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5th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is hosting the 5th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference (RBDCC) on March 4-6, 2020 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania.

This paper submission-based conference provides a forum for researchers, architects, engineers, other design professionals, product manufacturers, builders, developers, and code officials to discuss challenges to sustainable, energy efficient, healthy, environmentally friendly, natural hazard resistant, and affordable residential construction, and share recent research findings, state-of-the-art technologies, and innovative projects and approaches in the field. 

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed. Note: you should have received a follow-up email of your abstract acceptance or rejection. If you have not received an email, please email Conference Secretariat Sarah Klinetob Lowe (slowe@engr.psu.edu) to confirm your abstract was received.

Experts from academia, A/E design firms, builders, developers, manufacturers, and government and code officials were cordially invited to submit 200-300 word abstracts. Abstracts were due by April 15, 2019 on all aspects of residential buildings to our Easychair site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2020rbdcc


A current list of submitted abstracts and draft session groupings will be posted in late June. The final schedule and list of presenters will be available in January 2020.


Registration will open in October 2019. More details including pricing and accommodations can be found here.

Keynote Speakers

Professor David Prevatt, Ph.D., PE, FASCE
Associate Professor of Civil & Coastal Engineering, Associate Director NSF - NHERI Experimental Facility, University of Florida
Wind Hazard Resilient Residential Communities—When Engineering Isn’t Enough

Lois B. Arena, PE
Director, Passive House Services, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Passive House: A Proven Path Toward Resilient, Affordable & Energy Efficient Housing



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304

E-mail: phrc@psu.edu