusCon 2021, please email conference@phius.org.

Meet the Newest Phius Team Members

They say the only constant in the world is change, and that has certainly been true over the past 18 months.

As COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of life during that time, we at Phius have been lucky enough to not only stay the course, but greatly expand. Our vision is only getting larger, and in order to make that vision a reality, we needed some help.

We are thrilled to say that we got exactly the help we needed with several new additions to the Phius staff. Each staff member brings their own unique skill set to the table and will be instrumental in the future of our organization. 

Without further adieu, we would like to introduce the newest members of the Phius staff!

Jennie EberJennie Eber, Alliance Constituent Coordinator

Jennie started at Phius in August of 2020. She serves as the Alliance Constituent Coordinator at Phius, supporting members and chapters across the country. She works closely with members to ensure they receive the best possible benefits of being part of Phius. Prior to joining Phius, Jennie worked in development for a local tax assistance organization after moving from Philadelphia where she worked in membership organizations supporting volunteers and communications across internal and external platforms. She has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofits.

Jennie has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo College as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration, nonprofit management from George Mason University.

 

 

Michael FrancoMichael Franco, Product Certification Program Coordinator

Michael Franco joined Phius in October 2020 as the Product Certification Program Coordinator. Prior to joining Phius, Michael worked as an account manager for an MRO distributor in the industrial sector.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University and an M.S. in Project Management from USC.

 

 

 

 

Max LapthorneMax Lapthorne, Marketing Communications Specialist

Max Lapthorne joined Phius in May of 2021 as the Marketing Communications Specialist. Prior to joining Phius, he worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist on an in-house marketing team in Hoffman Estates where he spearheaded the launch of a new loyalty program. He also previously worked as a newspaper editor for 22nd Century Media in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago.

Max has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University

 

 

 

 

photographs by lawrence braun

John Loercher, Certification Staff

John Loercher joined the Phius certification team in August of 2021. He provides design review, updates our existing CPHC training curriculum and helps expand the advanced training offerings at Phius. Prior to joining the certification team, John has been an active CPHC since 2016 and has certified all building types ranging from single-family and multi-family residential, commercial, new construction and retrofits. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and holds a masters of architecture from Parsons the New School for Design.

He is currently on the advisory board of the Phius Alliance – Hudson Valley chapter and serves as the Secretary and Northeast Regional Representative for the national Phius Alliance chapter.

 

 

 

Al MitchellAl Mitchell, Technical Staff

Al Mitchell joined the Phius team in July 2020 to aid in technical capacities, ranging from research to project certification. He holds degrees in architectural engineering and architecture from Illinois Tech and Ball State University respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Reid-WynnSteven Reid-Wynn, Office Administrator

Steven Reid-Wynn joined Phius in June of 2020 as the office administrator, where he supplies administrative and financial support for the staff.

Prior to Phius, he has worked as an Accounting/Finance Manager for an IT staffing firm and Bookkeeper/Office Manager for a local startup. He has more than 20 years of experience working within accounting departments, office management, and operations. He studied Accounting at Kentucky State University and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

 

 

 

Josh RuedinJosh Ruedin, Professional Training and Education Programs Manager

Josh Ruedin joined Phius in January of 2021 as the Professional Training and Education Programs Manager. He oversees live and on-demand training offerings and works closely with stakeholders and subject matter experts to ensure that Phius’ certification trainings and continuing education offerings provide quality learning opportunities.

He has worked as a high school English teacher, managed continuing education programs for radiologists, and directed online safety and health trainings for frontline construction and industry workers. 

Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.