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CRAN – Passive House Panel Discussion
February 15

At the District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Join the Capital Area CRAN for a panel discussion on Passive House design, technology and green building. Bringing together a range of perspectives, this panel will feature experts from the local residential architecture community as well as a representative from the US Passive House Institute (PHIUS). After attending, participants will be able to identify core principles and design techniques of Passive House standards and discuss local passive house projects.

Organized by the AIA|DC Custom Residential Architects Network, the panel includes:

Gregory Upwall, AIA, a licensed Architect, LEED® Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant, is the founder of Studio Upwall Architects, an award-winning full-service architecture firm specializing in sustainable modern design and green solutions.


David Peabody, AIA, founder of Peabody Architects in Alexandria, is committed to the practice of sustainable design. He is active in issues regarding architecture and the environment and made these issues central to the way his firm approaches their work. David is a LEED Accredited Professional, and in 2009 he became a Passive House Certified Consultant – one of the first five architects in the country to achieve this certification.

Bruce Zavos, AIA, founder of ZA+D, has been instrumental in the preservation and creation of 12,000 housing units throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. A licensed architect in numerous states, he has been the recipient of a variety of design and restoration awards and maintains active membership in the AIA, the Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers, Maryland Affordable Housing Council and National Council of Architectural Review Boards. He currently chairs the Affordable Housing Council in Frederick, Maryland and serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Housing Alliance and the Frederick Arts Council.

James Ortega, a member of the Certification team at PHIUS, provides design review and energy modeling services to evaluate project qualifications for PHIUS+ Certification. Ortega works closely with the submitting CPHC to provide feedback on questions pertaining to energy modeling and building plans. He also provides consulting services on static and dynamic energy modeling in WUFI Passive and THERM, and spearheads energy modeling deliverables on feasibility studies for projects interested in pursuing PHIUS+ Certification.

1 HSW LU. $10 for students & Assoc. AIA members; $15 for AIA & DAC members; $35 for non-members. Registration required here.