Multifamily buildings forum: Unlocking barriers to high performance

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The Goodman Community Center

214 Waubesa Street

Madison, WI 53704

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Multifamily buildings forum: Unlocking barriers to high performance

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Join us for a special event focused on unlocking barriers to high performance buildings in the multifamily sector. Learn how to integrate success metrics such as lease rates, tenant retention, brand appeal and more into your decision-matrix. You will discover simple, integrated design strategies and technologies to pursue deeper energy efficiency while improving comfort and tenant satisfaction.

Hear from local and regional experts, as well as real estate developers, who successfully achieve greater sustainability in market-rate and affordable multifamily housing sectors. Join the conversation—ask questions and share your experiences and challenges in driving high performance in multifamily buildings.

Whether you’re a developer or designer, you’ll leave with new ideas you can put to work immediately in your business. You will be able to confidently integrate proven methods to increase high performance buildings across your portfolio.


7:30- 8 a.m. - Registration and light breakfast

8 - 8:05 a.m. - Welcome/introductions

  • Syed Abbas, Project Manager, Slipstream

8:05 - 8:10 a.m. - Opening remarks: MGE Net-Zero Carbon Goal and Multifamily Resources

  • Brian Driscoll, Senior Multifamily Services Manager, MGE

8:10 - 8:30 a.m. - Speaking the Right Language

  • Mike Stopka, Associate Principal-Strategic Sustainability, BuroHappold Engineering

When it comes to deeper sustainability in the design, construction and operations of buildings, practitioners often feel real estate developers aren't interested. To be constructive, let's flip this on its head and ask: are we (practitioners) framing the benefits of a high-performance building in the right way? Are we articulating a value proposition that is critical to real estate developers? When advocating sustainability, we must speak the language of those we seek to convince and not our own. Let's explore case studies and communications examples of how to frame and advocate sustainable design effectively.

8:30 - 9 a.m. - Insights to Drive Higher Performance

  • Chris Dillion, President, Campbell Coyle Real Estate
  • Charlene Andreas, Director of Building Development, Latin United Community Housing Association

What do developers consider when making sustainable high performance buildings? Our panel of developers will share challenges and barriers they face, as well as successful solutions for multifamily buildings. Case studies for both the market-rate and affordable housing multifamily buildings will be discussed including Tierra Linda—the first multifamily Passive House in Illinois. Learn more about the award-winning Tierra Linda project.

9 - 9:15 a.m. - Highlights from the Field: Multifamily Passive House Research Study

  • Scott Pigg, Principal Researcher, Slipstream

Passive building is made up of a set of design principles used to attain a rigorous level of energy efficiency within a quantifiable comfort level. This innovative approach is becoming more common among multifamily buildings. Slipstream is monitoring the energy performance and comfort-level of two high performance new construction multifamily properties. The properties are constructed to two different energy efficiency standards—ENERGY STAR and Passive House Institute US. Join us for sneak peek of this research study and learn about the preliminary findings from the first heating season.


9:25 - 9:50 a.m. - Multifamily High Performance Building Design Guide

  • Connor Jansen, Senior Project Manager, Slipstream

Slipstream partnered with the New Buildings Institute to develop a high performance design guide for multifamily buildings. It contains a comprehensive whole-building prescriptive standard for achieving significant, predictable energy savings in new multifamily buildings and major renovations. The standard describes a set of simple, integrated design strategies and building features. Slipstream will provide guidance on these topics and illustrate how to effectively meet these high performance design goals.

9:50 - 10:20 a.m. - Panel Discussion: Leveraging Local Tools and Resources

  • Dorene Schink, Project Manager, Focus on Energy
  • Adam Wagner, Energy Advisor, Focus on Energy
  • Jason Stringer, Program Administrator, PACE Wisconsin
  • Matt Wachter, Manager—Office of Real Estate Services, City of Madison
  • Moderator: Mike Stopka, Associate Principal-Strategic Sustainability, BuroHappold Engineering

Identify local tools and resources that you can take advantage of for your next project to maximize your investment in sustainability. Learn how to leverage financing mechanisms, incentives, technical assistance such as energy modeling and more to drive sustainable design. Find out what’s driving these innovations, along with lessons learned and key challenges on the road to energy efficiency in multifamily buildings.

10:20 - 10:30 a.m. - Closing remarks


  1. Describe innovative approaches to frame high performance multifamily buildings to clients.
  2. Explain economic and success metrics that developers use and value.
  3. Examine market-rate and affordable-housing multifamily case studies on high performance buildings.
  4. Identify high performance multifamily building technologies to achieve energy efficiency goals.
  5. Learn about local tools, resources, and financing mechanisms to maximize your investment in sustainability.


Architects, developers, building owners, landlords, property managers, sustainability managers, engineers, city and community stakeholders, and anyone interested in high performance buildings.


Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

BOC This course offers up to 2.25 points for BOC certified operators.

BOMI This course is approved for 2 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

This course will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.

This course is currently being reviewed by additional continuing education accreditation organizations. Please check back for up-to-date information.



Questions? Please see our FAQ page, email registration@slipstreaminc.org or call 608.210.7103.

All cancellations are subject to a $25 administrative fee. We will refund 50 percent of the registration fee for cancellations received within two weeks of the training. Cancellations made within three business days of the training are nonrefundable. If this program is not held for any reason, our liability is limited to the refund of the program fee.

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