8th Nordic Passive House Conference
Adaptive and interactive buildings and districts

27-29 September 2017, Helsinki


Wednesday 27th September at 13.30
Workshop 1

Building performance simulation for adaptive and interactive buildings

To improve the indoor climate and energy performance of buildings dedicated decision making tools are needed. For that purpose various tools are being developed to help building designers/owners/clients to decide what levels to reach for in the performance of their building, to check the performance in terms of energy, comfort and expected costs. This workshop tries to give an overview of what is available and which latest developments have been made in the field of advanced building performance simulation for adaptive and interactive buildings. In the workshop

some research results from Building performance simulation case studies and
building validation feedback as well as
future challenges for district and urban level performance simulations are discussed.

Moderators and speakers:
Dr. Matthias Haase, SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, IBPSA-Nordic
Mika Vuolle, EQUA

Thursday 28th September at 13.00
Workshop 2


Nordic Collaborative Network of Passivhaus providers: Establishment

The organizers of this workshop claim the international Passivhaus to be the best available, scientifically proven standard for buildings, however, they have noticed resistance to its broad adoption among designers, clients, financiers and stiff competition from better funded incumbent standards, i.e. DGNB, BREEAM, DGBC, USGBC/WGBC, etc.

Vestergaard and Benjamin in this workshop propose the establishment of a network of Passivhaus providers to collaborate throughout the Nordics and beyond, in order to document the relevant questions concerning how to extend the reach of the PH standard, increase sales volume and ensure continuous improvement of quality for PH buildings, educate the general construction sector market, establish and confirm alliances among construction actors (including the crafts and tradespeople especially) and build a living document database of business model best practices for firm success/sustainability. All this using current best practices from innovation and management research: Build a “learning organization” with semi-permeable barriers, utilize connections within the quadruple helix of private firms, academia, governments and the general public, understand and use knowledge management and Rene Jorna's sustainable innovation to transmit explicit and tacit learnings of cognitive information and manual skills, use charrette and “open café” forms of stakeholder meetings to build champions and understand the effective differences between the truth seeking of science versus the seeking of safety and resilience of design/engineering practice in Funtowicz and Ravetz's “Post-Normal Science.”

Moderators and speakers:
David N. Benjamin, PhD, Sivilarkitekt MNAL, Charrette Planner
Inge Vestergaard, Assoc. Prof and Architect, Aarhus School of Architecture