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WEBINAR – High-Performance Wood Structures: An Example of Increased Efficiency in Multi-Family Construction

October 19, 2016 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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For this case study presentation, The Distillery’s 28-unit Phase 1 building—a six-story, wood-frame-over-podium Passive House project under construction in South Boston—will be used to highlight design and construction principles that can radically reduce energy consumption. Applicable to nearly all building types, the discussion will highlight how a low-load building approach can be applied both to new construction and retrofits. Emphasis will be placed on the deepening knowledge and evolving strategies that helped produce a highly-efficient, cost-effective building that will be affordable to operate, comfortable and healthy for occupants, and highly resilient. Details, testing data and lessons learned will be shared, with a special focus on the thermal envelope, continuous air barrier implementation, and efficient ventilation systems. Wood’s use as structural material will be discussed, as will its role in providing a cost-effective building approach that allowed this project to come to fruition and afforded implementation of further sustainability features.


Michelle Apigian, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Associate, ICON Architecture

Michelle is an architect, planner and urban designer who combines optimism and pragmatism to design sustainable environments that strengthen communities and celebrate the uniqueness of place. She has worked on a broad array of project types and scales, from large, multi-phase master plans and the design and construction of new multi-family developments to strategic infill, adaptive reuse and modernization projects. Her work has achieved LEED certification at numerous levels and will soon include the first Passive House-certified multi-family project in New England. She is a frequent speaker on topics that include building reuse and Passive House design. Michelle received a B.A. from Dartmouth and an M.Arch and Master of City Planning from MIT.

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Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider.

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19 October 2016
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.