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### Exploring Harvard GSD’s Executive Education Course on Designing the World’s Largest Passive House Office

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Architects are currently in a race to discover technologies, essential data, operational models, and financial frameworks that support the success of building retrofits and designs in light of global decarbonization mandates and evolving occupant preferences. In the course “Building Decarbonization 101: Exploring the Technology, Data, Operations, and Finances of Net Zero Development,” participants will explore innovative buildings worldwide, engage with a diverse panel of global experts, and gain comprehensive strategies to implement in their own projects.

One of the program’s highlights is the session led by Brad Mahoney, the Sustainable Development Director at MP Boston, who will delve into the creation of [ppp1], the largest Passive House office space globally. Drawing from his involvement with Winthrop Center, Brad will address the intelligent and effective development of buildings, along with the financial and operational aspects of building decarbonization. Brad is part of a distinguished teaching team that includes:


  • Ernie Beck – NV5 Engineering & Technology’s Associate Principal
  • Brad Mahoney – Sustainable Development Director at MP Boston
  • Joseph Bocchiaro – NV5 Engineering & Technology’s Principal Consultant Emeritus

Guest Speakers

  • Beth Eckenrode – Author of “The Power of Existing Buildings,” Co-founder, and Board Chair of AUROS Group
  • Iris Chan – NV5 Net Zero’s Executive Director

The live online sessions will encompass the following topics:

  • Session 1: Exploring Building Technologies, Decarbonization, and the PropTech Landscape
  • Session 2: Decarbonization Planning & Energy Strategies
  • Session 3: Sustainable Building Development, Efficiency, and Certifications
  • Session 4: Building Technology Frontiers, Operations, and Financial Considerations

Program Information

  • Dates: March 20, 22, 25, & 27, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern
  • Location: Online
  • Continuing Education Credits: 7 AIA LUs (HSW), 7 AICP/CM, 7 LA/CES (HSW)
  • Tuition: \(1,550 until January 31, \)1,750

For further details, please visit [ppp2].