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In a 2017 special article on ArchinectNK Architects’ CMO Zach Simkee outlined the case for adopting passive house design principles.

“The genius of passive house design is that it recognizes the building itself—its skeleton and skin—as technology,” Simke wrote. “Powered by modern building science, energy modeling, and advanced analysis of the thermal properties of building structures, passive home architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. This is a potential game-changer for buildings’ role in the clean energy transition.”

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Five years later, the Passive House movement is rising across the United States, as architects seek to move their design proposals toward zero carbon. The Passive House Institute of the Unites States (Phius), the body that oversees passive building standards in the United States, has certified more than 7.4 million square feet of passive building projects to date, as well as more than 1,700 passive building consultants.

As our editorial points out, the 7.4 million square feet of passive building space takes many different forms. Last year, we reported on the construction of the world’s largest passive office building in Boston, while also highlighting a retrofit project for the 19th century passive house in Chicago. Earlier this year, meanwhile, Massachusetts announced two stimulus programs to encourage apartment buildings to be designed and built to the passive house standard.

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Although diverse in size, condition, and location, these projects are united by common passive building principles: thermal control (through high-performance enclosures and thermal bridge removal), air control (through airtightness and balanced ventilation), and radiation control (through High performance glazing, shading and daylighting) and humidity control (by controlling material moisture and air humidity).

To facilitate the design of approved passive construction projects, employers are increasingly seeking the expertise of those with experience, or certification, in passive construction principles. To prove it, we’re using our Job Highlights series this week to explore an open opportunity for a passive home building project manager at Brooklyn-based CO Adaptive.

CO Adaptive’s Cobble Hill project in Brooklyn was previously featured in our “Details” Pinterest board report

CO Adaptive is now celebrating its 10th anniversary, and describes itself as “enthusiastic about modifying existing building stock for energy efficiency and resilience using passive house design methodology.” For the project manager position, the company hopes to find an individual who can “connect the dots” between the engineering team, site team, and customers, as well as source, sequence, and coordinate the logistics of material procurement.

“During the design process, we are attentive to the functionality, durability and embodied energy of materials to create buildings that reduce carbon emissions and remain for decades to come,” the company says. “We believe it is our responsibility as architects to understand the design of a single building as part of an overall system whose parts have an impact on the environment in which they sit, and there is a global cost to every decision that is made.”

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Full details of the latest CO Adaptive job opportunity can be found here on Archinect Jobs. Stay on top of curated career highlights ahead, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more exciting opportunities at Archinect’s leading job board. Recent editions of our Career Highlights series have seen career opportunities for an Architect/Design Thinker at Terreform ONE, an Airport Terminal Planner in Corgan, and a Graphics Designer at WholeTree Structures.

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