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Passive House Podcast Ep 21: Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates

Lois Arena is one of North America’s top Passive House practitioners and has worked on many of the continent’s most significant Passive House buildings. In this episode of the Passive House Podcast, Lois joins cohost Zack Semke to discuss her journey to Passive House as well as to offer a teaser for the Global Passive House Happy Hour presentation about VRF lessons learned on January 20.

The conversation takes us from her days as a remodeling contractor, her work as a building engineering researcher and trainer, to her practice of Passive House design on large-scale projects as director of Passive House Services with Steven Winter Associates. She talks about her current work on a historic retrofit of the Pirelli Tire building in Connecticut, a brutalist icon that will become a Passive House hotel. She also touches on her work on the glass high rise Passive House (and LEED Platinum) building in Boston, Winthrop Center. Listen to the full episode to hear about Louis’ Passive House projects and her trailblazing work across North America.

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