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Events

Book Launch Party!

Join us at the Passive House California's AGM and Holiday Party to celebrate the publication of the book Midori Haus : Transformation from Old House to Green Future with Passive House 

Address: Carbon Lighthouse, 222 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 

Date: December 3, 2017 (Sunday)

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

We are delighted to have Passive House California host this book launch party. You're invited to ask questions during the Author talk. Chie will be signing your book. Enjoy the company of community members who believe green building is a good thing. 

Chie Kawahara is a speaker and writer on green home. When she is not giving tours of her home, she organizes green home tours. A former information technology manager with experience in medical device and manufacturing industries, she is methodical and enjoys developing and improving business processes. She is bilingual in English and Japanese. She lives in Santa Cruz California with her husband.


Shirley Homeowner

First, I would just like to make a general statement . . . I also live in a house built in the 1920's. I really appreciated that, while going "green" with your remodel, you maintained the style and character of your home. And that you also kept original cabinetry within the home.

I thought you gave a great tour. Your graphs were helpful in understanding just how improved your energy savings were. The analogies you used to help us understand other features were very helpful.

Although I was aware of some features that provide energy efficiency such as dual or triple paned windows, I was not aware of other products you described. I was also impressed to learn of the "paper" counters.

I found the water storage tank in your back yard and how the rain water will be used very interesting. I loved that you showed us how the valves worked on the toilet to change the source of the flushing water.

I cannot think of anything that you could improve upon. It was a great tour and I learned a lot!!

Past Events

November 12, 2017  International Passive House Days open house and tour

October 8, 2017  NAPHN17 tour

September 10, 2017  Custom tour for Lifelong Learner Concept Exchange group

June 17, 2017  Mid-year International Passive House Days open house and tour

February 2, 2017  Citizen Science program at Santa Cruz Public Library

January 29, 2017 KMH Women's Group event

November 13, 2016  International Passive House Days open house and tour

August 12, 2016  KCNA Annual Conference, keynote speech.

August 1, 2016 Custom tour of Midori Haus for participants of US-Denmark Renewable Energy Program, Partnership for International Research and Education Summer 2016 Workshop.

June 25, 2016 Mid-Year International Passive House Days open house and tour

May 9, 2016 Custom tour of Midori Haus for Chuck Mornard's Construction classes Cabrillo College.

April 9, 2016 Public tour of Midori Haus

March 1, 2016 Custom tour of Midori Haus for David Shaw's Permaculture Class at UCSC.

November 15, 2015 International Passive House Days. Open house and public tour of Midori Haus.

‚ÄčNovember 13, 2015 Presentation at Building Carbon Zero California Conference. Watch a video of Chie's presentation of Living in a Passive House here.

October 12, 2015  Custom Tour for Chuck Mornard's Green Building Class at Cabrillo College. Topics include Passive House fundamentals, water saving features, energy data, and indoor air quality.

September 25, , 2015  Custom Tour for Benoit Delaveau's Solar Home Design Class at San Jose State University. Topics include Passive House fundamentals, water saving features, energy data, and indoor air quality.

August 26, 2015  Presentation at Space System Loral in Palo Alto titled Planning and Project Management of Net Zero Energy Ready House.

June 27 , 2015  City of Palo Alto's Net Zero Home Energy Workshop.

June 14 , 2015  Public tour and open house of Midori Haus.

May 29, 2015  San Mateo County's Creating a Zero Energy Home Workshop. Event presentation can be downloaded from here.  See Chie's presentation here.

February 20, 2015  Celebration of Millionth Square Meter of Passive House at Midori Haus.

November 9, 2014  International Passive House Days. Open house and public tour of Midori Haus.