Can You Build Affordable Passive Houses? The Importance of the New Gravity Conference


“This chart, from PA Housing Finance Agency, shows that the Passive House and code-built projects were both built within the budgets proposed and that the Passive House budgets were negligibly different than that code-built projects.” Tim McDonald of Onion Flats.

If you ever wanted to know more about actual Passive House Certified affordable projects, you really shouldn’t miss the New Gravity Conference.

The conference will include actual projects and real lessons learned — from performance, to cost structure, and feedback from occupants. Learn directly from those who are completing successful Affordable Passive House and High Performance affordable projects. Be a part of the conversation — lend your thoughts and ideas in the many interesting conversations that occur between sessions.

You can read a lot more about the conference by pressing here, but here are a few key items from their page —

The concept of the New Gravity Housing Conference was realized by Tim McDonald of Onion Flats (who initiated the above proposal) and David Salamon of Re:Vision Architecture, together with Green Building United.

The goal was, and is, to bring affordable housing developers, financiers, architects, designers, and other key stakeholders together to discuss how to design and build high-performance, net-zero, passive, multi-family housing, that can be achieved affordably due to PHFA’s revised QAP.

What to expect from this year’s

The third iteration of this important New Gravity Conference will continue the discussion of plans and projects happening across North America and beyond. By looking at the larger picture of why these topics are relevant, and reviewing project data for lessons learned, we are growing our collective ability to build with efficiency and equity in mind.

The reality of climate change will fundamentally alter the way buildings are designed, built, and operated in the coming decades.

Worth 7 AIA LU-HSWs and 7 CPHC CEUs (GBCI pending)

Thu, 8/1/2019 — Fri, 8/2/2019 — 8:00am — 12:00pm

Temple University, Science Education and Research Center, 1925 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122


Members: $100

Non-Members: $200

Government/Non-Profit: $125 (government or non-profit email required during registration)

Note that $100 Chapter Membership covers the difference between the non-member and member rates!

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