Webinar Recordings

Passive House Design and Residence Halls

The Perfect Pairing
Delivered December 16, 2020
Presented by Katie Donahue, Handel Architects | Deborah Moelis, Handel Architects | Jennifer Adams Peffer, University of Toronto-Scarborough
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
University of Toronto-Scarborough

Creating healthy interior environments.

Incorporating Passive House design into campus buildings enables universities to create healthy interior environments while meeting, or exceeding, their sustainability goals.

Save energy. Improve quality.

The session will discuss the basics of Passive House (PH) design, how it can both save energy and improve the quality of the interior environment. The presenters will illustrate how Passive House design has been incorporated from both a design and administrative standpoint at the new residence hall at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

Meet your health & wellness goals.

Discover how Passive House design was incorporated into the design of UTSC’s 750-bed residence hall and dining facility; helping the University to meet its sustainability and health & wellness goals. Embracing this high-performance design protocol for student residences of any size will align three goals for any campus: sustainability, student health, and bottom-line financial performance.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the basics and impact of the Passive House Design building methodology and its cost implications.
  2. Discuss how an integrated planning approach was implemented to enable the campus to realize its goal of a Passive House building.
  3. Identify how Passive House design principles are incorporated into the Residence Hall design documents using UTSC as a case study.
  4. Discover how to restructure your RFP packages/project delivery approaches to allow for proper incorporation of Passive House design into a project.


Katie Donahue (Moderator)

Handel Architects

Jennifer Adams Peffer (Presenter)

Campus Architect and Director, Architecture, Planning and Project Development
University of Toronto-Scarborough

Deborah Moelis (Presenter)

Handel Architects

Continuing Education Units: AIA CEU/HSW HSW credits were available only for attendees of the live audience. Questions:

Recorded December 16, 2020.

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