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Webinar – Achieving the Imperative of High-Performance Multi-Family Housing with Wood Construction

October 9, 2019 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




A growing belief among design and construction professionals is that simply building to the energy code’s baseline minimums is no longer good enough. One approach that’s becoming increasingly popular for multi-family projects is passive house design. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), which has funded 17 multi-family passive house projects, is propelling the affordable housing industry toward a net-zero energy standard by 2030. This initiative has proved a catalyst for the significant expansion of passive house/net-zero-capable housing, inspiring 14 more states to similarly incentivize passive house through their low-income housing tax credit programs. This webinar will share cost data, strategies, and lessons learned through completed passive house projects nationwide, demonstrating the radical, affordable, and scalable way the affordable housing industry is combatting climate change through improved energy performance.

Timothy McDonald, RA, LEED AP, CPHC, CPHD, Onion Flats

Timothy McDonald is President and CEO of Onion Flats LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate development/design/build firm. As a partner, Tim’s role is Lead Architect and Construction Manager for many of the firm’s projects. In 2005, Tim and several partners formed the architecture firm Plumbob, LLC and JIG, Inc., a general contracting, construction management and green roof company, which, together with Onion Flats, offer full design-build services for external clients and their own developments. Tim is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has been an adjunct Professor of Architecture at Philadelphia University, Temple University, University of Calgary, and University of Pennsylvania. He is founder of FAARM, a non-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition of art and architecture in Philadelphia, and holds positions on a variety of boards and committees.

10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit1 or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

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October 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.