Cooling & Dehumidification (Jessica Grove-Smith and Tomas Mikeska)

4 Hour Morning Workshop • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Wednesday, Oct. 17


Passive House Institute's Jessica Grove-Smith and Tomas Mikeska will share dehumidification and cooling strategies with attendees, providing a roadmap for overcoming common design challenges in cooling dominated climates and showing attendees how to harness the versatility of the Passive House standard.


Jessica Grove-Smith graduated with a master’s degree in physics (MPhys) from the University of Sussex in England. She has been part of the research team at the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt since 2008. Her responsibilities range from stationary and dynamic energy demand modelling, climate data for the PHPP and hygrothermal simulations of individual building components. The application of the Passive House concept for indoor swimming pools has also been a main focus of her work, as well as contributions to the renewable primary energy assessment method that is being introduced for the new Passive House classes.


Tomas Mikeska joined the team at Passive House Institute in 2014. He received his Phd degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark in 2015. Tomas has been focusing on energy efficiency in buildings during most of his studies and sees the Passive House concept as a very natural way of building houses. His areas of expertize are technical installations in buildings with special focus on heating and cooling solutions. At Passive House Institute he is involved in the development of certification schemes for heat pumps.