March 25
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


George Washington University
800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Marvin Center Room 405

March 25: AEENCC meeting - Passive House, Living Building and Related Ultra-Low Energy Standards

Join AEE-NCC as we look beyond LEED and into a realm of other programs promoting net zero energy and ultra-sustainable design and construction.  As a result of advances in construction technologies, renewable energy systems, and academic research, creating Net Zero Energy buildings is becoming more and more feasible. We will be hosting a Panel discussion with leading experts and practitioners from the Capital area on Passive House, the Living Building Challenge and net-zero energy design. 

The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint.  It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.  On the panel will be David Peabody, an architect who designed the first Passive House in the DC area. 

The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today.  The DC Living Building Challenge Collaborative (DC LBCC) is a group of local professional volunteers committed to sustainability, education and implementation of the Living Building Challenge; a representative of DC LBCC will be on the panel to educate us on the program. 

The concept of a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB), one which produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year, recently has been evolving from research to reality. Currently, there are only a small number of highly efficient buildings that meet the criteria to be called "Net Zero". While the exact definitions of metrics for "net zero energy" vary, most agree that Net Zero Energy Buildings combine exemplary building design to minimize energy requirements with renewable energy systems that meet these reduced energy needs.