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Call for Abstracts: 15th Annual North American Passive House Conference, Tarrytown, New York, October 13 - 17

October 13-17

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, New York, 10591, USA 



This year’s 15th Annual PHIUS North American Passive House Conference will have a distinct New York accent. In partnership with NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), the conference will be held in Tarrytown, New York, proximate to fantastic passive projects in New York City as well as the Hudson Valley. 
NYSERDA has made New York a leader in energy and carbon reduction. The annual PHIUS North American Passive House Conference--the largest and longest running passive building event in North America--provides the perfect forum to make NYSERDAs successful programs part of the national discussion. The state authority has subsidized passive building training to build the workforce, offers cash incentives for multifamily units built and certified to the PHIUS+ standard, pressed for stringent codes, and incentivized high-performance building through efforts like it’s Buildings of Excellence program. We look forward to the agency’s participation.
As always, the Conference provides a forum to share the best of passive building through case studies, best practices, lessons learned, and product knowledge. Broadly, we're looking for:

  • Passive building best practices, standards, design tools, science
  • Proven technology, materials, systems
  • Successfully completed case studies in all climates with all construction types: Single, Multifamily (lo, mid, hi), commercial, retrofits
  • Lessons learned from professionals in the field/practice

We want abstracts/proposals that tackle existing and the next-frontier challenges on the path to zero: 

  • States’ and cities’ climate action and zero energy code progress
  • Innovation in finance and technology
  • Cost optimization for design, construction and manufacturing
  • Passive + zero carbon + renewable grid solutions 
  • Successful passive retrofit solutions including manufactured component approaches such as panel systems
  • International climate-specific passive projects
  • QA/QC professional file experiences in multiple building typologies
  • Integrating PHIUS+ QA/QC protocol from start to finish
  • Performance verification
  • The relationship between high-performance/passive building and economic/workforce development
  • Carbon/impact assessment


Extended to April 27, 2020

If accepted, you will be asked to expand your abstract/findings into a 5 - 6 page paper, which will be included in the 2020 Conference Proceedings. You will also be scheduled to present your findings during the 15th Annual North American Passive House Conference (October 15-16 ) or during Pre-Conference (October 13-14) if submitting a workshop.


  • Paper Title
  • Presentation Structure, one of three: 35 min presentation, panel, workshop)
  • 500 word maximum abstract
  • Learning objectives (4)
  • Presenter(s) bio, credentials & headshot

If accepted, you and up to one co-presenter will be eligible for a discounted conference registration. Firms are eligible to submit multiple presentations.




Mid May

Notification of Paper Acceptance + Invitation to Present

If accepted, you are invited to expand your abstract/findings into a 5 - 6 page paper, and present those findings/information during the Core Conference days of the 15th Annual North American Passive House Conference (October 15-16). Your final paper will be published in the 2020 Conference Proceedings.

June 5

Deadline to RSVP + Register to confirm your intent to submit a paper & present at NAPHC20

One (1) Presenter discount-rate Core Conference registration granted per accepted abstract.

Additional (2nd) presenter offered PHAUS Member discount-rate Core Conference registration (if applicable).

All presenters are eligible to register for Pre-Conference Workshops and the Passive Projects Tour at the PHAUS Member rate.

June 29

Initial Draft of Paper due for Technical Committee Review

(Download Paper template)

July 27

Technical Committee returns comments


August 27

Final Paper due for inclusion in Conference Proceedings Publication (Download Paper template)

Accepted format: Word (.doc/.docx), do not submit PDFs

Limit inclusion of Images/Graphics/Diagrams; papers will be printed black/white

Page limit: 5 - 6 pages (11 pt Times), limit includes graphics

October 13 - 17

Present at 15th Annual North American Passive House Conference

Workshop dates: October 13 - 14

Core Conference/Presentation dates:
December October 14-16

(Tour: October 17)

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