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High & Wide: From Passive Skyscrapers to All-Passive City Districts

March 1, 2015

Presented by AIA Portland & COTE
Provided by Passive House Northwest & NAPHN

Wednesday, March 25th
AIA Portland
12pm – 2pm
2 CEH/HSW

AIA Member $20
non-member $40
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Course Description:
Europeans are far beyond the “house” in passive house development. They are redeveloping entire city districts with passive buildings. Travel with us to the Bahnstadt district in Heidelberg completed in 2015 with $2.6B US in new passive house apartments (5,000 dwelling units) and commercial buildings (7,000 work spaces). And see the Eurogate district in Vienna, another district where every building meets the Passive House Standard, the world’s most rigorous energy-efficiency standard. And Brussels, Belgium, where every new building constructed or substantially remodeled since January 1, 2015 must meet the Passive House Standard. In addition to entire city districts built to the Passive House Standard, see 10- and 20-story skyscrapers that meet the Standard, and learn how their energy intensity is a fraction of comparable US buildings.

Learning Objectives:

1. Definition of the Passive House Standard, understanding the energy measurement metrics, and comparison with US building energy metrics.
2. Scale of development meeting the Passive House Standard: multifamily, office, institutional, and skyscrapers. Design developments to meet the Standard.
3. Financial incentives and government policy supporting development to the Standard. Evolutionary process of predictably increasing code energy-efficiency requirements in Brussels.
4. Comparison of the energy intensity per unit of area of usable space in these buildings compared to similar buildings in the US.

Speaker Bio:
Günter Lang, an Austrian Passive House researcher and leading expert on large-scale Passive House developments, will present these developments and explain why developers, building owners/investors, and government officials decided these skyscrapers, districts, and cities must meet the Passive House Standard.