Tuesday, September 11, 2018 · 8:00-11:45 a.m.
Goodman Community Center, Madison, WI
Cost: $45

Path to passive design: multifamily lessons learned

Passive building activity has increased exponentially in recent years—from single family residential projects to multifamily, and now the trend is moving towards commercial buildings. This presentation takes a look at several low and midrise multifamily projects across the country that were constructed at 0-5% additional cost over an EnergyStar baseline. Successful construction techniques and lessons learned will be discussed.

Following the technical training, there will be a panel of speakers that will share a case study of Madison’s landmark affordable housing multifamily project, Rethke Terrace. This project reached Passive House and LEED Platinum certification earlier this year. It became the first multifamily project in Madison (and the Midwest!) to reach this rigorous sustainable design goal. Attendees are also invited to join the developer and the design team for a tour of Rethke Terrace on Madison’s east side.

Who should attend?
Architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, developers, builders and anyone with interest in designing and constructing high-performance residential, multifamily and commercial buildings.

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe passive building standard construction approaches including detailing techniques
  • Discuss various enclosure techniques that were successfully used in multifamily passive buildings to meet the project’s economic goals
  • Explain passive house building standards to successfully design low and midrise buildings
  • Discuss how passive house can be utilized in low-income housing developments for the welfare of owners and tenants
  • Discover how to make informed decisions to reduce energy in a cost effective way

The registration fee for attending this half-day course is $45, which includes continental breakfast and breaks. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be videotaped for future publication.

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 3.25 LU/HSW for this instructor-led face-to-face course.

BPI This course has been pre-approved for 3.25 BPI CEUs.

NAHB This course offers 3.25 hours of continuing education credit for the following NAHB professional designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, CSP, Master CSP, CMP, MIRM.

PHIUS CPHC® This course has been approved by the Passive House Institute US for 3 Certified Passive House Consultant CEUs.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 3 CEUs for the following credentials: Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification and UDC-Construction Inspector Certification.

This course will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.


7:30 am-- Registration and continental breakfast

8:00 – 10:30 am-- Program

  • Welcome-- MGE - Energy 2030
  • Keynote-- Path to passive design: multifamily lessons learned
    • Katrin Klingenberg
  • Panel-- Rethke Terrace passive house case study
    • James Lewis; Mike Zuehlke; Lindsey Elton

10:30 – 11 am-- Travel to Rethke Terrace—located at 715 Rethke Avenue, Madison, WI 53714

11 – 11:45 am-- Building tour

Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa St.
Madison , WI

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Building Tour

A tour of the Rethke Terrace located at 715 Rethke Avenue, Madison, WI 53714 will follow this course.