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Session 301

October 31, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Connecticut Room (Lobby Level)

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Stealth Passive House: Boring, Invisible + Everywhere

Jesse Thompson


Kaplan Thompson Architects- Portland, Maine

Session Description 

Early stage high-profile Passive House projects often launch with carefully integrated project teams, lots of fan fare, and extensive lists of (expensive) consultants. That’s all good for the first pilot projects, but how do the rest of us bring these concepts to mainstream multifamily construction projects when we are not allowed all these special resources? We will lay out the path we have followed on multi-family projects where Passive House was either frowned upon or actively off the table.

What are the most critical elements of Passive House for a team to focus on when making cost and value judgements in project meetings? What is the proper balance of improved fresh air ventilation, air tightness and insulation?

Presentation Categories:  High Performance Buildings

Presentation Level: Intermediate

About Jesse Thompson:

Jesse Thompson is an award-winning architect who has become a national leader in green building design. A partner at Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, he is a President of Maine AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional. He grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, received his BArch from the University of Oregon, and now lives with his family in the Deering Center neighborhood of Portland.