Decarbonization. Sustainable communities. Building science innovations. Large-scale retrofits. Climate justice.

These are some of the most critical topics within our industry right now, which is why they will be front and center at PhiusCon 2022. Tackling the most relevant, important topics impacting the passive building industry is how PhiusCon became the leading passive conference in the country, and this year’s iteration is no different.

PhiusCon 2022 Core Conference (Oct. 27-28 in Chicago) consists of dozens of sessions featuring presentations, panels and even a few hootenannys led by the brightest minds in high-performance building. And while the conference schedule is filled top to bottom with thought-provoking sessions, we’d like to highlight a few that attendees may find particularly compelling.

Energy & Climate Justice: Community Design and Urban Planning Case Studies


This session will showcase how passive design strategies are being used to create equitable, healthy and resilient communities. We will cover urban planning case studies that show how passive design is successfully being incorporated to not only power up (decarbonize) but also to em-power up.

Mini Keynote: Retrofit with People in Place: Multi-Family High-Rise Affordable Case Study


  • Julie Klump | Preservation of Affordable Housing, VP Design & Building Performance

This presentation will feature an impressive Phius exterior retrofit design and construction case study of a high-rise in Massachusetts that is being implemented with tenants in place.

Mini-Keynote: Building Science Fundamentals


If you have not heard about the second law of thermodynamics or have a vague understanding of it and its implications for building science and ultra energy efficient buildings, then don’t miss this presentation!

Diverse Voices Global Adaptation Hootenanny


This panel will feature interviews from passive building practitioners around the world. We will discuss lessons learned when implementing passive building standards in other climates, cultures and socio-economic contexts.

Buildings as Carbon Drawdown Strategy


This session goes all in discussing radical decarbonization and absolute zero strategies with passive buildings as the facilitator. We will cover decarb strategies, operational and embodied carbon, techniques, carbon assessments and more.

Want more details on this decarb session? We’ve got you covered with descriptions of the three subsessions below.

Living a Marginal Existence presented by Dan Whitmore, Skylar Swinford, and Zack Semke

Looking further (beyond simple energy savings) how, when, and where energy is used in buildings is a critical component for assessing the operational carbon impacts of our projects. This session examines that, as well as the carbon impact of the ingredients and processes utilized to construct our buildings. The presentation will review the impacts of moving from baseline energy code performance to Phius CORE compliance on two projects.

Impact of Passive House Envelope Systems on Embodied Carbon presented by Cheryl Saldanha and Saul Accetta

This presentation will explore the embodied carbon introduced as a result of improved envelope systems, primarily within the insulation materials used to improve thermal performance, the added structural components required to create the cavities for these insulation materials, and membrane materials used to create airtight building shells. Specifically, this presentation will compare three wall assemblies in a Phius project, to quantify the trade-offs in operational and embodied carbon impacts.

Towards Radical Decarbonization presented by Michael Hindle and Christina Aßmann

This presentation builds off the “Passive to Positive” presentation from last year’s conference, taking a look at whole-building embodied carbon of building materials, and aims to present a holistic assessment of the variables over which passive practitioners have control to yield dramatic decarbonization.