Oct 29, 2011 0
We have had to postpone the event until January.
We will update as more details come about.
An Introduction to Passive House, a program to carbon neutrality
Southface Eco Office
241 Pine Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
$20 per Ticket
$25.00 per Ticket at the door (Cash, Check, and Credit Card will be accepted)
“A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized. Any remaining heat demand is provided by an extremely small source. Avoidance of heat gain through shading and window orientation also helps to limit any cooling load, which is similarly minimized. An energy recovery ventilator provides a constant, balanced fresh air supply. The result is an impressive system that not only saves up to 90% of space heating costs, but also provides a uniquely terrific indoor air quality. ” ~ Quoted from www.passivehouse.us
Builder Jeff Dinkle, LEED AP, CPHC, CPHD
Jeff Dinkle, LEED AP, CPHC, CPHD, brings over two decades of experience in sustainable construction and renovation to his board service at the National Passive House Alliance. Founder and owner of Eco Custom Homes and its parent company ICON Development Corporation, Jeff has become a recognized leader in Atlanta’s green building scene. He holds degrees in economics and sociology from Emory University, has trained in Earthcraft principles at Southface, and serves on the board of the Green Building Council (part of The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association). Through Eco Custom Homes, he builds and renovates very efficient high-performance structures that embrace comfortable and healthy living. He currently is the only person in the SouthEast Certified as a Passive House Consultant both in the US and Internationally.
Architect David Bitter, AIA, LEED AP
Originally from Ohio, David has been a resident of Georgia since his 240Z broke down in Atlanta in 1985. He brought with him degrees in Civil Technology from the University of Toledo and Architecture from the University of Cincinnati along with seven years of college teaching experience in Architectural Technology.
As a practicing architect, he has worked on projects of all types and sizes; from 14th Street Playhouse, to Underground Atlanta, the LEED silver DeKalb Juvenile Justice Center to the $5.5 billion Dulles MetroRail Project (to name a few).
David is an active member of a number of professional associations including the American Solar Energy Society, the Living Building Community and the Passive House Alliance. He recently received certification in Permaculture Design and Helped build a straw bale cottage in Tennessee. As a skilled photographer he has covered teh Adopt A Grandparent Program’s main events for the last 20 years.
David is looking forward to the opportunity to design and build a sustainable “ecovillage” using the principles, practice, and methods associated with permaculture and pasive house design. He is hoping that he will then be able to relax and reacquaint himself with his somewhat neglected Flamenco guitar.
Architect Michael Fletcher, AIA, LEEP AP
Michael Fletcher is a registered architect with more than 24 years of experience in the design and construction industry, and has experience in a wide range of projects. His design approach is based in the belief that the same Principals of Ecology that govern the delicate balance in the natural world are essential to our social communities, and that architecture should engage with and adapt to both society and nature, forming a dynamic built environment interdependent with its surroundings.
In 2006, Michael founded the architectural design firm, Ecologics Design, LLC out of the desire to improve both our social and ecological communities through the built environment. He continues to practice this philosophy by pursuing projects that promote positive social and environmental change through architecture, primarily in the fields of education, community outreach and affordable housing. Recent work includes LEEDing Edge (Atlanta’s first LEED Platinum-Certified Home), the Eco-Playhouse for Home-Aid Atlanta, and shipping-container house designs for Alternative Sustainable Housing Options in Atlanta.
Michael has established a strong commitment to community and the environment as an active Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional and member of the American Institute of Architects. Mike has also taught several classes on green building design and construction, and believes that research and education are critical to social and environmental responsibility in today’s business practices.
Energy Expert Bruce Kitchell
BSEE from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
I have spent a large part of my professional career as a Control Engineer blending control system technology with computer engineering and technical support of computer systems. An opportunity to start a business with my relatives in Slovakia building wooden homes shifted my professional interests to the arena of Building Science.
At WHC, s.r.o we were building low energy wooden homes. But I wanted to do more – comfort and energy conservation was my focus. I learned about the Passive Haus movement in Germany and wanted to bring its benefits to Slovakia and to the US.
I have trained at the Passive House Institute in Urbana, IL and also at the PHI in Darmstadt, Germany. In order to learn more about the construction industry in the US, I have trained at Southface in Atlanta, GA
I am a certified HERS rater, BPI analyst and Energy Star V3 rater. Currently I am working on my Earthcraft Technical Advisor certification. I am involved in the Energy Star V3 field certification of about one hundred new homes each month in the Atlanta Metro area.
My goal is to incorporate current green building practices in the US with the Passive House principles to create a healthy living environment that uses dramatically less energy for the population of the Southeastern US.