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51. Reimagining Multifamily Housing Design With Susan King of HED

Here is  a glimpse of what you'll learn in today's episode: 

  • Introduction to Susan King and Passive house.

  • Incentivising cities to adopt innovative building practices. 

  • Challenging the 'cost focus' mindset. 

  • How Passive House is changing multifamily housing. 

  • Challenges modularization faces in the building industry.

“Let’s talk about how the building performs over time, instead of how much it costs day one.” 

- Susan King (Licensed Architectand Principal at HED)

Show Notes:

  • 0:30 - Introduction to Episode 51. 

  • 0:48 - Introduction to Susan King of HED. 

  • 4:18 - Enacting change in the affordable housing sphere. 

  • 8:00 - How cost focus mindsets limit innovation. 

  • 9:29 - Susan talks about Passive House.

  • 12:00 - Impact of updated building code in Chicago on new multifamily housing. 

  • 15:04 - How Passive House changes the way we look at housing costs. 

  • 17:31 - Incentivising cities to change the way they build. 

  • 20:48 - Upfront costs versus upfront costs balanced with longevity. 

  • 24:50 - How HED is approaching the electric versus natural gas conversation. 

  • 31:00 - Challenges with modularization in the building industry. 

  • 38:00 - Cutting through the red tape. 

  • 40:05 - Concluding thoughts for Episode 51.

Click here to learn more about the work Susan is doing with Passive House.

Lean more about HED here.

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