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August In-Depth: Passive House II
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Join us for another great discussion on Passive House! Learn more about this rigorous standard for residential buildings which require homes to be energy efficient enough to need very little energy to heat or cool. Speakers will be Morgan Law and Rois Langner from the Paper Airplane Company. Approved for 1 BPI and 2 AIA LU|HSW CEUs.

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
5:00 PM
Where: Boulder Beer Brewery & Pub
2880 Wilderness Place
Boulder, Colorado  80301
United States
Presenter: Morgan Law and Rois Langner
Contact: Kay Nettles

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The Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard is a metric based, rigorous green building standard that is prolific in Europe with both residential and commercial buildings and is gaining momentum in the U.S. It promises a 90% reduction in heat energy if implemented correctly. It has been shown to be an effective way of fighting climate change and reducing our carbon footprint. Colorado has the perfect climate for the standard, so why are there only a few projects in the region?


Morgan Law, an architect in Golden, has spent the last five years designing and certifying Passive House projects, largely on the east coast. He will provide an intro to the standard, the evolution, and some sample case studies, both residential and commercial. Rois Langner, an Architectural Engineer at NREL, will offer an in-depth case study of designing and building an 800 SF passive house in Golden, CO with her husband, Travis Scheefer, principal at TightBuild, LLC.


Rois Langner is an architectural engineer and building scientist in the Commercial Buildings Research Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in Golden, Colorado. Rois has worked at NREL since 2010 on various research projects focused on energy efficiency in commercial buildings, utilizing OpenStudio software to analyze and optimize building design and performance. She has worked with military and large commercial buildings, and with organizations to develop, implement, and maintain energy management policies and systems for continual energy improvement. More recently, she has supported the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance leading the Plug and Process Load technical solutions team, and also leads efforts to support the small commercial building sector in overcoming barriers that inhibit the adoption of energy efficiency solutions.    


Morgan worked for four years at Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland, Maine, a firm specializing in low-energy, high comfort buildings. He has been a project manager for a wide variety of projects including single-family, multi-family, live/work, low-income, and commercial. Morgan has worked on several AIA award winning projects, including the LEED home of the year 2014. As a Passive House Consultant, he has done extensive energy modeling and consulting. He has certified both single family and multi-family projects including one of the largest PHIUS certified projects in the country, the Uptown Lofts in Pittsburgh, PA. Morgan was also the lead designer on the winning entry for Enterprise's Lowering the Cost of Housing Competition. The winning entry, a 45-unit pre-certified low-income housing development in Portland Maine, is currently under construction. Morgan is founding partner at Paper Airplane, an inter-disciplinary design firm that specializes in high performance design and custom fabrication and has his own practice, SHAPE Architecture.


Happy Hour lasts until 6:30 and includes $4 regular pints or $15 pitchers.


Cost: $5 for CGBG Members, $15 for Non-members.

Approved for 1 BPI and 2 AIA LU|HSW CEUs.




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