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TARGET 2030: Thermal Envelopes and Passive Strategies

September 20, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Design for energy reduction. Create next-generation buildings. Curb global warming.

AIA Pittsburgh’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) is pleased to present Target 2030. This program builds off of the AIA+2030 curriculum but is enhanced with vital insights, teachable moments, and lessons learned provided by industry experts. Additionally, this program will include presentations, tours, and sketching by members of the design team to demonstrate problems encountered, explored, and solved through the design and construction process.  We are excited to offer truly fresh and exemplary buildings, and invite you to step into the minds of the design, construction, and owner teams as they recount and demonstrate critical parts of the process, a unique exposure that only the COTE can offer.

Thermal Envelopes and Passive Strategies
Tuesday, September 20
Tour of ACTION-Housing Uptown

Presented by: Jeff Davis, AIA, FortyEighty Architecture and Rob Hosken, AIA, Building Performance Architecture

This pioneering Passive House certified multifamily project will be explained from the perspective of the architect, Passive House Verifier, and building occupants who will discuss the technological approach to the envelope design and overall energy reduction tactics used in the passive design approach.

2076 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15219, First Floor Community Meeting Room


Members: $100 per Session
Nonmembers: $140 per Session

Earn 4 LU/HSW Hours and 4 GBCI Credits!


The building thermal envelope, is the designed interface between the outdoor climate and indoor occupied environment and forms what may be the primary element of Passive Design. This course is built around a case study and tour of Action Housing Uptown Lofts, an important local Passive House certified multi-family project that presents a jumping off point for discussion of envelope design concepts and the necessary strategies for development of a Passive House project. Presentations and discussions led by the Architect Jeff Davis and Passive Building Verifier Rob Hosken will explore the technological approach to the envelope design and overall energy reduction tactics used in the passive design approach.


  1. Identify critical elements of the thermal envelope responsible for building energy consumption including minimizing thermal bridging, material selection, and moisture management.
  2. Understand the building code implications for various assembly configurations.
  3. Understand passive systems and identify specific elements of passive design.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of various passive design strategies based on available site resources.


September 20, 2016
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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