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Every year, the PHIUS North American Passive House Conference brings together accomplished passive building practitioners to talk shop. 

But that's not all. Speakers like this year's keynote Jeremy Rifkin provide thought leadership. And our technical keynotes give you big-picture views of where we are and where we're going in building science. 

It's a one-of-a-kind experience.

Don't miss it.

Deadline to book discounted hotel rooms is tonight, November 14, 11:59 ET!


Check out our keynotes below, and the full roster of presenters here

Lisa María Mallory, CEO of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA), will deliver the Welcome Address on Friday, December 6. Previously, Lisa was Director of the DC Department of Employment Services where she successfully overhauled the agency, netting millions in savings, improving customer service, and dramatically decreasing the unemployment rate in DC.


Zack Semke, VP of Marketing for Zola Windows and Co-Chair, Shift Zero, will deliver the lunch keynote on Friday, December 6: Accelerating the Shift to Zero. Zack co-founded Shift Zero, an alliance of 28 member organizations working to advocate for progressive building policy at the local, regional, and state level that accelerates the shift to a zero emissions future.

Hartwig Künzel, Fraunhofer IBP, will deliver the first Technical Keynote Saturday morning, December 7: Air-tightness and Drying Potential. At Fraunhofer IBP, Künzel is responsible for hygrothermal investigations sponsored by industry and government. Künzel is involved in the development of international guidelines and standards, e.g. chairing the national standard committee on moisture control and the CEN working group on hygrothermal performance of building components.

Achilles Karagiozis of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will team with PHIUS Associate Director Lisa White to give the second Technical Keynote on Saturday: High Performance Buildings and the Impact on Grid Efficiency. Prior to NRELAchilles Karagiozis was director of Building Science at Owens Corning, where he is charged with accelerating energy efficiency improvements in the built environment.
Mike Steffen is Director of Innovation at Walsh Construction Co., a mid-sized general contracting firm serving project partners in the multifamily housing, healthcare, higher education and commercial sectors across the Pacific Northwest. Steffen will talk about his experience in Making Multifamily Passive Buildings Affordable for the closing keynote. Mike is an architect, builder and educator who is passionate about making better buildings that contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world. He obtained degrees in architecture from the University of Kansas and the University of California, Berkeley and is licensed to practice architecture in the states of Oregon and California. 
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