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Tour of Morningside Crossings: Passive House in a Large-Scale Retrofit

May 9, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Earn 1.5 LU/HSW Hours

Join Phil Ford, Sota Construction Services; Laura Nettleton, AIA, Thoughtful Balance; and Jim Bischoff, AIA, NK Architects for a Tour as a follow up to the Build Pittsburgh Course. Open to all. Space is limited, reserve your spot today.

This is a construction site, please dress accordingly. (Approximately 10 hardhats will be available on-site.)

Meeting Place: Please meet at the construction trailer on Jancey Street in front of the project by 4:30 p.m.. The cross street is Greenwood Street.

Tour Description:

This tour of Morningside Crossings, a project that has been born from the needs and interests of the neighborhood and one that pushes the envelope for sustainability in a LIHTC project looking at the issues across a broad spectrum including wellness, integration into the community, innovative storm-water management, air quality monitoring, and energy efficiency. Morningside Crossings is a 46-unit affordable senior housing project that is the adaptive reuse of the school as well as a new addition that is located over on-site parking. A Neighborhood Community Center will be located on the commercial end of the site in an addition from the 1940’s and includes a plaza that will be used by the Center, the residents of the building, and the neighbors as well.

Morningside Crossings is the second large-scale multi-family retrofit on the country built to Passive House standards and it is a unique demonstration of three approaches to Passive House detailing and construction. The project utilizes three different wall sections in the Community Center, the new construction addition, and the retrofit of the existing school. It also will capture 100% of its storm-water on site and monitor the indoor air-quality in contrast to the outdoor air.

The tour will begin with a five-minute refresher of the Build Pittsburgh 2018 course and include discussion on construction detailing in three different wall sections, the challenges of blower-door testing and the construction schedule, a discussion of the influence of Passive House on the budget, Passive House and it’s affect on indoor air-quality, in addition to some of the particular challenges of the project.

An intermediate to advanced level of information will be discussed; therefore, a preliminary understanding of Passive House is advised.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain Passive House in a retrofit from the 1890s and recognize the challenges during construction from the view of the contractor and the architectural team
  2. Recognize the financial costs of Passive House
  3. Identify the performance targets for meeting Passive House
  4. Understand the construction detailing required in order to achieve Passive House standard in a retrofit


$10 Build Pittsburgh Attendees
$20 General Tour Pass

Register today.

Questions: Contact info@aiapgh.org.


May 9, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Morningside Crossings
1828 Swan Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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