In construction, environmental benefits and developers’ interests are often seen as conflicting. "Green" features are thought to add cost and complication. Yet, with careful review of the site and economic conditions and informed decisions about which sustainable features are to be implemented, it is possible to align both environmental and financial goals.

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When designed intelligently, environmental performance and efficient construction can not only work together but actually make a project more marketable and profitable while reducing a building’s carbon footprint. One of the most successful ways to achieve construction efficiency with environmental benefits is to fuse mass timber technologies with Passive House principals to create some of the most energy-efficient buildings, often achieving carbon neutral. Advantages also include increased marketability and sale value, improved quality of life for the residents, and reduced operational costs.

Learning Objectives – After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the important characteristics of mass timber that allow for energy- and cost-efficient design, and key strategies for taking advantage of these characteristics.
  2. Understand the key principles of successful Passive House Design.
  3. Quantify the potential operational and embodied energy impacts of Passive House design and mass timber technologies.
  4. Communicate the pathways for cost savings and increased marketability that are made possible from Passive House and mass timber design.

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