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Passive house design seeks to use simple and inexpensive methods to reduce home energy consumption by 90%. The methods are based on building research conducted in the U.S and Canada and refined by German building scientists. Rather than using exotic and expensive mechanical systems, or incorporating unappealing aesthetic elements into building design, today passive house design is virtually invisible and only modestly increases the cost of construction, often less than 10% of the overall construction cost. Hicks Stone, a practicing Roxbury-based architect and a certified passive house designer, reviews the principles of passive house design, and discusses how these can be easily incorporated into both new and existing building construction. When put into practice, the cost of heating and cooling buildings will be dramatically reduced.


Hicks Stone is the founder and principal of Stone Architecture, LLC located in New York City area.  He worked as a senior designer in the office of Philip Johnson and John Burgee Architects. Stone received his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His firm’s principal focus is the design of single and multi-family residential housing, retail boutiques for luxury brands and cultural facilities. Stone is a son of the late American architect, Edward Durell Stone, and has written the first biography and monograph of his father for Rizzoli, “Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect”.

Meets at Salisbury Town Hall, 2nd floor