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Passive House for High-Rise: Design Strategies from New York and Seattle

April 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Passive House is rapidly becoming mainstream lexicon for design professionals. With the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code and Vancouver’s Zero Emission Building Plan, it is no wonder that Passive House has been gaining a lot of attention in this city. While the Passive House standard started with single-family homes, it is now shifting to a form which is very relevant to Vancouver: larger scaled high-rise towers.

This session brings together design professionals from New York and Seattle who have first-hand experience building Passive House on a larger scale. Learn about the challenges and solutions to building to this standard, particularly in larger form buildings, and what needs to happen differently on a Passive House project. Speakers will cover the fundamentals of what systems are critical to cost-optimized building energy efficiency. Multiple case-studies will be discussed, including completed projects and several which are in the planning and construction phase, sharing cost where possible. Come prepared to learn from the practices of design professionals doing high-density Passive House work in New York, Seattle, and other major American cities.

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 12 – 2 p.m. (lunch provided)
Location: AIBC, Suite 100, 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Learning Units: 1.5 Core
Register by April 17, 2018

Session Presenters 

Lois Arena, PE
Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at Steven Winter Associates, Inc possesses over 25 years experience in the building science field and has extensive experience with new and existing buildings. Lois holds both U.S. and international Passive House consultant certifications and is currently consulting on some of the largest and most complex Passive House projects in the world. She is regularly invited to present at national and international conferences as well as private firms on topics ranging from moisture control in buildings to road blocks and PH adoption.

Brandon Nicholson, AIA, CHPD, LEED AP BD+C
Founding Principal of NK, Brandon is dedicated to reducing the impact of buildings on global climate change. A developer in his own right, he uses his own projects to research and develop best practices for cost-effective delivery of zero carbon buildings. He serves as president of Passive House Western Pennsylvania and board member of North American Passive House Network.

Brandon and NK have won numerous awards for management and design, including the 2014 AIA Housing Award for Park Passive, the first certified Passive House in Seattle, and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s 2017 Innovation and Design Award, in partnership with Thoughtful Balance, for Morningside Crossing which is a large scale Passive House retrofit of an abandoned Pittsburgh school building into affordable housing for seniors.

Monte Paulsen, EA, CPHC, Phi Building Certifier
As one of Canada’s most experienced Passive House professionals, Monte Paulsen leads RDH’s Passive House consulting services in British Columbia and facilitates the development of Passive House capacity among RDH teams across Canada and the U.S. Monte possesses nearly 7 years in the Passive House industry and is one of three PHI-accredited Building Certifiers in Canada. Monte has consulted on a variety of projects ranging from single-family homes to high-rise residential towers, and has conducted performance testing in more than 600 buildings.



April 24, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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