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44CE - Managing Cost and Performance in Construction

25 May 2018 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

6.0 ConEd Learning Hours

For many teams, it is an almost impossible challenge to simultaneously deliver high-performance, cost-efficient buildings while maintaining high customer satisfaction and profitability. It is not uncommon for high-performance commercial buildings to cost 10 to 20 per cent more to build than conventional buildings. Adam Cohen of Passiv Science has been designing and building commercial buildings at costs comparable to typical new construction and is achieving Passive Building level results. 

This class will discuss the basics of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Passive Building design principles, lean construction, work flows specific to IPD, building information modelling (BIM) integration and in-depth instruction in the design/estimating integration needed for a successful project. Specific tools and methods will be taught that cover the design/cost evolution process from initial cost validation to design/cost advancement through real-time cost management during construction.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the similarities and differences between Standard Project Delivery (SPD) and IPD.
  2. Understand how and why cost-neutral high-performance design (versus standard code performance) is achievable with IPD.
  3. Understand the specific similarities and differences between SPD and IPD decision making.


Adam Cohen, Reg. Arch., New Zealand, US (VA, MD, CO, VT, NH, NCARB), CPHC, LEED AP

As an active builder, architect and green building expert, Adam Cohen is a leading North American Passivhaus practitioner whose innovative work on market-rate delivery of commercial high-performance building has made his expertise sought-after for projects across North America. As a recognized national leader in the Passivhaus movement, he 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.

He served as vice-chair of the Passive House Institute US technical committee for five years and is co-creator and teacher of its builder training curriculum. Adam is a current board member of Yestermorrow Design/Build School and Passive Buildings Canada. His notable projects have included the first North American Passivhaus-certified public school, university student center and religious assembly buildings, as well as the world’s first Passivhaus dental clinics and commercial kitchens.

This session is sponsored by Parsons Precast Inc.