Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) has announced that Shaun Donovan, Secretary for U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will deliver the keynote address at the 8th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday morning, Oct. 17, 2013.
Passive building cuts the energy required to heat and cool a building dramatically, which makes it a perfect platform for building successful affordable housing, which is a central theme of this year’s event. “We are thrilled and honored that Secretary Donovan will share his vision with us at this year’s conference,” says PHIUS Executive Director Katrin Klingenberg. “Pittsburgh has become a hotbed of affordable passive house development, so his keynote is perfectly timed to help underscore how affordable housing and passive building make a perfect match.”
The conference will be held at Pittsburgh’s historic Omni William Penn hotel. Donovan’s address on Thursday morning, Oct. 17, kicks off two days of four tracks of breakout sessions that target the technology, policymaking and business issues associated with passive building.
The core conference will be preceded by optional technical workshops (Oct. 15-16) and a tour of Pittsburgh-area passive projects on Oct. 19. The conference is presented in partnership with Passive House Alliance US, Passive Buildings Canada, Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. It is the largest passive building conclave in North America, drawing hundreds of architects, policy makers, affordable housing developers, builders and energy consultants from around the world. Dozens of high-performance building component manufacturers will also display their cutting-edge products at the conference trade show.