The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is pleased to announce that it can provide up to 4 scholarships to qualified students to help defray the cost of attending the 2018 North American Passive House Conference (NAPHC)—to be held September 19 - 23, 2018 in Boston, MA. Each scholarship will provide $700 from SBSE to assist in meeting the costs of participating in the conference. In addition, the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) will waive the conference registration fee for the SBSE scholarship recipients.
These scholarships are offered to provide support for students who are interested in high-performance passive building design. Conference participation is an excellent way to improve one’s knowledge of passive building design principles, construction techniques, and developing issues in building science. Funds will be provided to scholarship recipients at the conference; they cannot be advanced prior to participation. Funds may be used to defray any aspect of conference attendance (lodging, meals, transportation) without submission of receipts. Late applications will not be considered.
Applications for NAPHC scholarships will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:
- Applicants must be a junior, senior, or graduate student who will be enrolled in a building design or construction related academic program at the time of the conference.
- The applicant makes a convincing case that they are seriously interested in high-performance buildings as embodied by passive house and will benefit from conference participation.
- The selection process will favor those with previous exposure to the passive house approach (as presented in response to item 2 above), seek geographic diversity among applicants, and encourage diverse representation among academic institutions—assuming other selection criteria have been successfully addressed.
- The selection process will favor applicants who are members of SBSE, assuming other criteria have been successfully addressed.
Those accepting an offer of a scholarship will—by the act of acceptance—commit to full conference participation (excluding workshops and tours).
A reminder: the intent of this scholarship program is to provide support for students interested in passive building technologies who have limited institutional resources at their disposal. The program is not targeted at faculty or design professionals who are gainfully employed.