Adam Cohen

Adam’s leadership in North American Passivhaus (aka ‘Passive House’) design has made him a highly sought-after speaker, consultant, and teacher of advanced courses in Passivhaus ultra-low energy design and construction. His Passivhaus expertise has been featured both nationally and internationally at conferences presented by Passive House Institute US, Passivhaus Institut, and Passive House Northwest.

As one of the first Certified Passive House Consultants in the US, his deep knowledge and advanced practice in commercial Passivhaus design and construction are widely recognized by his peers, as evidenced by his appointment as Vice Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS).

Cohen is also a current board member of the Roanoke Clean Valley Council and the Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicle Association, a past board member of the Roanoke City Clean and Green Committee and the Green Schools Committee of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) of Southwest Virginia, and adjunct faculty at Yestermorrow Design Build School.

But the real story is Adam’s Passion for Green Building

My son asked me once, “We’ve known about climate change and carbon footprints for more than 40 years. How come no-one’s done anything about it?” It was like a lightning rod for me as a builder. Because I know the building science, and I know the physics- why don’t we build high-performance? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that we not only should, we’ve got to. That’s why I build High Performance.

With today’s technologies, net neutral construction can happen at cost parity to standard buildings. That’s the key. At Quantum we’ve got the years of experience of building conventionally, with the costs, and seeing how that interrelates with performance. We know exactly where to make changes to standard buildings that not only make it more efficient to run, but can build it at market rate as well.

There’s no reason anymore not to build high performance. And I’m going to do it, one project at a time.

March 2016

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