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PHN Presents: Optimizing Form & Function: Meet Single Point Access Blocks, an old-new tool in sustainable place making.

March 15 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Discussions around urban morphology are not as robust in the Passive House community as they could be. Building form plays a significant role in the ease or difficulty of achieving Passive House performance, and so urban form – and how building codes work within them – plays an outsized role in optimization. One way to optimize buildings is to increase the amount of floor area in the same thermal envelope. Point Access Blocks (single stair buildings) –the basic urban building block in most other countries – are one such method to achieve this. Larch Lab’s Michael Eliason will discuss his report for the City of Vancouver on Point Access Blocks, which touches on how these issues are also interwoven with embodied carbon, climate adaptation, family-sized units, re-compaction, and improved quality of life.


AIA 1 LU|HSW | PHI 1 CP  (in progress)

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe different means of vertical access for multifamily buildings.
  2. Outline how land use and building codes can affect building cost and energy efficiency.
  3. Describe how livability can be affected by building codes.
  4. Outline how point access blocks allow new approaches to recompacting cities and adapting to climate change.

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March 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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