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Conference Info

May 21, 22 | at&t Conference center | Austin, TX.

#HCC2018


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Why You Should Have Attended:

  • Compelling keynote and plenary speakers discussing the latest trends, techniques, and challenges within the PH movement
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills
  • 15.75 Available Hours of CEU Credits (AIA and PHIUS)
  • New to the industry? Get integrated in the community! 
  • A comprehensive vendor fair where you can meet and network with industry pros and leading edge suppliers
  • Excellent networking opportunities with like-minded professionals
  • AIA and PHIUS Continuing Education Credits available
  • A chance to share ideas and ask questions - we want to hear from YOU!

Who Was There?

  • Architects and designers
  • Builders and remodelers
  • Building products manufacturers and distributors
  • Real estate developers and appraisers
  • Energy consultants
  • Mechanical and electrical engineers
  • Home performance contractors
  • HVAC/Mechanical consultants
  • Renewable energy providers
  • Representatives of organizations that support the Passive House movement
  • And individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in learning more about Passive House!

The strength of this movement is based on the involvement and enthusiasm of people like you! We hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting and informative program! We're also thrilled to offer competitive prices for the conference and can't wait to see you there. Please reach out to leadership@passivehouseaustin.org if you have any issues. You will be redirected to TicketSpice to purchase your tickets.


Accommodations

The conference will be held at the AT&T Conference Center & Hotel on the campus of The University Of Texas. There are ample and affordable rooms at this wonderful hotel if you prefer to stay where the conference will be held. Otherwise, there are many hotels near the conference center within the downtown and campus core of Austin.


Enjoying Austin Once You're Here

Austin is an incredible city. It’s got a deep and rich history and it’s rapidly changing. If you’ve been here before, but haven’t been lately, there’s a lot you probably haven’t seen. Here's a list that is by no means exhaustive.

 

Getting around, if you don't have a rental car, or:

  1. You want to bicycle
  2. You want to experience pedicabs - you'll see them all over downtown in the evenings and nights.
  3. Public Transportation
  4. Lyft

Restaurants -It's really hard to go wrong. 

  1. Torchy's Taco's this is one of our favorite locations . The guacamole and queso are absolutely worth it and all the tacos are great.
  2. Odd Duck - tapas. 
  3. Lick - gourmet ice cream.
  4. ABGB - pizza & beer. Delicious. 
  5. Salt Lick BBQ - about 30 minutes outside of town. Cash only and BYOB. Recommended! 
  6. Kerby Lane  - this is the most Austin location, there are several others and they're all the same.  Probably best for breakfast/brunch
  7. Gourdough's - Gourmet doughnuts.  Insane doughnuts. 
  8. La Barbeque.  Go early and be prepared to wait in line. (Spoiler Alert) The line shouldn't be as bad as you'd stand in for Franklin's, but the BBQ is just as good.  Both of these places are famous, especially Franklin's.  Seriously, though, if you want to do Franklin's you'd need to get there by like 9am any and everyday.
  9. Bufalina  - Fancy pizza. Very good. 
  10. Justine's- French. Delicious.
  11. If you've got a hankering for tacos, PapaloteGuerro's, Taco DeliMellizoz are all good.  Check out Polvo's or Curra's Grille for tex/mex.
  12. East 6th St is really cool, too.  Lots of food and bars like Buenos Aires Cafe.
  13. Whip In is a great place for Indian fusion and beer - a very Austin-y place.
  14. Several great restaurants and fun shops off of W. 6th St. (west of Lamar Blvd.)  Cafe Josie is great and  Clark's oyster bar should be on your short list. Z Tejas, too.

Nightlife

  1. A little before dusk, be at or under the Congress Street Bridge.  The bats start coming out at dusk.  It's a popular tourist thing to do. There's easy parking at the Austin American Statesman.
  2. Check out the Continental Club for a show - historic venue - kind of dive-ish.
  3. Learn to do the Texas Two-step at the Broken Spoke.  It's fun.  
  4. Walk down 6th St. aka "dirty 6th" for the people watching. Think Bourbon St. meets the tech industry. Stop in the Driskill Hotel for a drink while you're there for a bit of class to wash off the madness. 
  5. Lots of bars & music happening off of Red River District.
  6. Very popular and fun street for drinks & dinner is Rainey St. G'raj Mahal is great for indian food, Craft Pride has about a million Texas beers on tap, Bangers is a cool beer garden venue. Try to avoid driving down this street at night unless you're ready for a narrow putter through a large pedestrian crowd.
  7. Esther's Follies It seems to always sell out, but worth it if you can get tickets. 

Day Time

  1. Bring your bathing suits and spend several hours at Barton Springs Pool.
  2. Zilker Park (is connected to the same park that Barton Springs Pool is part of.  Great views of downtown, lots of people and dogs.  Connects to Town Lake trail  that goes all the way around the lake (10 mile full loop) on the southern edge of downtown. There are several kayak/paddle board rental places around the lake, it's very popular here.  
  3. Just to the west of Zilker Park is the Zilker Botanical Garden.
  4. Check out the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, it might be the perfect time of year to check this out.
  5. Mt. Bonnell - short hike to some scenic views of Austin.  You'll also get a birds-eye view of some of the rich people's houses on the lake.  Stunning.
  6. Check out the greenbelt for a quick day hike.  There several places to access the trail, including just beyond Barton Springs Pool
  7. Take a tour of the capitol building.  It's free and very interesting.
  8. Check out the Bullock Texas History Museum then see an IMAX movie
  9. Walk up and down South Congress and check out all the weird shops.  Get a slice of pizza for a snack at Home Slice there's a window front you can order from- very good New York style slices. 
  10. Lots of shops off of 2nd street downtown.  
  11. The Yellow Jacket Social Club for drink outside in the shade.

There's a boatload of stuff to get into.  This just scratches the surface.  Just remember, if you're driving be hands free with your phone - it's a big deal out here.