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Lessons Learned from Three Multifamily Passive Buildings

January 9, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Price Varies
Lessons Learned from Three Multifamily Passive Buildings

Katrin Klingenberg

The number of passive buildings and houses meeting the stringent PHIUS+2015 Passive Building Standards has increased exponentially over the past two years: first single family residential projects were built, then multifamily projects and now the trend is moving towards commercial structures. Many municipalities such as NYC have already incentives in place for residential passive buildings or are evaluating to implement incentives as a solution to meeting their climate action plans. This presentation takes a look at three completed case studies of low and midrise multifamily projects across the country that were constructed at 0-5% additional cost over an EnergyStar baseline. Successful construction techniques and lessons learned will be discussed.

Katrin Klingenberg is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). In 2003, Ms. Klingenberg designed and completed the first home to meet passive house standards in the United States. She has designed and consulted on numerous successful passive house and building projects across North America’s varied climate zones since. In addition to her executive role at PHIUS she is the lead instructor for PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training. In that role she directs curriculum development. She also directs the technical and research programs of PHIUS, and is a licensed architect in Germany. She frequently presents on the passive building topic nationally and internationally.

Lunch is included for the first fifty attendees.

Free to members.  Membership information below.  Click here to join >>

Corporate: $150.00 per year (allows unlimited attendees)
Individual: $50.00 per year (about $5.00 per lunch seminar)
Student: $25.00 per year


About the Portland Building Enclosure Council
The Portland BEC (Building Enclosure Council) was formed in December 2005 as a committee of the Portland Chapter of the AIA. It is a part of a national network of BECs established by an agreement in May 2004 between the AIA and BETEC, the Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).

In 2011 the Portland BEC became an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization supported by its individual, corporate, and student members. The Portland BEC is run by an elected group of officers and a board of directors.

The purpose of the organization is to promote and encourage discussion, training, education, technology transfer, the exchange of information about local issues and cases, relevant weather conditions and all matters concerning building enclosures and the related science.

The organization is charged with providing a forum for the construction industry in the crucial area of building enclosures.

The Portland BEC meets at noon on the first Tuesday of scheduled months at the Mercy Corps Building. The meeting lasts 1 1/2 hours and is structured around a presentation on issues relevant to the building enclosure. Anyone with an interest in improving the quality of the built building enclosure is welcome to attend.


Cover image courtesy Passive House Institute & Alliance U.S. via flickr.


January 9
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Price Varies
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Aceh Community Room at Mercy Corps
45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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