The City of Somerville has adopted new requirements for high performance buildings in a number of Zoning Overlay Districts in the City. Passive House certification and ILFI’s Zero Carbon certification are two of the key pathways to meeting these requirements.
This discussion will start with a presentation by Oliver Seller-Garcia from the City of Somerville about how the requirements work and what they are attempting to achieve. Oliver will be followed by Aaron Gunderson from Passive House Mass and Jacob Bloom from Cambridge Seven to talk about Passive House and Zero Carbon certifications.
Most of the time in this discussion will be spent on open discussion and questions about how these pathways work, what are the issues, and what are the benefits. This discussion should be valuable for developers and designers, as well as municipal regulators and stakeholders.
Oliver is the Director of Sustainability and Environment at City of Somerville. After ten years of consulting in urban planning, sustainability, and finance, Oliver now leads a multidisciplinary government agency responsible for addressing climate change in New England’s most densely populated city.
Aaron is the Executive Director of Passive House Massachusetts, overseeing member engagement, public outreach, educational programing, and organizational administration. He is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson and an accredited LEED professional.
Jacob Bloom is a Living Future Ambassador and Associate at CambridgeSeven, a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary architecture and design firm. Working with owners, developers, and the community, Jacob designs projects to be culturally, ecologically, and financially responsible.
Host / Facilitator
Jim is founder and Principal at Linnean Solutions, and also is a co-facilitator of the Living Future Collaborative New England here at Built Environment Plus.
DiAnn is an Associate and the Director of Sustainability at PCA, and also a co-facilitator of the Living Future Collaborative New England here at Built Environment Plus.