Passive Architecture: The Path to Net Zero

Ionia-AlaskaArchitects, builders, sustainable building practitioners, urban planners and energy technology researchers come together in the unique interdisciplinary environment of the American Solar Energy Society every year. They trade success stories, updates on green building technology, and visionary plans for the future.  This year, the National Passive Solar Conference, which is in its 38th year, will feature two broad themes that explore passive architecture and building technology – “Emerging Architecture & Passive Building Technology” and “Daylighting, Modeling & Building Automation.”  Each track offers insight into state-of-the-art in solar and sustainable building research and practice.  Some of the conference highlights include:

Featured Event – Passive Conference Plenary:

  • The Mythic Modern: Mythology, Ecology and Technology….the Spirit of Place, delivered by Travis Price, FAIA, author of “The Archeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Sprit of Place”


  • DOE Building Integrated Solar Technologies Roadmap – including technologies for space heating + cooling, water heating, hybrid PV thermal, daylighting and BIPV presented by Navigant Consulting, Burlington, MA
  • Two sessions on Zero Net Energy
  • Passive House “Net PLUS Now”
  • Passive Solar + Sustainability Design Tools session

View the Daylighting program details

  • Solar Access Zoning forum with John Reynolds, FAIA and Edna Shaviv
  • Two sessions on Daylighting Monitoring and Modeling
  • Daylighting Design Tools session
  • Optimization of Roofing Systems for Daylighting forum

View the Emerging Architecture program details

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