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Passive House 301: Measured Energy Performance

March 20, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm


PHIUS+ Certification is a performance based standard and compliance is verified through energy modeling and on-site quality insurance inspections. Building performance monitoring is important to ensure that a project has met the energy & carbon reduction goals anticipated through PHIUS+ Certification. PHIUS has collected monitored data from buildings across the country, ranging from single family to 101-unit multifamily buildings. This presentation will discuss where to start with building monitoring, pitfalls to avoid, and the results of the collected data compared to the performance predicted by energy modeling software.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explore various options for monitoring building performance.
2. Compare how monitored data compares to modeled expectations.
3. Realize the value of building performance monitoring.
4. Identify best practice methods of implementing monitoring systems through design and construction.

Presenter Bios

James Ortega
James Ortega joined PHIUS in February of 2015 as a member of the Certification team, where he provides design review and energy modeling services to evaluate project qualifications for PHIUS+ Certification. Ortega works closely with the submitting CPHC to provide feedback on questions pertaining to energy modeling and building plans. He also provides consulting services on static and dynamic energy modeling in WUFI Passive and THERM, and spearheads energy modeling deliverables on feasibility studies for projects interested in pursuing PHIUS+ Certification.

Ortega holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois.

Lisa White
Lisa White serves as the Certification Manager for the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and has been with PHIUS since 2012. She is also an instructor for Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) and WUFI Passive software training. White holds a degree in Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

White works on certification program development and is a member of PHIUS’ technical committee. She also provides consulting services on static and dynamic energy modeling in WUFI Passive, THERM modeling, and project planning specific to passive building principles. White has presented at numerous conferences and events, including Greenbuild, PHIUS Annual North American Passive House Conferences, the Affordable Comfort Institute national conference, and Facades+.


March 20
5:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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Passive House Alliance Chicago


Skender Construction
1330 W. Fulton St. Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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