Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) announced William Rose will deliver the keynote address at the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference in San Francisco Friday, September 12 during the opening plenary.

Rose, the senior research architect at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, authored the seminal “Water in Buildings” and for 12 years chaired the ASHRAE committee that produced the ASHRAE Handbook chapters on building envelopes.

The building envelop pioneer is a protégé of Seichi Konzo, the principal author of double-wall superinsulation. Rose has consulted to address energy and water problems at the Guggenheim Museum, Independence Hall, Angkor Temples in Cambodia and the United Nations Secretariat Building, among others.

“Because he knows where building science has been, Bill Rose can provide a one-of-a-kind perspective on where passive building needs to go,” says PHIUS executive director Katrin Klingenberg. “We are honored that he’ll be joining us, and eager for his insights.”

For more information on the conference, visit its website.