Active Conversations for Passive House Design Success

Active Conversations for Passive House Design Success

Originally presented January 8, 2021 – by popular demand, we are presenting the topic again.

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 airtightness 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 design can enhance overall performance for a range of building types, from high-rise structures to single-family homes, but requires coordinated design, construction, and verification testing. In this webinar, we will introduce the Passive House certification process, explore Passive House design principles, and discuss how to overcome some of the obstacles to adopting this approach on future projects.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the core principles of Passive House design.
  • Understand the overall Passive House design and construction process.
  • Understand required field testing and inspections.
  • Recognize how to respond to project stakeholders’ concerns with Passive House approaches.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Cheryl  Saldanha
Cheryl Saldanha | Senior Project Manger

Cheryl Saldanha leads SGH’s Building Science and Passive House practices and specializes in designing and evaluating building enclosures for new construction projects and existing building enclosure renovations. Her experience includes rainscreen facade, curtain wall, roofing, and waterproofing systems on a range of building types. Cheryl is adept at using multiple computer software packages to simulate building systems and details for thermal, condensation, and whole-building energy and daylighting analysis. Cheryl co-chairs the New York City Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and is a member of the NYC Commercial Energy Code Technical Advisory Committee.