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Making Passive House Standard: 4+ Case Studies Showing the Adaptability of Large Mixed-Use Passive House Design

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Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 3pm ET

Buildings are responsible for a significant chunk of our world’s carbon emissions, and their rate of impact is particularly high in dense, urban environments. In response, New York (among other cities) is seeing an uptick in low-energy, high-performance building standards, including Passive House, for their large multifamily and mixed-use buildings. While Passive House has established itself as the primary building block for a net-zero carbon future, buildings constructed to meet this standard have also proven to provide tenants with healthier living environments that are also more affordable to operate and maintain. From the initial successes of large-scale Passive House projects in NYC, are we able to scale up Passive House construction to other urban areas and beyond? Do technologies exist that will allow us to seamlessly, and affordably, transition to a low-carbon future for our built environment? Can we make Passive House standard? In this session we will hear from a leading design firm on how they successfully implemented Passive House strategies on a number of their large-scale urban buildings. We will explore the technologies they adopted and take a close look at the products that have helped them to transition to making Passive House principles standard in their practice.

Learning Objectives


Learn varied methods and concepts of applying the Passive House Design standard to large, multi-story buildings, including material selection. 


Learn the difference between prescriptive and performance-based design standards, and specifically how the Passive House performance-based standard allows the design team flexibility during the architectural process to respond to various program requirements, client expectations, and construction budgets. 


Review the challenges and lessons learned from The House at Cornell Tech, and participants will learn how these were applied to the design and construction for Sendero Verde, Winthrop Center, and the University of Toronto Scarborough. The lessons will focus on the exterior envelope design, interior air quality and occupant comfort, HVAC systems, and how total energy demand is lowered in large buildings (>200,000 SF). 


Learn some of the challenges presented by designing extremely energy-efficient buildings. They will then discover some innovative stone wool solutions that can be applied to solve these design challenges. 

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