Salon duc Tape: "Introduction to Passive House and the Future of Low Carbon Cities"

Salon duc Tape – Introduction to Passive House and the Future of Low Carbon Cities – March 9th

How can this building energy standard help protect the climate?

Buildings account for an astounding 47% of carbon emissions in the US. The leading global energy efficiency standard Passive House tackles this head on by reducing heating and cooling loads up to 90% and total energy savings by 70% beyond code. The voluntary standard is a physics based and rigorous third-party verified process which has gained significant in-roads in the building industry because it is thorough and effective. Tens of thousands of Passive House projects have been completed, and all seven continents at practically all scales and types of buildings. Numerous cities also now or are considering requiring it, including New York City and Vancouver, and Passive House is now the recommended building standard by the UN Global Development office.

Andrew Michler, a certified Passive House consultant, will cover the basics of how the standard works for energy efficiency, health, and comfort. He will also give an overview of its adoption globally and why it is particularly effective in Colorado. The standard goes beyond net zero energy buildings by reducing stress on the grid rather than adding complexity both internally and on demand side management. The standard is also being carefully considered for its inherent resilience from climate change.

Andrew designed and built the first certified Passive House in Colorado and is chair of Passive House Rocky Mountains, a non-profit extension of the North American Passive House Network. He has given talks globally on the standard and his project has been widely published in film and TV, in print, and on many major architecture websites. He is also Author of the book Hyperlocalization of Architecture and lives off grid in Masonville, CO.

Salon duc Tape, a public forum sponsored by Strength Through Peace, meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7:00 -- 9:00 p.m. at the FoCo Café, which is located at 225 Maple Street. This salon will be co-sponsored by the Fort Collins Sustainability Group. Light refreshments will be available for a donation. The formal program will begin at 7:10. For more information, email Strength Through Peace at, or call us at 419-8944.

Event Date and Time: 
9 March 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
FoCo Cafe, 225 Maple Street, Ft. Collins