The conference, to be held on 4 and 5 May at the NAB 700 Bourke Street building in Melbourne, will feature workshops and master classes as well as supporting site tours and a gala dinner.
Organisers confirmed the seminar program will see experts from around the world present on the potential of good design, while the accompanying trade expo “will showcase the practical implementation of products and services from a range of component suppliers and manufacturers.”
“Hands on Workshops and Master Classes will help professionals deepen their knowledge on Passive House technologies and methodologies, while site visits will provide the opportunity to experience the real difference of Passive House.”
Key note presentations will include Karen Tam Wu, Acting B.C. Director at Canadian clean energy think tank the Pembina Institute, Director of the institute’s Buildings and Urban Solutions Program, and a member of the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council. Her presentation is titled: ‘From niche to norm: How British Columbia became a hot spot for Passive House development in North America and the role of advocacy organisations in the Passive House revolution.’
Another keynote presentation: ‘Monash University: The Quest for High Performance’ will be by Dr. Rob Brimblecombe, Manager of Engineering and Sustainability, Monash University. A practicing building scientist, who manages the Engineering and Sustainability team at Monash University (Australia) Dr. Brimblecombe is also co-author of soon to be published book ‘Positive Energy Homes: Passive Houses for better living, a practical guide to Passive Housing.’
The South Pacific Passive House Conference is a joint effort of the Australian Passive House Association and the Passive House Institute New Zealand, alternating between Australia and New Zealand.
A satellite event to the main Melbourne event is planned for Sydney and will bring the 2018 conference highlights to architects, engineers, builders and professionals in NS.■
2018 conference schedule highlights include: