September 26, 2014:
On the heels of another tremendously successful Passive House Conference – this time in Portland, Maine, hosted by the North American Passive House Network Alpen HPP thanks the NAPHN community for generously hosting the event as well as all of the experts in the field who are recapping important lessons from the event.
Most recently, Green Building Advisor, Martin Holladay’s blog applauds the conference attendees for their intellect and openness toward sharing information and learnings from the field. Holladay’s blog goes on to summarize key messages delivered by Passive House founder Dr. Wolfgang Feist’s in his keynote address. Some of these comments with particular residence to us here at Alpen HPP include:
Feist said, “Good windows are an important part of the development of Passivhaus.” As better building materials become available, Feist predicted, “we can reduce the overall investment costs.”
When calculating the value of any investment in energy features, Feist advised, “Forget about payback time. Payback is misleading. It is not a good measure for the economic result of an investment.” Instead, Feist advised the audience to focus on net present value. (For more information on net present value calculations, see Payback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency Improvements.)
Read Holladay’s full conference recap online here and be sure to check out the NAPHN Twitter feed for play-by-play remarks from speakers, attendees and the Passive House Network community captured during the event proceedings.