• Passive Building - A New Standard for Energy Efficiency

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    Name: Passive Building - A New Standard for Energy Efficiency
    Date: October 10, 2019
    Time: 7:30 AM - 9:45 AM EDT
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    Winthrop Center - slated to be the first commercial building in Boston with Passive House certification
    Event Description:

    What is a Passive Building and what is the Passive House Building Standard? Why are more developers demanding it and more cities requiring it? Near net-zero energy use is driving future skyscrapers and higher-ed institutions to seek certification in the new standards and go beyond current LEED standards.
    We present an interactive discussion which spotlights Winthrop Center, the largest Passive House office building in the world, a newly-completed Passive House dorm at Wheaton College built by Commodore Builders, and info from WSP on their design and execution of passive design strategies across the country.

    Panel -
    Kathleen MacNeil, Principal, MP Boston
    Jacob Higginbottom, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Higher Education, SGA
    Joëlle Jahn, NCIDQ, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Building Performance Consultant, WSP
    Rob Blanchard, LEED AP BD+C, Project Executive, Commodore Builders
    Moderated by -
    Anastasia Barnes, Publisher, High-Profile Monthly

    Photo of Kathleen MacNeilKathleen MacNeil is currently a principal at MP Boston, the local office of Millennium Partners. Kathy's work primarily as real estate development manager has included several complex urban projects in Boston. Most recently, the redevelopment of the Filene's department store into a 1.4 million square foot mixed use, office, retail and luxury condominium tower rebranded, Millennium Tower/ Burnham Building.  She is currently at work on Winthrop Center, another mixed-use high rise located in the heart of the financial district. Upon completion it will be the largest Passive House office building in the world. Winthrop Center is pushing the outer limits of how a commercial building can not only serve its inhabitants, but also a higher purpose and a greater good.

    Kathy is a LEED Accredited Professional. She has her Massachusetts Construction Supervisor's License. She received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT Center for Real Estate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Architectural Engineering. She serves as President of the Board of Directors for Historic Boston, Inc. a local preservation organization and serves as a Corporator for Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of the BSA 2016 Women in Design, Award of Excellence.

    Photo of Jacob HigginbottomJacob Higginbottom, AIA, LEED AP is the Director of Higher Education at SGA, a Boston-New York City based architecture, interior design, planning, Virtual Design and Construction, and branded environments practice founded in 1991. Winner of Fast Company "Most Innovative Companies" award for architecture, SGA embodies tech-forward design that redefines how projects are visualized and delivered. With deep expertise in designing academic architecture, SGA and Jacob have worked on a range of higher education facilities such as student residences, classroom facilities, faculty and administrative spaces, broadcast, student health and wellness and lifestyle centers. Recent projects include a new three-story, state of the art communications building as well as a center for the Performing Arts for Sacred Heart University; graduate student housing for Brown University; a campus center for Wentworth Institute of Technology; the new health and wellness facility on the Smith College campus; and a historic renovation at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education. SGA has also become a leader in Passive House structures including the first two residence halls of this nature in Massachusetts at Wheaton College and Williams College.
    Photo of Joelle JahnJoëlle Jahn is a Building Performance Specialist and Passive House Expert with WSP's Built Ecology group. Currently, her unique position at WSP interfaces with architects, developers, city officials, and fellow engineers to deliver high performance buildings that respond to government and corporate mandates for climate action. Together with her team, Joëlle leverages parametric building analysis to develop integrated passive design solutions that respond to climatic, site, and programmatic conditions. She leads her team's Zero Carbon Building Analysis and the PHIUS certification process.  
    Joëlle holds a Masters of Design Studies in Energy and Environments from Harvard's Graduate School of Design where her research in parametric analysis and climate responsive design began. She received her Bachelors in Environmental Design and Analysis and Minor in Architecture from Cornell University. Joëlle is a published author for the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) in which her design research seeks to influence passive strategies for climate responsive emergency shelter design around the world. She is a certified Interior Designer (NCIDQ), PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant, LEED Accredited Professional, and WELL Accredited Professional.

    Photo of Rob BlanchardRob Blanchard, Project Executive at Commodore Builders, has over 20 years of construction management experience, Rob has completed many complex and unique projects. He has built new bar and lounge concepts at Major League Baseball parks across the country, landmark historic preservation projects, and academic institutions projects. Rob is the only Project Executive in Massachusetts that has the distinct honor of building two of the first Passive House projects in Massachusetts and New England. He built the first Passive House multi-unit residence in New England. In August, Rob completed the first Passive House college residence hall at Wheaton College.

    Photo of Anastasia BarnesAnastasia Barnes is the publisher at High-Profile Monthly, a three-generation family-owned publication and media outlet focused on architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) news in New England. Anastasia has been with High-Profile for 19+ years and, as publisher, created HP Vision: a special edition featuring people and companies that are leading the evolution of the AEC industry. New in 2019, Anastasia is also the producer and host of High-Profile’s Build Better podcast featuring interviews with thought leaders and visionaries in the AEC industry. In 2013, she created FastFacts Friday, High-Profile’s popular weekly newsletter featuring the latest headlines and contributor articles from around New England. She also oversaw the creation of the company’s annual Green supplement. Anastasia has also spent 20 years as a professional stage, film, and television actor.  She has appeared in series episodes for Showtime, CBS, TNT, Disney’s Family Channel, and most recently, Apple’s new streaming network, to name just a few.  Anastasia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Theatre from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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    Revere Hotel Boston Common
    200 Stuart Street
    Boston, MA 02116
    Liberty Hall, Street Level
    Date/Time Information:
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    7:30am - 9:45am
    Networking, Breakfast, Program


    $95 Members
    $130 Non-members

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