Targeting Passive House-Level Performance in New and Existing Buildings

Date: May 22, 2019 5:30pm
Location: Atlantic Wharf
Speaker(s): Cheryl Saldanha Daniel Piselli John Schuyler
sgh boston

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Atlantic Wharf (in the Fort Point Room) 
290 Congress Street 
Boston, MA 02210

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

aia creditParticipants 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 building and infrastructure typologies. He recently served as Project Architect for the Statue of Liberty Museum, which opens in May 2019. 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 projects, many of which pursue LEED or other sustainability certifications. Dan is an active proponent of Passive House, with a focus on practical enclosure strategies for educational, multi-family, and commercial buildings.


john schuyler fxcollaborative

John Schuyler, AIA, LEED AP | Partner | FXCollaborative
As partner, John Schuyler leads and manages several of the firm’s large-scale projects with a focus on integrating sustainable design within the vision for each project, building, or master plan. John believes that a city’s evolution must consistently support and nurture a growing community from an economic, environmental, and urban perspective. He has more than thirty-five years of national and international experience working as a practitioner and educator in the design and management of multiple building types, including transportation, commercial, residential, educational, and research facilities. A member of the American Institute of Architects, John is a frequent teacher and lecturer and has been featured in numerous publications. 


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