Finch Cambridge: Truly Affordable Passive House

Event Date: 

Thursday, May 28, 2020


2pm-3pm Eastern Time




CEU Information: 

Note: Because of accrediting organizations' rules, CEUs were available for attending the live event, but not for viewing the recording.
AIA 1.0 LU/HSW; MA CSL 1.0 hours, Energy; PHIUS 1.0 CPHC CEU



Finch Cambridge is the largest new construction affordable housing development in the City of Cambridge, MA in 40 years. As a Passive House project with a 105 kW PV array on the roof, it will also be one of the most operationally energy efficient buildings in Massachusetts. Currently in the final months of construction, this project has many important lessons to teach teams interested in Passive House certification. This webinar will focus on challenges, approaches tried, and how our extensive team of designers, builders and consultants worked together to execute. We will share details that are affected by sequence and how we worked collaboratively to ensure they could be implemented; strategies for dialogue with the GC and appropriate trades on site intended to ensure appropriate awareness of goals, sequence and constructability; and our approach to testing and performance data received at various stages of the project.

Learning Objectives
- Convey Passive House principles in practice and describe how they make good building science sense, and educate and onboard a new team in order to achieve the craft we need in the field to execute a Passive House building
- Demonstrate techniques to create an airtight envelope and minimize thermal bridging
- Analyze strategies and common recommendations in Passive House feasibility studies, and discuss big ticket items that if considered early put a project on a path to Passive House certification
- Appraise design iterations of energy modeling in multi-family projects with an eye towards energy efficiency and Passive House certification

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