Thursday Schedule

The second day of the conference, Thursday, March 5, will focus on topics related to resiliency, building envelope, innovation, passive house, prefab / modular, materials, building science education, and more.

Keynote Speaker

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


Day 2 presentations on Thursday will feature five concurrent tracks. View the tentative schedule here.

  • 7:15am
    • Breakfast
  • 7:30am
    • Registration Opens
  • 8:30-8:45am
    • Welcome by Brian Wolfgang, Associate Director of the PHRC
  • 9:00-10:30am
    • Introduction by Dr. Ali Memari, Professor and Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction at Penn State, and Director of the PHRC
    • Opening Remarks by Christopher Rahn, Associate Dean for Innovation and J. “Lee” Everett Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State
    • Keynote by Lois B. Arena
  • 10:30-10:45am
    • Break with snacks
  • 10:45am-12:15pm
    1. Session D
  • 12:15-1:15pm
  • 1:15-2:45pm
    1. Session E
  • 2:45-3:00pm
    • Break with snacks
  • 3:00-4:30pm
    1. Session F

Relax & Unwind Downtown sponsored by the Penn State / UNECE Global Building Network

  • 6:30pm-?

Explore and connect for a casual evening in downtown State College! Join conference attendees and the PHRC staff for appetizers at the new Hyatt Lounge from 6:30-8:30pm with the first drink on us. Afterwards, keep your networking going at one of State College’s numerous downtown hot spots. Scheduled bus transportation at 6:00pm or 6:45pm to and from downtown will be provided, or easily catch an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or hotel shuttle to and from downtown around your own schedule. Appetizers, the first drink, and bus transportation to & from the event are included in your conference registration! RSVP is required with bus time selection in your conference registration.

Penn State is coordinating the development of the Global Building Network (GBN) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The Global Building Network is a part of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) at Penn State delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems.

Note: please remember to bring your ID!

Cost: Included with 3-day RBDCC Registration, $50 for 1-day RBDCC Registration



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