• Dec 9, 2020
  • Virtual

When: Wednesday, December 09, 2020, 11:20am – 12:20 PM

The residential building industry has made incredible progress toward sustainability and energy efficiency goals. At the same time, senior Green Rater and Registered Architect Steve Klocke finds many new buildings under-performing because designers continue to make SIMPLE, AVOIDABLE MISTAKES. Decisions made in the office have a snowball effect throughout the lifetime of a building. Smart design choices yield buildings that are easier to build, resulting in lower costs, more predictable construction schedules, and higher quality buildings. The inspections, testing and commissioning are more successful, and most importantly, a building that incorporates smart design decisions is more valuable to owners and occupants. 


Based on lessons he learned certifying over 1,500 dwelling units over the past ten years, Steve Klocke will present the TOP TEN DESIGN MISTAKES being made over and over again – and how to avoid them.


  • List the top ten design mistakes by architects and engineers that decrease constructability, affordability and quality of multifamily housing
  • Choose design choices from a selection of scenarios that increase energy efficiency, building durability, occupant health and affordability
  • Justify design alternatives to clients and contractors in terms of energy, durability, health and budget
  • Develop a checklist to help you make design choices that increase energy efficiency, building durability, occupant health and affordability on future projects

Steve Klocke Headshot


Steve Klocke, Senior Sustainability Consultant with Steven Winter Associates, and a registered architect with 19+ years of experience in architectural design and building science consulting in residential buildings. Steve provides comprehensive green building certification support for the LEED® for Homes, ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS programs with a focus on low-rise multi-unit new construction and gut rehabs.



This on-line event is sponsored by The Center for Sustainable Development, a not-for-profit organization that promotes ideas and methodologies to raise the level of sustainability in the built environment. We are delighted to support public awareness and education for better understanding of how we can move our buildings and our grid together to a zero carbon footprint


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