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49CE - Passive House as a Path to Net Zero

25 May 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Around the world, policy makers and institutions have established targets for net zero building construction. But how do we get there? Space heating continues to comprise the majority of energy consumed by our buildings, despite gains in the efficiency of mechanical systems. Designing building envelopes that keep heat from escaping in the first place is the next step in significantly reducing energy consumption in buildings, in turn resulting in building energy demand that can more feasibly be met by renewables. The Passive House Standard provides a roadmap for this improvement.

Learning Objective

  1. Understand how Passive House principles can be used to reach net zero.
  2. Understand the many benefits of Passive House.
  3. Understand the principles and requirements of the Passive House standard.
  4. Recognize and apply passive design concepts.


Kamilia Vaneck, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC

Kamilia Vaneck has been a member of WSP’s Sustainability & Energy team since 2013, after beginning her career in Massachusetts working on energy modelling and new build commissioning projects. With a background in the physical sciences and energy modelling, she provides assistance during all phases of building design and construction for a variety of building types pursuing LEED certification and energy modelling services. Kamilia has worked on institutional, educational, recreational, multi-unit residential and commercial projects. She regularly applies codes and standards as part of her project work, including the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards, National Energy Code for Buildings and Passive House.

 This session is sponsored by Acrytec Panel Industries