This webinar is no longer available.

“Dense, Energy-Efficient, Affordable Housing” was presented at the A’19 MN Conference on November 13, 2019 and sponsored by the Minnesota Concrete Council. The program was recorded and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar.

Seminar description

New York City is the densest city in the country and because of its density, has the lowest carbon footprint per capita of any city in the US. There is a growing need to increase city density in order to house a growing population, and a need to do so in a low-carbon manner. This presentation will show eight examples (four complete at the time of the presentation) of affordable Passive House (PH) projects including the largest PH project in North America. We will also discuss a new concept in family shelter design to show other low-carbon footprint solutions to additional housing issues.


Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, is a partner of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP in New York City. He has over 35 years of professional experience in planning, urban design, institutional, and housing projects with expertise in affordable and mixed income housing, resiliency, and green design. Mark has led C+GA’s efforts on developments that comprise well over 12,000 units of housing. Mark is a past president of the AIA New York Chapter, a board member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) Board of Trustees and is president of Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council.

Learning objectives

  1. Explain how our carbon footprints can be reduced though density, which in turn decreases greenhouse gas emissions and positively impacts climate change,
  2. Explain how using Passive House design, a high-energy-efficiency model, can be applied to multi-family residential buildings.
  3. Examine the design and construction elements of the Passive House model as well as other low-carbon footprint solutions for dense, affordable, housing needs.
  4. Examine strategic design systems including envelope – insulated concrete forms, air vapor barrier detailing, windows; ERV centralized vs unitized; VRF systems and alternatives.


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 HSW LU Hours.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the link and password to access the webinar 
  • View the 1.5 hour webinar and then complete the 10-question quiz (must score 80% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and credits will be recorded to AIA member transcripts


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.