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Home sweet home. People who design and build residential projects meet up to look at topics like energy-efficient green homes, custom homes, building codes related to single- and two-family dwellings, and helpful technologies. Look for residential design workshops at the BSA's Architecture Boston Expo each fall, too.

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Files associated with past meetings can be downloaded from the Residential Design Committee Dropbox.

Committee Chairs
Ellen Perko AIA /
Michael O'Connell /
The Residential Design Committee is part of the Design Commission.

Upcoming Events

March 20, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
How Cut Affects Appearances of Wood Flooring Join us for a discussion on a variety of aspects of wood flooring presented by Chris Zizza, industry...


Building Science and Efficiency for Residential Buildings Wood Stoves-Fireplaces in High Performance Homes are Bad News -...
Our committee is co-sponsoring a design award program for small firms. Structures or buildings of all project types built...

Past Events

February 20, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Mind Over Money: A New Perspective on Money and Planning for Your Future

On February 20th, we will have a presentation that is a bit different - but one that will likely be interesting to many of you.  Andrew Guyton, principal at The Guyton Group, will lead a casual conversation about how to put together a strategic plan for your financial future.  He will take some time to debunk common financial myths and will discuss considerations Small Business Owners should think about as their business grows.

Please join us for a presentation on the "business" side of architecture.

Our learning objectives are:

  • Debunking Financial Myths
  • Common Mistakes of the Small Business Owner
  • Considerations of Small Business Owners as their Business Grows
  • How to Assemble a High Performing Team of Advisors

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available.

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January 16, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Window Installation Best Practices

Chuck Monteforte from Andersen Windows, Inc. will be joining us for our first meeting in the new year. Chuck will provide information about window installation from the perspective of the Architect and Design professional. Rather than a “how-to” installation training course, information is presented in a format that begins with specifications and detail drawings and ends with what to look for during job site observation. The slides follow through the stages in the order that a typical project would progress; highlighting key areas where the architect/design professional can take more of a lead role in the successful design and installation of this critical element in the building envelope.

When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Specify window installation methods and materials that are best suited for each project’s exterior wall design.
  • Design details that will allow the installed windows to perform as intended, and as required for the project.
  • Provide valuable guidance to the project team throughout the installation process.
  • Identify job site best practices that will minimize impact on schedule, budget and product performance.

1.5 LU/HSWs are provided by the speaker.

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December 19, 2017 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Acoustics in Residential Projects

Have you ever been asked by a homeowner to address issues related to noise - noisy neighbors in a condominium building, traffic noise outside of their home, even controlling sound between spaces within the house?

Please join us as Jeff Fullerton of Intertek address these issues and more. The discussion will cover acoustics in residential projects (both single family and multi-family). We will start with people's perception of sound & privacy. Then four typical acoustical concerns for residences will be reviewed: exterior noise isolation, interior sound isolation, equipment noise levels and interior room acoustics. The topics highlight how the architectural design influences these factors to benefit the occupants' sense of comfort and privacy.

Jeff is the department manager for Acoustics, Building Science Solutions at Intertek, with decades of experience consulting with architects on challenging acoustic issues.

This course has been approved for HSW credit for those who qualify.

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November 21, 2017 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Building Science and Efficiency for Residential Buildings

How will Energy Code changes effect your next house design?
At our next meeting, Bijan KHosraviani from A9 Green and Total Energy Design will review the specifics of Building Science and how this contributes to Energy Efficiency. Attendees will learn about HERS Ratings, Energy Modeling, TBC, Blower Door testing, Duct leakage, Ventilation testing and how all of this applies to the 2017 MA Energy Code. Also Bijan will inform us of the Massachusetts Incentives New Construction Program.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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October 17, 2017 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Designing with Tile - Choosing the Right Products and Methods

Ignacio Castillo from Porcelanosa USA/Boston will present a comprehensive look at how tile is made, what different types of tile products are available and the advantages of using tile over other surface finishes. He will discuss how to avoid problems with stone and tile installations while designing and selection products for various applications.

After attending this session, you will know how to correctly specify materials & installation methods for various uses, substrates, and exposures, as well as what resources and standards to reference so that you get a durable installation that looks great!
It is registered for credits with AIA, ASID, IIDA, and IDC!

For those who qualify, 1 LU/HSW is available.

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