Portland to actively welcome passive house movement's Feist
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Wolfgang Feist, a pioneer in the passive house movement, will make several appearances in Portland next Tuesday.
The man who’s considered the “father of passive house design” will hit Portland next week for a series of events touting net-zero construction techniques.
Wolfgang Feist is spending Tuesday meeting with proponents of energy efficient building. Among his duties: Feist, founder and director of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, will attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Ankeny Row, a new “net-zero energy pocket community” in Southeast Portland’s Buckman neighborhood. He’ll also visit the Kiln Apartments in North Portland and greet guests at an Earth Advantage reception. Earth Advantage is one of the sponsors of Feist’s visit.
Feist co-created the concept of using 80 percent less energy for heating and cooling than conventional homes. The German native developed the passive house concept with Swedish academic Bo Adamson in 1988. The first passive houses were built two years later in 1990 in Darmstadt. Feist founded his institute in 1996.
The Belgium province of Antwerp announced in June it is adopting the passive house standard for new and retrofitted government buildings. Brussels will apply the standard to all new buildings and retrofits starting in 2015.
In Portland, the Xico Upstairs meeting and event space in southeast Portland is the first commercial adaptive reuse retrofit that meets passive house standards in the U.S. The Kiln Apartments, at North Williams Avenue and Northeast Beech Street, will be one of the first apartment buildings in the nation built to passive house standards. Ankeny Row is a series of six single-family homes.
Passive houses eliminate leaks by sealing the building tightly, then provide fresh air through a mechanical ventilation system that recovers heat from outgoing stale air on cold days and rejects heat from incoming fresh air on hot days. Contractors also add much more insulation than conventional buildings contain.
Earth Advantage is located at 808 S.W. 3rd Ave. on the eighth floor. The 4 p.m. reception for Feist, on Sept. 24, is open to the public.
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