Worcester Passive House (WooPH) Interest Group
Worcester Passive House and High Performance Interest Group is about supporting high performance building and passive house thinking and action in the greater Worcester building design and development community. The group meets (remotely for the time being) at 4pm on the third Thursday of every month for about 1-1/2 hours. Each meeting takes on a particular high(er) performance building topic. Most topic discussions are led by group members and some feature guest speakers. Hosted by Building Evolution Corporation.
December 2020: Ventilation and Air Purification.
Kevin Seaman President of Seaman Engineering Corporation (SEC), discussed ventilation and air purification strategies for buildings, including options available to promote IAQ, such as ionizing air purification, UV light treatment, and filtration. SEC continue to assess and plan for improved ventilation filtration in existing municipal buildings across the state.
November 2020: Cost Estimating for Passive House
Ken Neuhauser and Wesley Stanhope of Building Evolution Corporation (BEC) discussed the cost impacts of higher performance buildings and passive house improvements. What are the impacts of Passive House and should the sub-contractors worry (worry = money).
September 2020: Electrification
Mike Ragan from Mitsubishi Electric discussed unique applications of refrigerant-to-water heat exchangers in VRF heat pump systems, reducing the amount of refrigerant in the system or outright eliminates refrigerant from occupied spaces. And advancements in VRF product development in Hybrid VRF and Domestic Hot Water heat pump systems, systems available beginning in 2021.