Stealth Passive House: Boring, Invisible & Everywhere (Jesse Thompson)

Room 2 • 11:00 – 11:30 AM • Friday, Oct. 19


Early stage high-profile Passive House projects often launch with integrated teams, lots of fanfare, and extensive lists of (expensive) consultants. That’s all good for the pilot projects, but how do all of us take this to mainstream multifamily construction projects when we are not allowed all these special resources? We will lay out the path we have followed on multi-family projects where Passive House was either frowned upon or actively off the table. What are the most critical elements of Passive House for a team to focus on when making cost and value judgements in project meetings? What is the proper balance of improved ventilation, air tightness and insulation?


Jesse Thompson, principal at Kaplan Thompson Architects, is an award-winning architect who has become a national leader in green design and building science. Growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Jesse started his career working construction in high school. Since then, he’s been through every stage of design and building. Jesse is relentlessly practical but sees possibility for greatness in every project. He loves a good challenge. Jesse is a graduate of the University of Oregon, current President Elect of AIA Maine, and a former board member of the Portland Society for Architecture. He’s a founding member of Passivhaus Maine and was the first architect in northern New England to become a Certified Passive House Consultant.