2017 very much seems like it is shaping to be the year Passive House has gone mainstream in Australia.

With Passive House presentations at the recent Improving Residential Energy Efficiency (IREE) Conference and next week at the Annual Green Cities Event, March will be rounding off with no less than 3 presentations/workshops at the Sydney Build Expo 2017.

This year we will see the launch of something new, The Australian Sustainability Summit, a separate stream of sustainable/green construction developments, opportunities and solutions for the Australian market. And it is here where some familiar faces will be providing feedback to how Passive House as a concept and construction methodology is shaping up.

In a joint workshop at 12.30pm, Sydney-based Architects and Certified Passive House Designers Fergal White and Kylie Mills will be questioning the role of Passive House and if it is the answer to a successful low energy buildings? Putting Passive House in context of NatHERS, this workshop will be aiming to build on the broader principles of this growing standard of comfort and energy efficiency.

Directly after at 1.30pm, Andy Marlow will be bringing the question of relevance even closer to home (for the Sydney-based audience at least), asking specific, contextual questions about the applicability of Passive House to Sydney climate and lifestyle.

Darren O'Dea

Darren O'Dea

Chairman, Australian Passive House Association

Passive House in a Nutshell

11:15 am – 11:45 am
30 March 2017
Conference Area

Darren leads the Building Physics (ESD) practice within Inhabit. Based in Melbourne, he is responsible for the growth and quality of Building Physics consulting services globally. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and Chair at the Australian Passive House Association. As a passionate advocate of improvement opportunities in construction underpinned by proven science with a bid to make buildings healthy, energy efficient spaces, Darren aspires to make Passive House mainstream in Australia.

Kylie Mills

Kylie Mills

Architect, BluKube Architecture

Is Passivhaus the Answer to a Successful Low Energy Building?

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
30 March 2017
Workshop Area 2

Kylie enjoys changing people’s ‘construction’ experiences dealing with design & construction of their buildings through sustainable design, documentation and contract administration as a Registered Architect. Having completed the Passive House Design course in 2015, she has become an advocate and enthusiast for ‘passive house’, and more sustainable, low energy well-built buildings to be constructed in Australia.

Fergal White

Fergal White

Associate Director, Pidcock – Architecture + Sustainability

Is Passivhaus the Answer to a Successful Low Energy Building?

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
30 March 2017
Workshop Area 2

Fergal is a qualified Architect with 18 years work experience, both in Australia and Ireland, and has just been awarded a Postgraduate Masters in the Environmental Design of Buildings. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer. In recent years he has been focussing on the design, detailing and construction of sustainably designed low-energy residential projects in Sydney and has completed extensive research on achieving the Passive House Standard in various climate zones within Australia

Andy Marlow

Andy Marlow

Director, Envirotecture

Is Passivhaus Relevant to Sydney?

1:30 – 2.30 pm
30 March 2017
Workshop Area 2

Andy is a Director at Envirotecture, holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture and has extensive experience in sustainable design at a variety of scales. He  is currently researching the viability of Passive House to solve specific Sydney issues around density, solar access, acoustic challenges and resilience.