Passive House Coastal Campus Pro Tour

Event Date: 

Friday, August 5, 2022




Orr's Island, ME 04066

CEU Information: 

Approved for AIA (4 LU) and Phius (4 credits)


$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

This Pro Tour explored the Schiller Coastal Studies Center, a scientific village that is the new home for Bowdoin’s Marine Science program. Situated on Orr’s Island, approximately 12 miles from Bowdoin’s main campus, the Center serves as a facility for retreats, dialogue, and collaboration among local and national leaders working to address critical issues of coastal and climate concern. In keeping with the small scale of a Maine camp, the new facilities are compact and sensitively sited within the island’s wooded landscape.

The Schiller Coastal Studies Center includes a 4,200 square-foot dry lab connected with an existing marine laboratory, with teaching, research, and preparation and support spaces. The 5,373 square-foot Living and Learning building consists of classrooms, conference space, and dining for students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The residential component consists of three 1,800-square-foot six-bedroom cabins, and a 950-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment cabin for visiting faculty and their families.

The Living and Learning Center is Passive House (PHIUS+) 2018 Certified. Envelope and systems were deliberately researched, modeled, and commissioned to ensure outstanding energy performance. While certification was not pursued for the other buildings, all are designed to the same rigorous envelope specifications. These buildings represent the perfect confluence of a unique academic need, a generous, sustainability-minded donor, and a beautiful natural wooded setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

During the tour, the interdisciplinary speaker team discussed the project goals, design process, construction and materials, and mechanical systems.


Note: Attendees of this Pro Tour are required to wear masks except when eating or drinking. In accordance with the hosting school's requirements, vaccination against COVID is required, including a booster if you are eligible. Rapid testing is recommended for all.




Doors open, registration, networking and coffee


Welcome by NESEA and series sponsors.


Presentation from hosts, featuring detailed information about project


Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations to hear from project experts

4:30 Q&A Panel with members of project team


Event concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at or 413-774-6051 x10.

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