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6th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is hosting the 6th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference (RBDCC) on March 2-3, 2022 at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania, USA. Participation will be in person.

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

Abstract submission is closed. View the Announcement and Call for Abstracts for a complete overview of the conference. Learn more about submission details for the conference.

Experts from academia, A/E design firms, builders, developers, manufacturers, and government and code officials are cordially invited to submit 200-300 word abstracts. With a final extension, abstracts were due by May 31, 2021 on all aspects of residential buildings to our Easychair site.


The tenative schedule will be posted in early 2022.


Registration will open in January 2022. During the conference, all participants will be required to follow the latest health guidelines from Penn State. Conference organizers will inform all participants about guidelines before the event.

Keynote Speakers

Wil V. Srubar III, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Founder and Managing Director, Aureus Earth, Inc.
Transforming Buildings into Carbon Sinks

Rusty Smith
Associate Director, Rural Studio
Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture
Rural Studio: What Does Affordable, High-Performance Housing Truly Afford?

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6th RBDCC (2022)




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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