Passivhaus, LEED, and the City of Boston

A Green Housing Symposium

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Cascieri Hall, Boston Architectural College

320 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

This timely gathering aims to answer one simple question: Within Boston’s urban reality, what indicates a successful green home design and how is it best achieved? Framed with a keynote presentation by Wolfgang Feist and Katrin Klingenberg, and explored in snapshot presentations of local exemplars, the answer will ultimately be found in a panel discussion that examines the real-world relationship between Passivhaus, LEED, and the City of Boston.

Hosted by the Boston Architectural College, this event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.


12:30 pm   Passive House Consultant Meetup (Special Pre-symposium Event)

New England Passive House Consultants meet with Wolfgang Feist and Katrin Klingenberg to discuss the future of the Passive House certification system and its North American scene in particular.

1:30 pm  General arrival, sign-in.

1:50 pm   Introduction: The shift from talking green to walking green.

Declan Keefe, Placetailor inc.

2:00 pm  Keynote Presentation: The concept, experience, and dissemination of Passivhaus.

Wolfgang Feist, Passivhaus Institut.

Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Institute US.

3:00 pm  Break (light refreshments served)

3:15 pm  Project Snapshots: Ordinary buildings doing extraordinary things.

John Dalzell: “Unveiling Boston’s Energy Plus housing program”.

Stephanie Horowitz: “A tale of two Passive Houses”.

Ken Ward: “The great promise and many challenges of the JP Green House retrofit.”

Brian Butler: “Double dipping: Deep energy duplex retrofit in Brighton”.

Fred Gordon: “Efficiencies of scale: Live/work Passive House dwellings in Southie”.

Simon Hare: “Powahouse: Breaking through Roxbury’s glass ceilings”.

4:00 pm  Panel Discussion: Now that green’s mainstream, what’s next?

Moderator: Jeff Stein

Panelists: Wolfgang Feist, Katrin Klingenberg, John Dalzell.

5:00 pm   End.


Brian Butler. Owner of Boston Green Builders.

John Dalzell. Senior Architect and “Green Czar” at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

Wolfgang Feist. Co-originator of the Passivhaus concept, and founder of the "Passivhaus Institut".

Fred Gordon. Principal of Second Street Associates LLC.

Simon Hare. Strategic Director and owner of Placetailor Inc., LEED AP.

Stephanie Horowitz. Managing Director of Zero Energy Design; AIA, NCARB, CPHC.

Declan Keefe. Project Manager at Placetailor Inc.; CPHC, LEED AP.

Katrin Klingenberg. Executive Director and founder of Passive House Institute US.

Jeff Stein. Dean of Architecture at the Boston Architectural College.

Ken Ward. Co-owner of JP Green House, environmental blogger, and climate change activist.

Hosted by the Boston Architectural College, this event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.