TM03 - Net Positive Revolution

Monday, November 6 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk (Lobby) « Back

Abstract Text:

The New England revolutionary spirit lives on in four projects that are challenging our understanding of sustainability. This tour will explore LEED-certified, net positive and passive house buildings that clearly show revolution is afoot again in Massachusetts! The tour visits include: an office in Newton MA, with a passive and net positive design that confronts the challenge of retrofitting an existing building to meet Passive House standards; a passive house in Wayland MA which can be heated and cooled by the equivalent of a single burner on a stove; a net positive farmhouse in Lincoln, MA; and Walden Pond Visitors Center, a net zero energy building that also demonstrates what can be achieved with locally sourced materials and integrating a building into its landscape. Process and detail strategies will be shared by both design professionals and contractors responsible for these projects. Tour restrictions: Limited handicap accessibility at Lincoln Farmhouse site.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to discuss the philosophy and design attributes of the Passive House certification system.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to explain the building site design, envelope, MEP and renewable energy systems that contribute to net zero building design.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to define how the use of wood as a sustainably-sourced and local material, can enhance a projects sustainability, be used as a structural element and connect the design to the landscape.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to describe how the the combination of natural, locally and sustainably sourced materials, energy efficiency designs and technologies, and visual design principles can be combined to create a low impact, highly sustainable, aesthetically pleasing public space

Learning Level:

Level 200 - Understanding/Comprehension


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Event Type: Tour > Session