Thursday, May 6 2021
Clean Energy DC is the city’s ambitious plan to combat climate change by 2032 through innovative strategies affecting our buildings, infrastructure, and transportation systems. The plan calls for all new single-family and small multifamily buildings to be net-zero energy by 2026.
This virtual tour highlights design and construction features that contribute to the net-zero energy operation of a single-family detached house designed to the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Passive House standard. Robin McGrew, AIA and John Allen demonstrate how Passive House design and construction is a path to net-zero.
Robin McGrew, AIA CPHC — Architect and PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant
Robin McGrew is an architect and Certified Passive House Consultant who has been working on single and multi-family residential, institutional, and historic preservation projects in the Washington, DC metro area for 25 years. She has a strong interest in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. This is her first Passive House project.
John Allen — PHIUS Certified Passive House Builder of Allen Built, Inc.
John Allen is owner of AllenBuilt, Inc. and Mid-Atlantic AeroBarrier. He has a passion for building to last for generations and executing skillful design. His projects typically are residential and range from historic restoration to modern new construction, but always strive for maximizing comfort and efficiency while minimizing carbon and waste. This is also his first Passive House Project.
- Explain what is meant by a passive house design and how it contributes to achieving a net-zero energy building.
- Describe construction details critical to meeting the passive house standard for a single-family house.
- Identify the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems used in a passive house single-family residence.
- Describe the envelope products which are used in a passive house single-family residence.