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Monthly Chapter Meetings

The monthly meeting of the Chapter features presentations of interest to the architectural profession.

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Thursday June 8, 2023
11:45 am to 1:15 pm
The Kitchen Table
313 Camino Alire

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Integration of Off-site in Design and Construction
Case study: Builder/Installer Training for
Regional Homebuilding Contractors

A paradigm shift is occurring in the construction industry away from traditional, site-built methods and towards off-site, prefabricated & panelized assemblies. AEC professionals are seeking information and practical experience to take advantage of these advances.


Simultaneously, unprecedented climate disasters have triggered renewed interest in high-performance building principles as a way to achieve reductions in operational & embodied carbon, elevated climate resilience, and increased occupant wellness. The use of prefabricated assemblies provides opportunities to accelerate and democratize high-performance construction, a practice formerly relegated to custom & high-end markets.


B.PUBLIC Prefab has created a one-of-a-kind training curriculum and hands-on workshop to prepare residential builders for working with off-site building envelope components. This 2-day training covers OSHA safety for rigging, hoisting and signaling for crane setting of panelized construction.


Day one includes ICC 1200 code, plan reading, budgeting, scheduling, building science, material demos, and expert trainers in Passive House and high-performance strategies and details. The second day the builders work with a live crane to set up a full-building structure with B.PUBLIC Prefab components.


This AIA presentation will highlight the unique up-skilling happening in the industry to fill the gaps in knowledge to meet the growing demand for the integration off-site in residential custom projects.

Jonah Stanford, AIA - Co-Founder and Innovation Director

Jonah is Co-founder of B.PUBLIC Prefab and Founder of NeedBased, Inc design studio. Both companies focus on socially and environmentally sustainable designs responsive to needs and the development of thoughtful buildings. After completing a Beta LEED for homes Pilot project and applying this knowledge to affordable housing development, Jonah joined the first generation of Passivhaus Consultants trained in North America in 2009.


Quickly after training, Jonah completed the first Passivhaus in the Southwest, a mixed-use in-fill condominium development in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2010. Jonah’s work typically targets site-net-zero-energy and incorporates his enthusiasm for building science and material science applications. He has won national awards for sustainability, including the ECOHOME design award. Jonah was a founding board member of the Passive House Institute, U.S.

Credit Designations:

1.0 LU/HSW (pending)

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