Delivering High Performance Buildings at Market Rate

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For many teams, it is an almost impossible challenge to simultaneously deliver high performance, cost efficient buildings while maintaining high customer satisfaction and profitability. It is not uncommon for high performance commercial buildings to cost 10% - 20% more to build than conventional buildings. Adam Cohen of Passiv Science has been designing and building Passive Commercial Buildings at costs comparable to typical new construction and is achieving Passive Building level results.  

This class will discuss the basics of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Passive Building design principles, LEAN construction, work flows specific to IPD, BIM integration and in-depth instruction in the design ~ estimating integration needed for a successful project.  Specific tools and methods will be taught that cover the design/cost evolution process from initial cost validation to design/cost advancement through real time cost management during construction. 

Course Details

  • Co-sponsored and hosted by Burlington Electric Department

  • This course will take place at Burlington Electric Department's classroom at 585 Pine Street in Burlington, VT. Registration required. 

  • BED is offering scholarships to professionals who are committed to applying their newfound skills and knowledge in Burlington, VT. Awardees will have 50% of tuition paid by BED (value of $400) toward the course. Apply by March 24, 2017 at

Community Lecture Event on April 5th, 5-7pm

  • Adam Cohen will be giving a public talk on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:00pm at the Burlington Generator Space, located at 40 Sears Lane in Burlington. This community talk is co-sponsored by BED, Better, Burlington Generator Space, Vermont Passive House, and Yestermorrow. Cash bar at this event. Learn more and RSVP to attend this event.

Eventbrite - Adam Cohen: Looking Around the Corner and Thinking Outside the 6 Sides



AIA Credit Courses, Design/Build, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, New Course, Pro Series, Sustainable Building and Design


Intermediate, Professional


  • AIA: 24 LU/HSW
  • PHIUS: 12 CEUs

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