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Building Envelope Pioneer William Rose Delivers Keynote at 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference

Matt Ball on June 16, 2014 - in Announcement, Facility Management

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) announced today that William Rose, pioneering building scientist, will deliver the keynote address at the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference in San Francisco, during the opening plenary on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Rose is Senior Research Architect at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a protege of Seichi Konzo, the principal author of double-wall superinsulation—first introduced in 1976 in the Illinois Lo-Cal House. Superinsulation became one of the foundations of what today is known as passive house.

Rose authored the seminal “Water in Buildings,” and for 12 years he chaired the ASHRAE committee that produced the ASHRAE Handbook chapters on building envelopes. A founding member of ASHRAE Standard Committee 160 “Criteria for Moisture Control Design Analysis,” he remains involved with the ASHRAE guideline “Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings.” He has consulted to address energy and water problems at the Guggenheim Museum, Independence Hall, Angkor Temples in Cambodia, and the United Nations Secretariat Building, among others.

“Because he knows where building science has been, Bill Rose can provide a one-of-a-kind perspective on where passive building needs to go,” said PHIUS Executive Director Katrin Klingenberg. “We are honored that he’ll be joining us, and eager for his insights.”

Rose has been called “The conscience of the building science industry” by Building Science Corporation’s Joe Lstiburek.

Lstiburek himself will present a daylong preconference session on building science fundamentals. It’s a terrific opportunity for passive building design and construction professionals to get a building science foundation – or to refresh their knowledge – with one of the field’s most well-respected and knowledgeable luminaries.

Achilles Karagiozis, Global Director of Building Science at Owens Corning, will deliver a closing plenary address. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Dr. Karagiozis was a distinguished research and development engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He has been instrumental in the development of WUFI hygrothermal analysis tools, including WUFI Passive, the most advanced passive building design tool on the market.

The conference will be held at the San Francisco Airport Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Rose’s address on Friday morning, September 12, kicks off two days of four tracks of breakout sessions. The core conference will be bookended by intensive technical workshops on September 10 and 11, and a tour of Bay-area passive projects on September 14.

Passive building principles produce fantastically energy efficient and resilient buildings – and they provide the best path to Net Zero.

The 9th Annual N. American Passive House Conference is presented in partnership with Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) and Passive Buildings Canada. The leading passive building conclave in North America, each year the conference draws hundreds of architects, policy makers, developers, builders, engineers, building scientists and energy consultants from around the world. Dozens of high-performance building component manufacturers will also display their products at the conference trade show. For more on the conference, visit http://naphc2014.phius.org.


PHIUS is a 501(c)3 organization committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. PHIUS is transforming the building sector by developing and promoting North American specific standards, practices and certifications for buildings, professionals and products to create structures that are durable, comfortable, healthy and super energy efficient.

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