Multi-family Housing: Passive House vs. Conventional Design

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In a follow up to the January panel discussion on wall systems for multi-family housing construction, this month we’ll be focusing on high-performing multi-family housing projects. Kim Bretheim will highlight a recent project – the Hook and Ladder Project – which consisted of two buildings, one Passive House Certified, and one of conventional construction. More information about the Hook and Ladder project can be found here:

After the presentation, stick around to network, or bring your most troublesome detail for review by our group of building science enthusiasts!



  • Kim Bretheim, FAIA, LHB

Kim has 40 years of architectural experience in multifamily residential design and leads the LHB Housing Studio. His award-winning designs include a wide variety of housing types including student housing, townhomes, condominiums, apartment buildings, supportive housing, and mixed-use developments. Kim was recently inducted into the Fellowship of the AIA (FAIA) for his commitment to creating and preserving affordable housing for all through sustainable building and community design.

  • Ivan Duarte, PIE Consulting and Engineering

Mr. Duarte is an internationally trained architect and engineering technologist expert in building sciences. With 13 years of experience in the architectural and building science fields, he has successfully performed in multidisciplinary functions, in such roles as draftsperson and designer, consultant, staff coordinator and project management. He specializes in performing façade surveys and property condition assessments, repair recommendations, and design. Ivan’s key competencies include developing design, details and specifications for a variety of building assembly types, design peer reviews and construction monitoring services, including field performance testing, whole building air barrier testinzg, ELD testing, and diagnostic evaluations of fenestrations, curtain walls, and claddings.


11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

McGough Headquarters
2737 Fairview Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55113



Members – $10.00

Non-Members – $25.00



11:30 to 12:00     Arrival and registration

12:00 to 12:30     Lunch

12:30 to 1:30       Presentation 

1:30 to 2:00         Q&A and Networking, Detailing Peer Review


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