Tim McDonald of Onion Flats and its affiliated building and manufacturing firms in Philadelphia presented the ambitious and affordable modular approaches his firm is utilizing in a variety of passive house projects for both low-income and market rate housing.
"What struck me about the event," he
observed, "was that we're no longer talking about Passive House
as a 'new', 'European', 'expensive' and 'boutique' approach to designing and thinking about buildings in the US.
It's on the verge of being 'mainstream'!
Noting that passive house principles are "common sense," he
cited Ben Franklin's dictum "The trouble with common sense is that it's not all that common," acknowledging that "we still have much work to do."
Timothy McDonald, RA, CPHC, is the President and CEO of Onion Flats LLC, a Philadelphia based real estate development/design/build firm.
Tim is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
has served a variety of architectural, civic and educational institutions.
Tim's role is Lead Architect and Construction Manager for many of Onion Flats' projects.
In 2005, Tim and his partners have formed a family of related firms including Plumbob, LLC and JIG, Inc., allowing this team to provide full design-build services for both clients and their own developments.