2017 New Gravity Housing Conference

Climate Change and the Imperative of High Performance Affordable Housing
Temple University, Science Education and Research Center, 1801 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Thu, 08/03/2017 - 9:00am - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:00pm
The New Gravity: Climate Change and the Imperative of High Performance Affordable Housing
The reality of climate change will fundamentally alter the way buildings are designed, built, and operated in the coming decades. At the same time, the need for quality affordable housing that can withstand increasingly extreme and volatile weather continues to grow. Building healthy, safe, and accessible places to live that will both limit and adapt to climate impacts is a key challenge for the 21st century. 
This two-day conference will explore the tools, techniques, and practices that the building community is using to address this challenge. Key topics include lessons learned from the first 7 PHFA funded Passive House projects, resolving conflicts between funder-required energy benchmarking systems, optimizing pro formas for high performance affordable housing, and much more! Attendees will have access to hands on workshops, technical trainings, research-based lectures, building and neighborhood tours, and networking with industry leaders. This conference is informed by the PHFA Project, an effort to scale the adoption of high performance affordable housing across the country. 
Tickets and Sponsorship

Early bird tickets are on sale now through Friday, June 30th. On Saturday, July 1st, tickets will be $50 for members and $100 for non-members. The student/government/non-profit ticket price will be $25, and will open on Saturday, July 1st. 

Event Cost:



Thank You To Our Sponsors


Intus Windows

Ventacity Systems

Session topics will include: 
  • Mechanics of Affordable Housing
  • Dialing In and Penciling Out: Optimizing design and making the pro forma work
  • The Trim Tab Effect
  • Housing Finance Agency Roundtable  
Thank you to everyone who submitted a session proposal. Selections will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Jonathan F.P. Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC

Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. In 1989, Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm, as a leading green urban solutions provider. Rose is a thought leader in affordable housing, smart growth and the cognitive and social sciences of environmental behaviors. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016 and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center.