Housing + Homes
With few exceptions, newly constructed multifamily housing in the US is subject to stringent accessible design and construction requirements. What happens when these heavily regulated buildings rise to the challenge of Passive House design? In this session, we will thoroughly investigate the intersection of Accessible and Passive House design for multifamily buildings. We will explore how façade and assembly adjustments or interior layout changes late in the construction documents phase impact both accessibility compliance and Passive House certification. We will discuss design and operational items that must be considered to reduced energy use and at the same time ensure compliance with accessibility requirements. Finally, we will take a deep dive into thresholds and windows; two critical fenestration features that impact accessibility compliance and Passive House design.