Targeting Passive House-Level Performance in New and Existing Buildings

Date: March 26, 2019 5:30pm
Location: SGH New York
Speaker(s): Cheryl Saldanha Daniel Piselli Peter Pesce
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
550 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited.



Passive House continues to gain popularity as designers seek to improve performance, reduce carbon emissions, and optimize end-user comfort. The design concept uses solutions like stringent air tightness and minimized thermal bridging to create buildings that consume very little energy – allowing architects to program more usable areas and owners to market spaces that are more comfortable. Passive House building principles can enhance overall performance – whether for new or existing buildings, high-rise structures, or single-family homes – but require coordinated design, construction, and verification testing. In this presentation, we will explore Passive House design principles from architectural and engineering perspectives, discuss recent research efforts, and explore local case studies. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the core principles of Passive House design. 
  • Understand how Passive House buildings differ from traditional design in energy performance and end-user comfort. 
  • Discuss how architects and engineers approach Passive House design projects. 
  • Recognize exterior enclosure strategies that can help a building achieve the Passive House standard.


cheryl saldanha

Cheryl M. Saldanha, P.E., CPHD | Senior Staff II – Building Technology | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 
Cheryl Saldanha specializes in the design and evaluation of building enclosures. She also works on projects involving investigations and renovations to building enclosure systems. Her background is in building science, including computer simulations of buildings and building components. She is adept at using multiple computer software packages to perform thermal and hygrothermal analyses of building details, and whole-building energy and daylighting analyses. Cheryl is a Certified Passive House Designer from the Passive House Institute. 


dan piselli

Daniel Piselli, AIA, LEED AP, CPHD | Director of Sustainability | FXCollaborative 
Dan has twenty years of experience as an architect on a wide range of project types. In his current role as FXCollaborative’s Director of Sustainability, he leads the visioning and implementation of environmentally responsible design strategies on all of the firm's wide-ranging projects. Dan is an active proponent of Passive House, with a focus on its application to large buildings through pragmatic construction techniques. In addition to project work, he manages an in-house sustainability workgroup that researches and disseminates information on advancements in sustainable design, and spearheads sustainability training and education for staff and clients.

peter pesce

Peter Pesce AIA, LEED GA | Senior Associate | FXCollaborative
Peter joined FXCollaborative in 2001 and in his 17 years there has led many of the firm’s complex and challenging projects - the Juilliard School and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the LEED Platinum renovation of the Dyson School of Management at Cornell, and the design and construction of 888 Boylston in Boston. He is currently among the firm’s leaders championing the implementation of Passive House and net zero design principles on projects throughout the region.
Peter a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Registered Architect in NY and has served as guest critic at MIT, Columbia, TU Delft and RISD.


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