We are a group of about seventy building professionals, architects, builders, consultants, designers and members of the general public who represent about fifty businesses in and around Vermont which are working towards sustainable buildings through employing Passive House methodologies.
Our members come together to share information about the various issues and challenges involved with building Passive House homes and homes that almost achieve the Passive House Standard - so called "Near Passive House" homes. We compare notes and share solutions to problems big & small, simple & complex. We also strive to expand the Passive House standard into the commercial and public building sector.
We are active on many fronts and gladly welcome support from like-minded people.
Some of the activities in which we are engaged:
- Holding meetings of the membership to educate one another about Passive House and keep up to date on developments in the High Performance Building community.
- Working with local and state government to increase education and knowledge of building science and how Passive House can help us all reduce our dependence on fossil fuels - and all fuels for heating our homes.
- Engaging in public outreach to educate the general public about Passive House - that there are affordable ways to make super energy efficient homes that are durable and healthy.
- Monitoring and distributing data on completed Passive Houses to show that these houses are actually using drastically less energy to heat (and cool) as well as proving that the indoor air quality of these houses is superior to standard code and Energy Star homes.
Currently PHVT has a project where we are reaching out to the Energy Committees throughout Vermont to inform them about the existence of High Performance Building Science. We work to show them that we now have the technology, the skill set and the materials to build super energy efficient houses and commercial buildings without huge added costs.
We create a passive house presence at many conferences every year to help spread the word even further. Look for us!
2014 Better Buildings by Design Conference in Burlington, Vt.
Northern Vermont Building Science Group (NVBSG)
Combining Outreach & Technical Development
The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON), based in southeastern VT, created a building science discussion group in the wake of Hurricane Irene's devastation. That group meets monthly and, with the assistance of individual beer contributions from the attendees, they discuss building challenges they're facing as well as the latest in building science news and building policy "advances." Covetous of their process and success we resolved to investigate and then steal their idea. Toward that end we met with them in June of 2014 at the VerMod factory in Wilder, VT, where we all toured a high performance mobile home designed by Efficiency VT that had been developed and then launched commercially. After the tour we participated in SEON's monthly building science group meeting - having brought our own beer & wine and problems to the table. We found it quite inspiring.
Subsequently, we created the Northern Vermont Building Science Group (NVBSG). Better offered us the use of their rooms in Burlington and we held our first meeting in November of 2014. Like SEON we invite participants to bring light alcoholic refreshments - we even ordered in pizza that first night. Thirty-five people showed up and after a few preliminaries a lively discussion ensued. The NVBSG immediately created a Google Group to allow the posting of images & further discussions of the topics brought up at the meeting, as well as the beginnings of other discussions.
Also at that first meeting Steve Konstantino, owner of Performance Building Supply (formerly Maine Green Building Supply) in Portland, ME attended and shared some information about his experiences with their Building Science Discussion Group. So we have two great leading lights to follow as we develop our own approach to sharing, learning, and spreading the word about the latest in "green" super-high-performance building strategies. Refer to our homepage for the latest information about our meetings.