Speaker Series: Positive Energy from Positive Change: Achieving High Performance in Affordable Housing
Architect and Urban Designer
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
at 6:30 pm
Affordable housing is key to bringing equity to disadvantaged communities. In Boston, the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) design guidelines are pushing affordable housing with strict requirements that are equal to Passive House performance standards.
Keihly will look at two similarly sized multi-family affordable housing projects that took different approaches to systems selections, and the architectural opportunities and constraints that drove those decisions. Going beyond the enclosure, she will discuss the roadmap of decision making that forms the project scope. She will examine the tools, policy changes, and processes that have made achieving Passive House easier, as well as touch on the funding mechanisms that made the development viable.
Keihly is an architect, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), urbanist, civic innovator, optimist, solutionist, artist, maker, weather lover, waste hater, and bicyclist.
Keihly has a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University and a Dual Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She cares about making communities more efficient, both in terms of energy use and urban design principles to achieve healthy, walkable, enjoyable places. Most recently, she has spent the last 7 years at Studio G Architects in Jamaica Plain, where she works on affordable housing and school projects.