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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.


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Past Events

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...
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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