2018 New Gravity Housing Conference

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Thu, 8/2/2018 - Fri, 8/3/2018 - 7:30am - 5:00pm

Temple University, Science Education and Research Center, 1925 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Event Overview

The reality of climate change will fundamentally alter the way buildings are designed, built, and operated in the coming decades. At the same time, the need for quality affordable housing that can withstand increasingly extreme and volatile weather continues to grow. Building healthy, safe, and accessible places to live that will both limit and adapt to climate impacts is a key challenge for the 21st century. This two-day conference will explore the tools, techniques, and practices that the building community is using to address this challenge. 

Last year's conference included sessions that covered: 

  • Occupant health and wellness
  • Funding strategies
  • Resilient communities
  • Green building policies
  • Codes
  • Rating systems and standards


Attendees will have access to hands on workshops, technical trainings, research-based lectures, building and neighborhood tours, and networking with industry leaders. This conference is informed by the PHFA Project, an effort to scale the adoption of high performance affordable housing across the country. 

Event Details

Event Cost:

Green Building United Member: $75

Non-member: $150 Learn more about becoming a Member! 

Government/Non-profit: $100 Must register with government/non-profit email.

Keynote Speakers

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Chris Benedict, R.A., Architecture for a Changing World

Chris is a registered architect with 30 years of professional experience. Her office, Chris Benedict, R.A., was founded in 1995 and specializes in the design of exceptionally energy efficient buildings. A leader of the Passive House movement in the United States, Chris has designed over 80 apartment buildings in New York City, including three recently completed apartment buildings in New York City designed to meet the Passive House Standard.  She has another 15 Passive House buildings on the boards, all designed to cost the same as typical construction.

Chris is a graduate of the Cooper Union where she was inducted into the Cooper Union Hall of Fame.  Chris teaches internationally about her groundbreaking work and is a thought leader in the building industry.

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Steve Bluestone, founder of Passive Dwellings

Steve has worked as a developer, general contractor, and property manager, producing thousands of units of housing and tens of thousands of square feet of retail space. Whether working on single-family homes or very large mixed-use apartment buildings, he has helped produce structures that have reduced energy consumption by 90% and more, others that are net zero, and some that are energy-positive. He has been an industry leader in energy efficiency for decades and continues to pursue his passion of researching new products and systems and introducing innovative building methods. He has spoken at numerous building and energy conferences and continues to share his knowledge to inspire the industry to reduce overall energy and water consumption. Steve recently shifted gears in a big way. He is now manufacturing a new Passive House level prefabricated wall panel system using insulated concrete forms (www.icfpanels.com) that is proving itself to be a major game changer. Incorporating a relatively little known rebar replacement product (www.helixrebar) into the panels is allowing him to offer up the absolutely lowest cost, strongest, and fastest system for building envelopes available in the market.

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