Portlander will lead new Passive House Alliance

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Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand, Passive House Alliance

Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand

The newly formed Passive House Alliance elected a Portlander as its first president. Sam Hagerman, president of Hammer & Hand, was elected into the office over the weekend at the 5th North American Passive House Conference which took place in Portland.

The alliance was formed to promote construction of buildings to 'Passive House' standards, which extol carefully controlled airflow and tight insulation — practices that claim a 90 percent reduction of energy consumption compared to conventional buildings. In Portland, Passive House advocates make the attention-grabbing claim that all heating needs in Passive buildings can be met by a single 1,000-watt heater, equivalent to heating a home with a hair dryer.

The Passive House trend is imported from Europe (the term is a translation of passivhaus) but is quickly gaining ground across the U.S. and in Oregon.

The Passive House Alliance was established by the Passive House Institute US, the Washington, D.C.-based organization that provides training on passive house construction methods and technologies.

"The Passive House Alliance represents the next logical step for the expansion of the most rigorous, building-science-based sustainable building standard," said Hagerman in a press release. “The alliance will fill a critical role in leading the promotion, marketing and consumer education necessary to bring the benefits of Passive House to a wider public.”

Hagerman will serve a three-year term as president of the alliance, which will also be based in Washington, D.C. A local organization, Passive House Northwest, will become a regional chapter of the national alliance.

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