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When: Friday, September 23
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell
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Friday, September 23, 2011
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Designing to Save Energy
Guests: Katrin Klingenberg, David Peabody and Paul Barnette

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U.S. government statistics show 78 percent of all electricity generated by U.S. power plant is used in residential and commercial buildings, and 48 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. The concept of the Passive House is design that can slash heating and cooling energy use by as much as 90 percent.

Katrin Klingenberg is co-founder and executive director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). PHIUS promotes the adoption of the Passive House building energy standard in North America through consultant training and certification, project certification, and outreach programs to building professionals and the general public. PHIUS also conducts research on the application of the Passive House building energy standard in North American climate zones. (The Passive House standard was developed by Dr. Wolfgang Feist, of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany.) Ms. Klingenberg built the first Passive House designed to this standard in the United States in 2003, and she has designed and consulted on numerous Passive House projects since across North America’s varied climate zones. In addition to her executive role she is the lead instructor for PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant training, and directs curriculum. She also directs the technical and research programs of PHIUS, and is a licensed architect in Germany.

David Peabody is president of Peabody Architects in Alexandria, VA, which he founded in 1992. Since committing the practice to sustainable design in 2000, he has become increasingly active in issues regarding architecture and the environment, and made these issues central to the way the firm approaches its work. In 2004, he became a LEED Accredited Professional, and in 2009 he became a Passive House Certified Consultant– one of the first architects in the country to achieve this certification. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Read his blog here.

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