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This presentation will explore strategies for designing climate positive housing. We will examine case studies of single-family and multi-family construction systems to create homes that sequester more carbon than they use. These designs are optimized for cost, energy, and embodied carbon leading to healthy, comfortable homes.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the major sources of carbon in residential construction.
  • Participants will identify low carbon enclosures and structures.
  • Participants will analyze different rating systems and their impact on residential construction.
  • Participants will develop strategies for reducing the carbon footprint of their buildings.

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With nearly two decades of experience in sustainable design and construction, and as the firm’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Trey is passionate about projects that make life better for people and our planet. He is LEED AP Certified as well as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). In addition to his architectural expertise, he is a certified permaculture designer and teacher.

Trey joined the Forge Craft team in 2016, drawn to the firm’s dedication to sustainable design, building science and the shared conviction that great design can solve big problems, improving lives in a tangible way.

Trey currently serves on the Austin Passive House Alliance Board, the National Passive House Alliance Council and Policy Committee, the Humid Climate Conference Steering Committee and the ULI Austin Resilience & Sustainability Committee. Trey is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, holds a Master’s degree in Ecological Design from San Francisco Institute of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Otago.

Prior to his architecture and design work, Trey worked as a writer, bartender, job coach, teacher, carpenter, natural builder, community organizer and orchardist. He enjoys gardening, swimming at Deep Eddy, hiking and spending quality time with his family in the passive house he designed with his wife.

Josh received a BSD in Architectural Studies and BS in Sustainability from Arizona State University in 2014 and M.Arch from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, institutional, and community public-interest design. He is also active with AIA Austin COTE. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his cat, Rupert Giles.

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