Talk & Film



PH101: What is a Passive House?

with John Loercher, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), Passive House Alliance of the Hudson Valley

Where: Main Stage
This talk will include q&a

Passive House Alliance – Hudson Valley (PHA-HV) is the exclusive local chapter of the Passive House Alliance U.S. (PHAUS) in the Northeast region. It provides a robust membership-based network with over 1000 members throughout North America and provides training, resources, marketing, and advocacy support to its members throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New England.

Our mission is to contribute positively to a low-carbon future through education, training and advocacy for the Passive House standard and make it the mainstream standard of building for our future. The climate-specific Passive House standard developed and refined by PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) is the only Passive House standard proven to perform in all seven climate zones found throughout the United States.

We are inclusive of all professionals engaged in the design, construction, and testing of high-performance buildings regardless of the origin of their certifications and we value the contributions of each individual. We create a culture of collaboration and sharing throughout our membership base and collectively contribute to the advancement of the Passive Building methods through our work.


Restoring the Clearwater

Directed by Chris Rahm, Devin Pickering

The Sloop Clearwater was built to save New York’s Hudson River. 50 years later a community rallies to save her.

For nearly a year the historic sloop ‘Clearwater’ was out of the water, on land, enduring what wooden boats have historically endured forever: Restoration. Onshore near the Hudson River Maritime Museum on the Rondout Creek in Kingston, swathed in tarps and protective sheets, the nearly 60-year-old wooden boat was carefully mended and updated. Our OCEANS 8 film crew carefully documented the restoration and the return of the classic ship to the Hudson River. Built under the visionary leadership of musician/activist and Hudson River resident Pete Seeger, the ‘Clearwater’ continues to fulfill the original mission he envisioned, to help educate and share the plight of our local Hudson River environment as it luffs its sails and roams America’s “First River.”