Deborah Moelis on Guiding a University to PH at the Passive House Happy Hour (Jan 27)

January 22, 2021


The Global Passive House Happy Hour is held Wednesdays at 4 pm (Pacific), 7 pm (Eastern), midnight (British), and 11 am (Thursdays, Australian Eastern). Join us 30 minutes early for pre-show networking and stick around following the main event for our After Hour!

At next week’s Global Passive House Happy Hour Deborah Moelis, principal and founding member of Handel Architects, will join us for her first appearance at the Happy Hour. Deborah and Handel Architects have designed many of North America’s largest Passive House buildings, including Cornell Tech Tower, Winthrop Square, and Sendero Verde — which will be the largest fully affordable Passive House building once complete.

Currently, Deborah is overseeing the design and construction of the University of Toronto Scarborough dormitory. We heard about the technical details of this project from Marine Sanchez of RDH a few months ago, but Deborah’s focus will be different. She’ll start with the key architectural moves she and her team made on the project, and then will discuss the process of persuading the university to pursue Passive House performance for what has become a trailblazing project. What role can architects and consultants play as advocates, instructors, and cheerleaders of rigorous building performance?

Join us on Wednesday, January 27 to hear Deborah’s take.

About Our Global Passive House Happy Hours

Fast. Factual. Fun. These open, FREE gatherings are a (virtual) place for the global Passive House community—and anyone interested in low-carbon building design—to come together, hear from the world’s top practitioners, and meet one another. They’re fast-paced, high-energy, and habit-forming. They are also open to all, regardless of geography, profession, experience level, or favorite certification type. Come drink in some Passive House knowledge and camaraderie.


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