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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 /
The Residential Design Committee is part of the Architectural Design Commission.


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Our committee is co-sponsoring a design award program for small firms. Structures or buildings of all project types built...

Past Events

July 13, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Residential Design Committee Summer Fling Friday, July 13th, is your lucky day! There will be 4 presentations focused on Residential Design,...
July 13, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
How to Specify Door Hardware Welcome to the Residential Design Committee Summer Fling! Over the next several hours you will be able to learn about...
June 5, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

How to Design/Build Projects that Last

This month's presentation will focus on building envelope - factors that affect the durability of wood on the exterior of a house. Antoinette Birknes from WindsorONE will discuss how we can increase the durability of the exterior envelopes that we design - so that we are designing envelopes that are healthy for the home. She will review best installation practices so that we can avoid mistakes. Antoinette will evaluate different method to use to increase the durability of the wood products used, discussing the differences between popular wood treatment methods and how these affect the wood.

For those who qualify, the presenter will provide 1 HSW credit.

Today's breakfast is complements of WindsorONE.

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May 15, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Sustainable Forestry/SFI Program

Russell Chapman, Sierra Pacific, will be here to review the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program(SFI). The presentation details history, membership and qualification into the SFI standard and what it means to have that certification. Included will be discussion about how our forests help to sequester carbon from our atmosphere while providing a renewable source of fiber that can be used in a multitude of ways. Using wood is the sustainable choice. Also LEED v4 also now recognizes SFI as an ACP (Alternative Compliance Path) to FSC certified wood on a project. Please join us to learn more about how to use wood in the most sustainable way.

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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...
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