Affordable Housing: Saving Energy & Money While Addressing Climate and Equity Goals

A talk by Michelle Apigian, Colin Booth, Beverly Craig, Prudence Ferreira and Christina McPike
ICON architecture, Placetailor, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, BR+A Consulting Engineers and WinnCompanies

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Beverly Craig will speak about affordable housing policies to encourage passive new construction and retrofit work, including QAP revisions to encourage good environmental design and changes in lending practices. Christina McPike will share examples of affordable housing developments, from moderate renovations to gut rehabs to new construction, and explain the ‘business as usual’ approach, and how policy and incentives impact those decisions. Michelle Apigian will speak about the process, communication, and feedback loops that enable Passive House quality that is cost‐effective. From design through construction, she will share how ICON’s process is evolving to ensure cost‐optimization, feasibility and successful execution. Prudence Ferreira will discuss typical bottlenecks in the delivery of affordable high performance housing and the creation of new agile workflows for Passive House and other low carbon projects that utilize open‐source tools, and how these tools and concepts can provide the design community opportunities to shatter economic, racial, gender barriers, as well as design and analysis barriers. Colin Booth will show project examples using Placetailor’s integrated model, proving the viability of passive house and zero carbon housing through community oriented development, including the new Zero Emission requirements that PT developed for Boston DND, and current work with the BPDA and city of Somerville.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of recent and upcoming regional/local energy/carbon requirements, and learn how to access the educational resources that are provided by the agencies.

  2. Explore how strategies to reduce soft and hard costs using process efficiencies, workflow innovation and open source tools can concurrently deliver reduced carbon intensity, and opportunities for improved capital stacks and increased community reinvestment.

  3. Summarize incentive approaches to encouraging affordable housing new construction to build to the highest energy performance levels.

  4. Compare policy approaches to improve efficiency in existing affordable housing buildings and identify shortcomings in historical policy approaches.

1 GBCI CEU (self-reported) 1 LFA CEU (pending)