MN Concrete Forum: Dense, Energy-Efficient, Affordable Housing

Dense, Energy-Efficient, Affordable Housing will be presented by Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEEDAP (Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP). 

New York City is the densest City in the US and because of its Density the lowest carbon footprint per capita of any city in the US.  We need to increase density in cities to house a growing population in a low carbon manner.  What have we learned, and why it’s critical to meet 80 percent carbon reduction by 2050, through designing dense urban housing, is critical.

The presentation will show eight examples (Four complete at the time of the Presentation) of affordable Passive House (PH) projects including the largest PH project in North America.  Design and construction issues will be discussed.  We will also discuss a new concept in Family Shelter design to show other low carbon footprint solutions to additional housing issues.

The presentation will cover design limitations and opportunities, and issues with PH certification. Strategic design systems discussed will include: envelope - insulated concrete forms, Air Vapor barrier detailing, windows; ERV centralized vs unitized; VRF systems and alternatives.

Registration opens at 9:30 am.  The presentation begins at 10:00 am and will conclude by 11:30 am.


November 14, 2019 at 10:00 am


Midland Hills Country Club
2001 Fulham Street
Roseville, MN 55113


Cost to attend a MN Concrete Forum $15 ($10 early bird).


Attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance for one hour. MCC is an AIA CES registered provider. In some cases, AIA credits will also be available.