Passive House 101: Introduction to Passive Buildings

We’re pleased to have board member Tom Boeman and PHIUS Certification Manager James Ortega start the year off with an introduction to the Passive House building standard. This session is a must for architects, builders, real estate professionals, those looking to buy or build, or anyone interested in learning about the Passive House building standard.

About the Presenters

Tom Boeman, LEED AP

Tom Boeman is a practicing Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). He co founded Boeman Design LLC with his wife Susan in 2012 where he continues to provide architectural services to residential and commercial clients in the Chicago area and Michigan. Prior to Boemand Design he worked for 20+ years at Powell/Kleinschmidt, an award winning interior architecture firm, where he performed a variety of roles including Architect, IT manager and principal. Tom was introduced to Passive House in 2016 and became a CPHC that year. He was drawn to PHIUS for it’s straightforward approach and the rigorous training grounded in Building Science. He is currently consulting as a CPHC on his first projects pursuing PHIUS + Certification. Tom is on the Board of the Passive House Alliance Chicago.

James P. S. Ortega, RA PHIUS Certification Manager

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.