Passive House: A Proven Path Toward Resilient, Affordable & Energy Efficient Housing

A talk by Lois Arena, Karla Butterfield and Susan Odell
Steven Winter Associates, Steven Winter Associates and Paul B Bailey Architect

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About this talk

The Passive House (PH) building standard is the most stringent energy efficiency standard in the world. It is quickly being identified as one path to achieving the carbon reduction goals set forth by a multitude of states and municipalities around the country and the world. Several affordable housing authorities in the US are currently including it or are preparing to include it as one of the sustainability options in their applications for funding. Projects range in size from single family dwellings to high-rise structures as tall as 33 stories in the US with millions of square feet and tens of thousands of units completed, under construction and in design.

The benefits of the PH building standard for affordable housing owners and occupants far exceed energy savings. Comfort, resilience, affordability and durability are just a few. This session will explore how and why this standard has made such inroads into the affordable housing market. The case study will demystify Passive House by showing typical construction techniques and methods, carefully applied and monitored, that form the backbone of a Passive House building. The Architect and initial CPHC on the project will present a brief history and overview of the project. The Passive House verifier for the project will present challenges from the field and discuss how Passive House interacts with Indoor Air PLUS and Energy Star requirements to provide a healthy, comfortable and resilient living environment for the residents.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify principles of the Passive House Standard and their implementation during construction

  2. Explain why Passive House has become popular with affordable housing developers

  3. Understand major milestones & common pitfalls in constructing a Passive House project

  4. Understand how the Passive House standard benefits the residents of affordable housing

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