MDCRES Monthly: The Passive House Standard

When it comes to ultra-energy efficient housing the term net-zero energy probably comes to mind, but what about Passive housing? The Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard is a metric based, rigorous green building standard that is prolific in Europe with both residential and commercial buildings and is gaining momentum in the U.S. It promises a 90% reduction in heat energy if implemented correctly. It has been shown to be an effective way of fighting climate change and reducing our carbon footprint. 

Colorado has the perfect climate for the standard so why are there only a few projects in the region? Morgan Law, an architect in Golden, has spent the last five years designing and certifying Passive House projects, largely on the east coast. He’ll be introducing the standard, the evolution, and some sample case studies, both residential and commercial. You won’t want to miss it!

The meeting format will be as follows:

6:30-7:00pm – Social time and networking 
7:00-7:10pm – Announcements 
7:10-8:00pm –  Presentation and Q&A
8:00-8:30pm – Wrap up and networking 

This meeting is free for CRES members ($30 membership), with a $10 suggested donation from non-members

Morgan worked for four years in Portland, Maine, a firm specializing in low-energy, high comfort buildings. He has been a project manager for a wide variety of projects including single-family, multi-family, live/work, low-income, and commercial. Morgan has worked on several AIA award winning projects, including the LEED home of the year 2014.

As a Passive House Consultant, he has done extensive energy modeling and consulting.He has certified both single family and multi-family projects. Morgan was also the lead designer on the winning entry for Enterprise’s Lowering the Cost of Housing Competition.

The winning entry, a 45-unit pre-certified low-income housing development in Portland Maine, is currently under construction. Morgan is founding partner at Paper Airplane, an inter-disciplinary design firm that specializes in high performance design and custom fabrication and has his own practice, SHAPE Architecture.