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7th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is hosting the 7th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference (RBDCC) in person on March 27-28, 2024 at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. It provides a forum for researchers, design professionals, product manufacturers, builders, developers, and more to discuss opportunities and challenges to advance the quality of and to introduce innovations in residential construction.

The paper submission-based event focuses on dissemination of recent research & development results and findings; state-of-the-art technologies; materials, methods, and code developments; emerging materials, components, and systems for residential construction; and new approaches in the field. This technical, research-focused conference will include various types of residential buildings such as single-family dwellings; multi-family, multi-story apartment buildings; mid-rise and high-rise residential building towers; factory-built and modular housing; dormitories; and hotels/motels.

The RBDCC will be held concurrently with the 2024 PHRC Housing Conference, an industry-focused conference.

Keynote Speakers

Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED AP, CPHC, Design Futures, NIBS Fellow
University Professor, Paul Mellon Chair
School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Environmental Surfing at Home for a Resilient Future

Graham Finch, Dipl.T, MASc, PEng
Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist
RDH Building Science Inc.
Lessons in the Development of Innovative Prefabricated Façades for Mass Timber Buildings

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is open until May 15, 2023 (date extended). View the Announcement and Call for Abstracts for a complete overview of 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 to the conference Easychair site.

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7th RBDCC (2024)

  • In Person | March 27-28, 2024


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