Keynote Speakers


We are excited to confirm the following guest speakers who will be presenting at the South Pacific Passive House Conference:


Professor Dr Wolfgang Feist

Dr Feist was the creator of the first Passive House over 25 years and is the Director of the Passive House Institute. Read an interview with Dr Feist by the International Passive House Association here.


Sebastian Moreno-Vacca

Architect, Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, has greatly contributed to the world of Passive House. He co-founded and edited the 'be.passive' magazine and was integral to the establishment of a mandatory passive house standard in the Brussels Region during his seven-year presidency at the Platform Passive House. Today Sebastian splits his time between his Brussels office and a new venture he co-founded in New York, A2M Architects, and teaches at the university faculty at ULB architecture which he has been doing for the past 15 years.


Chris Higgins

Chris is a Green Building Planner with the City of Vancouver focused on making energy efficient building codes that help to achieve Vancouver’s 100% renewable goal. Chris also works on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through re-zoning policy for new buildings and creating incentives for existing homes. Chris previously worked with the Canada Green Building Council, helped develop the Canadian standard, launch a national network of service organisations and when he departed the LEED Canada for Homes program had thousands of Certified homes.


Bronwyn Barry

Bronwyn Barry has had a huge impact on Passive House internationally. A certified Passive House Designer and registered architect based in San Francisco, she is also a founding member of both Passive House California and the North American Passive House Network. She served as the Chair of the Passipedia Committee for the International Passive House Association and currently serves as President of the North American Passive House.


Matheo Dürfeld

Matheo Dürfeld started in construction when he founded Dürfeld Log Construction in 1975. Based on time test European log and timber practices, Dürfeld encouraged his team to constantly use better building techniques and learn new skills. This forward-looking approach gave the Dürfeld team a reputation for high quality and innovative building.
Dürfeld was first exposed to the Passive House concept when his company, now Dürfeld Constructors, was awarded the contract to build Austria Haus for the 2010 Olympics. Through Austria Haus Dürfeld learned about Passive House and the role prefabrication played in achieving the standard. Soon after construction completed, Matheo Dürfeld formed BC Passive House seeing that high-performance buildings were the future and prefab was the way of getting there.