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Hard Hat Passive House Tour

April 22, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am EDT

Join GBA for a hard hat tour of a Passive House under construction!

Squirrel Hill Passive House 1

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Squirrel Hill Passive House 3

Building progress: March 23, 2015


Lucyna de Barbaro, Ph.D., served on the Board of Directors for the Passive House Alliance Western PA Chapter (now PHWPA). She and her husband, Ayres Freitas, Ph.D., are building a duplex in Squirrel Hill to Passive House standards, and they are graciously working with GBA to provide a detailed tour of the first-class, energy-saving building. Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided, and you’ll get to sport one of GBA’s snazzy hard hats during the tour! For more information about the project, check out Lucyna de Barbaro’s Facebook page.

What is a passive building? In short, it involves an extreme energy efficiency (targeting 60-70% energy use reduction) and performance verification that is proven through an air tightness test with rigorous passing standards. For more information, visit the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) information page.

Members of Passive House Western Pennsylvania (PHWPA) may register for reduced price as Members of Partner Organizations.

Please note: one half of the duplex is for sale and listed with Keller Williams Realty!



1. Understand the requirements of the Passive House (PHIUS+) standard

2. Understand the principles of Passive House construction

3. Explore techniques used to achieve an air-tight envelope (air tightness goal of 0.6 air-changes at 50 Pascals)

4. Explain typical mechanical system components for Passive House: Energy Recovery Ventilator and heat pump


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.0 GBCI LEED AP BD&C CEUs and approved for 1.0 AIA HSW credits.

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.


April 22, 2015
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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Brendan Erb


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