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PASSIVE HOUSE IN ACTION: Squirrel Hill Passive House Tour

March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

$5.00 – $10.00
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Passive House: An Inside Look

Passive House optimizes light, air, and thermal energy of a building, reducing energy use by as much as 75%. Careful planning and execution is required to meet rigorous energy and performance standards, but pays off with unparalleled comfort and very low energy consumption. GBA and Passive House Western PA invite you to tour an example right here in Pittsburgh!

Lucy de Barbaro and Ayres Freitas, the owners of the Squirrel Hill Passive House, will open their home to share their goals for the project, material selection, passive strategies, victories, and challenges. They will also present details on energy performance of their home based on 2 years of data. Average monthly use of electricity, including cooling and heating averaged over 2 years was 394 kWh/month. The house met its Passive House design characteristics and surpassed predictions from HERS/Resnet modeling (37.9 MBTu/year) by 55%.

Experts from Passive House Western PA will share their knowledge in the comfort of this Passive House and will provide in-depth answers to technical questions. GBA will provide drinks and appetizers as we tour the house, along with other green features including the green roof, permeable pavement, and a rainwater catchment system.



4:30 – 4:40 – Arrival, welcome from GBA and Introductions

4:40 – 4:50 – Passive House insights from a PHWPA representative

4:50 – 5:00 – Comments from Lucy de Barbaro and basic details about the home

5:00 – 6:00 – Rotating tours of the home and drinks, networking, appetizers


Learning Objectives:

  •  Understand the requirements of the Passive House (PHIUS+) standard
  •  Learn about the ongoing energy performance of a local Passive House example
  •  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 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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March 22
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
$5.00 – $10.00
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Kara Magoolaghan


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