Passive House Design for Multifamily Buildings

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Huber Engineered Woods
Presented by Ilana Judah, Laura Nettleton, and Michael Wisniewski

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the concepts and design strategies underpinning the Passive House certification system.
  2. Describe how Passive House design strategies can be adapted to apply to multifamily projects at a variety of scales, from low-rise buildings to tall towers.
  3. Explain how a building that deploys these strategies can provide improved air quality, better acoustical insulation, and energy savings compared with one that depends on more standard construction assemblies and systems.
  4. Discuss the challenges faced by several project teams designing multifamily Passive House renovation and new construction projects for a variety of climates and settings.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This webinar will explore the applicability of Passive House, the ultra-low energy efficiency standard that originated in Germany, to multifamily projects. It will investigate the feasibility of applying its strategies in a variety of settings for both new construction and renovation and at a variety of scales from low-rise buildings to tall towers.

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Ilana Juda

Ilana Judah is principal and director of sustainability at FXCollaborative in New York City. She leads sustainability visioning and strategy implementation on all of the firm’s local and global projects of multiple scales and typologies. An architect with 21 years of experience, Judah believes in the importance of education, research, and public advocacy in improving our environment.

Laura Nettleton

Laura Nettleton is the owner of Thoughtful Balance, a Pittsburgh-based architectural firm that specializes in sustainability and low-energy design. Over her more than 25-year career, she perceptively discerned the developing demand for sustainable, low-energy homes before this important niche of the residential market had so evolved.

Michael Wisniewski

Michael Wisniewski is a principal at Duncan • Wisniewski Architecture (DWA) in Burlington, Vermont. After studying psychology, he became a carpenter and then returned to Cornell University for his Bachelor of Architecture. At least half of DWA’s work is with nonprofit organizations to develop affordable, energy-efficient, multifamily housing, and Michael’s work has garnered several AIA and PHIUS awards. He recently returned from a one-month residency at the Civita Institute in Civita Di Bagnoregio, Italy, and he is obsessed with Homer’s Odyssey and argentine tango.

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Originally published in June 2018