A Symposium January 26-27

Regenerative Construction Ecosystems

Community resilience & adaptation with sustainable forestry, Passive House & industrialized construction.

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Hosted by The Passive House Network

Industrialized wood construction through well managed forest resources can reduce wildfire risk, while delivering decarbonized buildings that are healthier for occupants, assembled rapidly, and adaptable. Passive House is a global ultra low-energy building standard that offers resilience in the face of wildfires, energy insecurity, and a warming world.

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Regenerative Construction Ecosystems is a free 6-hour symposium, over two days, focused on how wood industrialized construction deployed to meet the Passive House standard, can lead to decarbonized environments that are resilient and adaptable to our changing environments.

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Day 1

Wednesday, January 26.
10AM PT/1PM ET to 1PM PT/4 PM ET

Wood Industrialized Construction Kickoff

Presentations and moderated discussion will focus on design, planning and erection of mass timber buildings, and how universities are educating future workers and leaders for this field.

Day 1 Agenda

Introduction by Michael Eliason, Founder Larch Lab.

Keynote by Dr. Guido Wimmers, Associate Professor at University of Northern British Columbia.


Mass Timber for Academic & Public Buildings, by Corey Martin, Principal, Hacker.

Delivering wood buildings, by Erica Spiritos, Preconstruction Manager at Timberlab.

Industrialized construction in an educational setting, by Dr. Daniel Hall, Assistant Professor at ETH Zürich.

Panel discussion, moderated by Michael Eliason.


Day 2

Thursday, January 27. 

10AM PT/1PM ET to 1PM PT/4 PM ET

Passive House, Embodied Carbon Tools & Wood Components

Get an overview of Passive House and low-carbon buildings incorporating innovative calculations, prefabrication and wood construction, followed by a moderated discussion. 

Day 2 Agenda

Introduction by Michael Eliason.

Keynote by Ann-Marie Fallon, Associate Director, Architype.


Wood and straw prefabricated Passive House, by Bjorn Kierulf, Chief Executive Officer at EcoCocon.

Calculating embodied carbon in Passive House – the PHribbon, by Tim Martel, Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Decarbonized value-added wood manufacturing and Passive House, by Matt O’Malia, Founder & Partner, TimberHP by GO Lab.

Prefab Panelized Wood Passive House, by Jonah Stanford, CTO, B.PUBLIC Prefab.

Panel discussion moderated by Michael Eliason.

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Ann-Marie Fallon, Associate Director, Architype

Ann-Marie is one of the UK’s leading experts on Passivhaus design and has shared her experience at UK and international Passivhaus Trust conferences. She has successfully delivered the award-winning and UK’s largest Passivhaus residential scheme, Agar Grove. Since focusing on the development of our Edinburgh office she is overseeing the delivery several primary and secondary schools within Scotland.  Ann-Marie worked closely with the Scottish Futures Trust developing the new cost metric for Scotland’s learning estate as well as contributing to new energy requirements for Scotland’s education sector, linking capital funding to operational energy performance over a 25-year period.

Daniel Hall
Daniel Hall, Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich

Daniel Hall is Assistant Professor of Innovative and Industrial Construction at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering of ETH Zürich. The overarching theme of his research is to enhance governance, productivity, and innovation in construction projects through a transformation from fragmented project delivery methods to new organizational models that integrate the supply chain of the vertically and horizontally fragmented construction industry.  He is founder and organizer of the Stanford Industrialized Construction Forum since 2014.

Michael Eliason, Founder, Larch Lab

Michael Eliason is the founder of Larch Lab, an architecture and urbanism ‘think and do’ tank focusing on research and policy; decarbonized, climate-adaptive, low-energy urban buildings; and sustainable urbanism. Michael is also a writer, and an award-winning architect specializing in mass timber, social housing, baugruppen (urban cohousing), and ecodistricts. His career has been dedicated to advancing innovation and broadening the discourse on sustainable development, passivhaus, non-market housing, and decarbonized construction. His professional experience includes extensive public work in both the Pacific Northwest, and Germany.

Bjorn Kierulf
Bjorn Kierulf, CEO, EcoCocon

Originally an industrial designer, now a Passivhaus specialist. A Norwegian, he arrived in Slovakia in 1989 – before the revolution. Now he is working on the next revolution – sustainable architecture. In the architectural studio Createrra he specializes in the passive house standard and
natural building materials. As the CEO of EcoCocon he is bringing an efficient and modular construction system based on straw to the wider market. His vision is cost-effective, high-quality passive house buildings made from natural materials.

Tim Martel
Tim Martel, Chartered Architectural Technologist

Tim is a Passivhaus Designer and AECB Expert Advisor from the UK who has been working with PHN for the last year in developing the US version of PHribbon.  He has worked as a Passivhaus Designer for 10 years working freelance for various architects and the AECB on newbuild and retrofit Passivhaus projects. He first launched PHribbon in the UK about 2 years ago.

corey martin
Corey Martin, Principal, Hacker

Since joining Hacker in 2011, Corey’s design leadership has guided some the firm’s most innovative and  sustainable projects. As an Oregon native with 29 years of experience, Corey is strongly influenced by the unique relationship between the natural and built environment of the Pacific Northwest. He and Hacker have received wide acclaim for creating modern buildings which encompass a wide variety of project types that promote the use of mass timber and sustainable systems while displaying a particular sensitivity to the natural environment, daylight, and the people they serve.

Matthew O'Malia
Matt O’Malia, Founder & Partner, TimberHP by GO Lab

GO Lab Co-founder Matthew O’Malia is principal architect and co-founder of OPAL Architecture, an award-winning architecture firm with a nationwide reputation for innovation and expertise in the design of high performance residential and institutional buildings. A leader in Passive House design in the U.S., and named to Architect magazine’s Architect 50 list in 2018, Matthew is a frequent speaker at sustainable design conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Erica Spiritos
Erica Spiritos, Vice President & Preconstruction Manager, Timberlab

Erica has dedicated her professional career to the mass timber movement in the Pacific Northwest. She has had the privilege of working on leading-edge projects, including some of the largest and tallest mass timber projects in the country. Her passion for social justice and inclusion shines through in projects like Heartwood, a workforce housing project in Seattle. Erica provides project-specific expertise to support appropriate and optimal mass timber design, estimating, and procurement strategy. She has helped grow the group from four people to 40 full-time staff dedicated to accelerating the mainstream adoption of mass timber  across the US commercial construction market.

Jonah Stanford, CTO, B.PUBLIC Prefab

Jonah founded the design firm NEEDBASED Inc and is Co-founder of B.PUBLIC Prefab. Both companies focus on socially and environmentally sustainable designs responsive to need and the development of thoughtful buildings. Jonah completed the first Passivhaus in the Southwest, a mixed-use in-fill condominium development in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jonah’s work typically targets site-net-zero-energy and incorporates his enthusiasm for building science and material science applications.  He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, providing pro bono design services of new Habitat for Humanity homes in Santa Fe aligned with Passive House construction techniques.

Guido Wimmers
Dr. Guido Wimmers, Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia

Guido Wimmers is Chair for the Integrated Wood Design Program and has implemented an interdisciplinary approach for engineering and design of modern wood structures, combining structural engineering with building physics and modern fabrication. Guido received his Doctoral degree in Engineering Sciences and a Master degree in Architectural Engineering from the Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria. Before coming to UNBC, he worked in multi-disciplinary teams in Austria, Germany and Italy in research and engineering as well as architectural offices. He played a key role in the implementation of the International Passive House Standard in BC and across Canada.

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