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5th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center hosted 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 provided 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. 

View the program, proceedings, and presentations from the 2020 RBDCC here.


Check out the tentative schedule here for all three days of the conference.


Keynote Speakers

Professor David O. 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