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01CE - Delivering Commercial Passivhaus Projects

07 May 2014 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

3 ConEd learning hours

This session is being offered again Thursday, May 8, 8:30 AM –12:00 PM and Friday, May 9, 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Course Outline

The opportunity to create commercial Passivhaus projects in the North America is wide open. Unfortunately, there is little information available to the designer to guide them in the design and implementation of commercial Passivhaus design.  Also, much of what is available is written to European standards which differ in some significant ways from North American design standards.

This presentation will detail the basics of commercial Passivhaus design, the potential challenges that must be overcome and inherent opportunities to create exceptional projects. Recent built examples of the first North American Passivhaus projects will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the basics of Passivhaus means and methods
  2. Describe the differences between residential and commercial Passivhaus
  3. Describe the three categories of Passivhaus buildings and their specific application
  4. Describe potential synergies available to the designer in high performance buildings


Adam Cohen
As an active design/builder and green building expert, Adam Cohen is a leading North American Passivhaus practitioner whose innovative work on commercial high performance building has made his expertise sought-after for projects across North America. He is a principal partner in Structures Design/Build, LLC (, Passiv Structures, LLC ( and Quantum Architects, LLC, ( 

Mr. Cohen is recognized as a national leader in the Passivhaus movement and has presented technical papers at both national and international Passivhaus conferences. His leadership in commercial Passivhaus design has made him a sought after speaker, consultant and teacher of advanced courses in Passivhaus ultra-low energy design.