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Passive House 101 Lunch and Learn

June 13, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Join GBA, PHWPA, and Nathan St. Germain for a Lunch and Learn featuring an introduction into the Passive House building standard!


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Studio St.Germain will be presenting an Introduction to Passive House Lunch and Learn at GBA on June 13th! Having been a staple in European building design for a number of years, the Passive House standard, which happens to be the strictest international energy standard in the world, is starting to take off in regions all around the US, including Pittsburgh! The fundamental design principles of the Passive House standard include continuous insulation, air tightness, thermal bridge free construction, and thermal comfort through balanced ventilation, heat recovery, and minimal space conditioning systems. The Passive House presentation will include a brief history, design guidelines, economics and paths to PHIUS certification. Don’t miss your chance to learn from an expert in Passive House all while enjoying lunch! Join us!

*This event is great for beginners who are interested in learning about Passive House!


About Studio St. Germain

Studio St.Germain is an award-winning boutique architectural firm specializing in ultra-low energy, high performance design and personalized wraparound architectural services for a full range of commercial and residential applications. Implementing the newest techniques and highest standards in technical building design, they offer a wide range of choices and options for clients who value building performance as much as design. Led by principal Nathan St.Germain, the Studio is located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. More information is available at www.studiostgermain.com.



11:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm – Lunch, followed by the presentation


Learning Objectives

  • Gain insight into the Passive House building standard, including its intent, requirements, history, the players involved, some common misconceptions, and its applications for both residential and commercial buildings.
  • Learn the basics of building science as an essential piece of the Passive House standard.
  • Explore different paths to achieve PHIUS certification.
  • Learn more about how the Passive House building standard is manifested in different regions around the world.


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This event is pending approval for 1.0 GBCI CEUs and is approved for 1.0 AIA LU 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.


About the Speaker

Nathan St. Germain, RA, CPHC, Principal, Studio St. Germain

Prior to establishing Studio St.Germain, Nathan St.Germain was an architect in New York City and Pittsburgh, leading projects of various sizes from conceptual design through construction administration. Originally from Rhode Island, Nathan holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  He is a licensed architect registered in New York, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, as well as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Nathan serves on the Board of Directors for Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) and also serves on the Sewickley Borough Planning Commission. He has been invited to participate in the Residential Expert Buildings Group for the City of Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan and Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Program.


June 13, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


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