Building Envelope Pioneer William Rose, "The Conscience of the Building Science Industry," Delivers Keynote at 9th Annual North

   Building Envelope Pioneer William Rose, "The Conscience of the Building
Science Industry," Delivers Keynote at 9th Annual North American Passive House
                           Conference in September

Sessions to focus on Net-Zero, building resiliency, the growing multifamily
sector, building science fundamentals and cost-effective climate-specific
passive building standards

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, June 13, 2014

CHICAGO, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)
announced today that William Rose, pioneering building scientist, will deliver
the keynote address at the 9^th Annual North American Passive House Conference
in San Francisco, during the opening plenary on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Rose is Senior Research Architect at the Illinois Sustainable Technology
Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a protege of
Seichi Konzo, the principal author of double-wall superinsulation—first
introduced in 1976 in the Illinois Lo-Cal House. Superinsulation became one of
the foundations of what today is known as passive house.

Rose authored the seminal "Water in Buildings," and for 12 years he chaired
the ASHRAE committee that produced the ASHRAE Handbook chapters on building
envelopes. A founding member of ASHRAE Standard Committee 160 "Criteria for
Moisture Control Design Analysis," he remains involved with the ASHRAE
guideline "Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings." He has consulted to
address energy and water problems at the Guggenheim Museum, Independence Hall,
Angkor Temples in Cambodia, and the United Nations Secretariat Building, among

"Because he knows where building science has been, Bill Rose can provide a
one-of-a-kind perspective on where passive building needs to go," said PHIUS
Executive Director Katrin Klingenberg. "We are honored that he'll be joining
us, and eager for his insights."

Rose has been called "The conscience of the building science industry" by
Building Science Corporation's Joe Lstiburek.

Lstiburek himself will present a daylong preconference session on building
science fundamentals. It's a terrific opportunity for passive building design
and construction professionals to get a building science foundation – or to
refresh their knowledge – with one of the field's most well-respected and
knowledgeable luminaries.

Achilles Karagiozis, Global Director of Building Science at Owens Corning,
will deliver a closing plenary address. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Dr.
Karagiozis was a distinguished research and development engineer at the Oak
Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He has been instrumental in the development
of WUFI hygrothermal analysis tools, including WUFI Passive, the most advanced
passive building design tool on the market.

The conference will be held at the San Francisco Airport Waterfront Marriott
Hotel. Rose's address on Friday morning, September 12, kicks off two days of
four tracks of breakout sessions. The core conference will be bookended by
intensive technical workshops on September 10 and 11, and a tour of Bay-area
passive projects on September 14.

Passive building principles produce fantastically energy efficient and
resilient buildings – and they provide the best path to Net Zero.

The 9^th Annual N. American Passive House Conference is presented in
partnership with Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS) and Passive Buildings
Canada. The leading passive building conclave in North America, each year the
conference draws hundreds of architects, policy makers, developers, builders,
engineers, building scientists and energy consultants from around the world.
Dozens of high-performance building component manufacturers will also display
their products at the conference trade show. For more on the conference, visit


PHIUS is a 501(c)3 organization committed to making high-performance passive
building the mainstream market standard. PHIUS is transforming the building
sector by developing and promoting North American specific standards,
practices and certifications for buildings, professionals and products to
create structures that are durable, comfortable, healthy and super energy

Michael Knezovich, PHIUS

SOURCE Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)
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