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Passive House Multi-Family Case-Studies: Front Flats, Harbor Village, and Finch Cambridge Presenters: Tim McDonald, CPHC, Onion Flats Michelle Apigian, CPHC, ICON Architecture This two-session course features multi-family Passive House case-studies recorded at the April and May, 2020, Passive House MA open meetings. In the first, Tim McDonald discusses his latest large Passive House project in Pennsylvania, Front Flats. In the second, Michelle Apigian discusses her new affordable Passive House in Gloucester, Harbor Village, and shares lessons learned from the nearly-completed Finch Cambridge affordable project.  Learn how Passive House is revolutionizing the multifamily and affordable housing sectors – and what lessons these experienced PH designers have learned on their projects. Each session is approximately 1 hour.  Read More

Note: this is a recording a previous live-webinar. Video, audio, and slides included.  Presenters: Angela Iraldi, CPHC, PHIUS+Verifier, Project Manager, Re:Vision Architecture Nick Semon, PHIUS+Verifier, Senior Project Manager, Testing Specialist, Re:Vision Architecture This presentation focuses on the technical requirements of PHIUS verification for both single family and multifamily dwellings. While some requirements, such as blower door testing, are generally well understood by Passive House designers, others are more opaque. While it is the job of the Verifier, not the Designer, to perform all required tests and inspections, Designers can benefit from an understanding of which specific parts of their design will ultimately be tested. These testing and verification requirements are both explicit in the PHIUS standards and implicit in several third-party programs that are required by PHIUS. By gaining a basic understanding of these requirements and additional certifications, Designers can position their projects for a higher degree of success within the Passive House system. PHIUS CEU Eligible  Read More

An Introduction to Passive House Buildings & Design Note: this is a recording of an earlier webinar. Register for access.  In this course, we will provide an overview of the Passive House building standard including certification metrics, common design elements, and net-zero potential, as well as the impacts Passive House has on carbon and health. Examples of various building types will be presented and information on funding opportunities will be provided. Get your questions answered on what Passive House is, where it came from, and how it is expanding throughout the state and region. Offered for free through the new Mass Save Passive House program, this course is designed for architects, builders, engineers, developers, and all members of project teams, as well as homeowners, renovators, and others with an interest in low-carbon, high-performance homes and buildings. Read More

This new training tool from MassCEC was developed primarily for multi-family projects, but may be helpful for other Passive House building types. The goal of the tool is to empower each project team to develop their own in-house trainings specific to their project and provide them with the resources to effectively deliver that training to tradespeople who may have never done a Passive House project previously. This course features both a recorded webinar and a link the the Training Tool itself.  Read More

This one-hour webinar from MassCEC provides an overview of Passive House principles and how they relate to multifamily buildings. This presentation is designed for all members of the project team – general contractor, tradespeople and design team. We will review what’s required for Passive House certification, characteristics of Passive House projects, recent multifamily examples from New England, and lessons learned from other project teams. Read More

This recorded session from Tim McDonald and David Salamon provides cost-effective strategies and a practical guide for affordable multi-family Passive House projects based on their experience leading the way on these types of buildings in Pennsylvania.  Tim and David are energy efficiency building experts with 20 years of designing multi-family high-performance buildings and, more recently, five years of working on multi-family affordable Passive House projects. They created this workshop to provide design, development, and building professionals with a step-by-step guide to cost-effective strategies for approaching affordable multi-family Passive House buildings. In this course, they provide a manual, delivered in the form of a “decision tree” with pros and cons associated with the two or three most cost-effective and energy efficient strategies for managing all aspects of designing a multi-family Passive House building, including metering, monitoring, heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, site-built and prefabricated envelopes, foundations, and airtightness. An Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) provides a strategic backbone to the manual and is demonstrated through several case study projects. Presenters: Tim McDonald, Onion Flats; David Salamon, Re:Vision Architecture Recorded in Boston, Fall 2019 Read More

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