Lisa Westerhoff to Speak at Passive House Northwest 10th Annual Conference

Passive House Northwest is hosting the Building Beyond Zero 2019 Conference at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, February 28th, 2019, and Friday, March 1, 2019. This annual conference brings together Passive House professionals and advocates for two days of knowledge sharing sessions, with presentations and panels delivered by key industry players. Integral Group is proud to be represented by Sustainable Policy & Planning Associate Lisa Westerhoff, who will be speaking at two sessions on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Passive House Inspired Codes and Policies | Friday, March 1, 2019 | Morning Session –  Track A: Energy Modeling

Advanced energy codes and policies are one of the biggest opportunities for cities and states to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with the built environment. However, based on the current trajectory of currently adopted energy codes it is becoming increasingly clear that they are not requiring the levels of efficiency needed to meet many of the energy reduction goals adopted by leading jurisdictions and organizations such as Architecture 2030. A number of jurisdictions including Massachusetts, New York, and British Columbia have incorporated passive house principles into their Stretch or Step codes as a more energy-efficient alternative code pathway. This session will examine these principles and how they are being applied through different energy and building policies to dramatically improve building performance and meet energy and carbon reduction goals.


Decarbonization: A Way Forward, Hosted by New Buildings Institute | Friday, March 1, 2019 | Afternoon Session –  Track C: Policy

Slowing climate change will depend on the rapid decarbonization of the built environment. This will need to be achieved through a wide range of strategies that include policy development and implementation, market transformation, user engagement, and a more comprehensive understanding of building materials. This session will start with panelists highlighting some of the current work they are doing to reduce carbon emissions associated with the built environment while focusing on key takeaways and actions that might be implemented here in the Northwest.


Date(s): March 1, 2019

Speaker: Lisa Westerhoff, Associate