Multifamily & Affordable Housing

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Building Affordable Multifamily Housing to the Passive House Standard

Tuesday, April 24
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 411 & 412 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

There has been a tremendous shift in both awareness and adoption of Passive House principles within the development community, especially within the multifamily affordable housing sector. Scaling up Passive House design and construction from single-family homes to multifamily buildings however, comes with its own unique set of requirements and challenges. This session will highlight projects by AEA and Onion Flats. It will provide an in-depth overview of enclosure and mechanical system design considerations, quality control testing methodology, and a variety of lessons learned from the in-progress construction of the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee’s (HANAC) Corona Senior Housing development, a 68-unit 8-story affordable housing project located in Corona, Queens NY. A project where Passive House addresses the affordability and comfort needs of low-income seniors, while providing the healthy indoor environment needed to support early childhood development for the children attending the ground floor daycare center.

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Adam Romano

Director of Training Operations
Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.

Adam Romano is Director of Training at the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. and manages the day-to-day operations of AEA’s Energy Management Training Center. Adam manages relationships with various respected energy efficiency training groups, and leads a team of enthusiastic trainers who are committed to educating energy efficiency professionals across the country. Adam has developed training curriculum and conducted classroom, field, and interactive distance learning trainings in New York and nationwide for building operators, property managers, installation contractors, energy audit professionals, and program managers.


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Timothy McDonald

Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture
Temple University

Timothy McDonald is an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at Temple University, a Registered Architect, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant and President of Onion Flats LLC, an award winning development/design/build collective centered in Philadelphia. He has been teaching and practicing for over 20 years. Through his research and practice, Tim, along with his partners at Onion Flats, has developed, designed and built some of the first LEED Gold and Platinum projects in the country and the First Certified Passive House, Net-Zero-Energy-Capable project in Pennsylvania. In 2013 Tim brought that experience full-time to the Architecture Research Center.


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