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Passive House Tour with the Emerging Professionals

August 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Join the GBA’s Emerging Professionals for a tour of the Passive House in Squirrel Hill!


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On August 15th at 5:30, the GBA Emerging Professionals will host a tour of the completed Passive House owned by Lucyna de Barbaro and Ayres Freitas.  Lucy and Ayres will share in-depth information about their goals for the project, material selection, passive strategies, and victories and challenges they faced while completing this project.  Lucy and Ayres have given tours of their homes at all levels of construction and completion, and are excited to continue to share their Passive House with others.

A passive building involves extreme energy efficiency (targeting 60-70% energy use reduction) and performance verification that is proven through an air tightness test with rigorous passing standards. This particular home also features a green roof, permeable pavement, rainwater catchment, durable and environmentally-friendly materials, and more


About the Emerging Professionals

Emerging Professionals (EPs) are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement.  GBA’s EP committee enables like-minded sustainability professionals to be a force for progress within their communities by providing a forum for networking and education. Click here to learn more about the EP’s and become a GBA EP Member here!



5:30 – 7:00 – Rotating tours and Q&A with Lucyna and Ayres.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the requirements of the Passive House (PHIUS+) standard
  • Learn about challenges and successes in this particular Passive House project
  • Explore techniques used to achieve an air-tight envelope
  • Gain insights into material use, mechanical system components, and sustainability goals of this project


This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and for 1.5 AIA LU/HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


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August 15, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Nancy Jones


GBA Member
GBA Non-Member
Individual Membership + Event Fee (member rate)


Squirrel Hill Passive House
2883 Fernwald Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 United States
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