B4 2021 Session 6: High-performance homes

October 7, 2021 | 12:30-3 PM Central

Technical Session 

Midwest consumers want high-performance homes. They see the benefits: healthy, quiet, durable, daylit homes. Lower utility bills. Better for the environment. During this course, five Passive House professionals from the design and construction fields share the design and building details that make those benefits possible. We'll share architectural details, construction photos, and field testing footage to put you in charge of the details of high-performance design and construction.  

Fireside Chat

Join us for a deeper dive with live Q&A with the presenters.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles that define the conservation approach to designing high-performance houses.
  2. Identify multiple types of building assemblies you can use in high-performance homes. 
  3. Describe the details required to build a high-performance home.
  4. Recognize the importance of testing and quality control in completing a successful high-performance home.

This webinar is live on October 7 from 12:30–3 PM Central and will then be available on-demand.

Continuing Education Credits

  • BPI This course has been pre-approved for 0.75 BPI CEUs.
  • NARI This course is approved for 1.5 NARI CEUs.
  • RESNET The Better Buildings: Better Business Conference is a regional RESNET Conference and this course has been approved by RESNET for 1.5 professional development credits.
  • WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 1.5 CEUs for the following credentials: Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, UDC-Construction Inspector Certification. Note that you may not retake the same course for credit more than once during the 1-, 2- or 4-year term of your specific credential.

This course will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.

Credits are only available for the technical session. The webinar is currently being reviewed by additional continuing education accreditation organizations. Please check back for up-to-date information.

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About Our Speakers

Christi Weber

Christi Weber
TDS Custom Construction

Christi Weber is the Director of Design & Lead Designer at TDS Custom Construction, a residential design-build firm in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been in the design and architecture field for over 15 years, specializing in residential projects, Passive House, Net-Zero and High Performance homes. She became Wisconsin’s first Certified Passive House Consultant in 2012 and is currently the Vice President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the PHIUS Alliance (Formerly the Passive House Alliance).  

Virge Temme

Virge Temme

Virge Temme, CPHC, Architect, has been devoted to sustainable architectural design and construction for over thirty years, starting with local material sourcing and climate-specific design in the 1990s, expanding into LEED protocol in 2007, and ultimately to high-performance homes and Passive House design in 2008. She is an ardent proponent and educator of the need for net zero design and small carbon footprints in homes and commercial buildings. She has been instrumental in introducing high-performance homes to Northeast Wisconsin and expanding their popularity through consumer awareness. In addition to being an architect, she became a general contractor in 2017 to both design and construct high-performance homes. She is a long-standing member of the Passive House Alliance, was recipient of the USGBC and Green Building and Design Magazine’s “Women in Sustainability Leadership Award” in 2018, and currently serves on the Wisconsin Governor’s Uniform Dwelling Code Council as an advocate for increased energy efficient construction codes.

Meghan Hawkins

Meghan Hawkins
Passive House Consultant

Meghan Hawkins is a Registered Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant creating sustainable, comfortable, and beautiful homes for clients and their families. Meghan believes deeply in the impact of connecting our homes to nature and integrating fundamental principles of building science to build better. Our health, comfort, and longevity of our homes and planet are at stake. Meghan focuses on sustainability’s role in the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture, and business. After eight years of experience in both residential and commercial work, she founded her own practice focused exclusively on residential projects to meet Wisconsin's increasing demand for holistic sustainable housing. Meghan is an accredited LEED professional and Certified Passive House Consultant with expertise in healthier and low-carbon or embodied carbon building materials. Meghan holds a Bachelors's of Architecture from University of Oregon. 

Juanita Ellias

Juanita Ellias
Rivercity Woodworking: Energy Conservation Services

Juanita Ellias is the owner of Rivercity Woodworking: Energy Conservation Services. She is a Phius + rater, Phius+ multifamily new construction verifier, EPA multifamily new construction rater, HERS rater, EPA indoor airplus verifier, and EPA watersense verifier. She has an Associates degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College and certification from the Building Performance Institute for Building Analyst and Infiltration and Duct Leakage and EPA Section 608 certification. She is a member of ASHRAE, ACCA, RESNET and Passive House Alliance Wisconsin where she serves as Secretary.

Bruce Zahn

Bruce Zahn

Bruce Zahn is an advocate of energy conservation and educating builders, owners and the general public in the Passive House methods of creating enclosures that are the most efficient possible while also affordable. Bruce is on a mission to change the public mindset that it is OK to keep building code minimum enclosures, the worst energy-wasters allowed by law. PAST AFFILIATIONS: Passive House Institute US, Passive House Alliance, Association of Licensed Architects, American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute.  


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