Virtual Citizen Participation Meeting - World's First Living Building & Passive Multi-family, GreenHome Institute, May 7, 2020 from 4:30-6pm EDT

  • 7 May 2020
  • Start time : 04:30 PM
  • End time : 06:00 PM
  • Event Host : GreenHome Institute
Living Building & Passive House Multi-family Building, Green Building
Event Description

This webinar is a specific Ann Arbor Michigan Citizen Participation meeting aimed to introduce the project to the public and solicit commentary for the City of Ann Arbor’s planning process. However, anyone outside of Ann Arbor can come and learn!

Doug Selby, Co-Founder of Meadowlark Design+Build, has announced plans to re-build a rental home at 530 N. Division Street in Ann Arbor that is planned to be certified by two world’s most rigorous environmental building program.

This 4-unit rental home in the Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor is a remodel and addition to an existing home. 


The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a rigorous program through the International Living Futures Institute ( This program will require that the building produce more energy than it uses, responsibly manages water, achieve zero net waste in the building process, and uses only products that are nontoxic throughout the manufacturing and supply chain. The site must add to native biodiversity, even on a small city lot. This program makes buildings that are not just “less bad,” but truly regenerative and restorative.



This building will also become Michigan’s first multi-family Passive Building and first retrofit project certified by the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS, Built to the most rigorous standards, a certified Passive Building generally uses 80%-90% less energy than a code-built project for heating and cooling.

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • American Institute of Architects - AIA (HSW) 
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable

Lessons Learned

  • Review the basics of the Living Building Challenge and Passive House 
  • Articulate how healthier high-performance design can apply to small urban apts
  • Know more about how the welfare of occupants and the community are improved 
  • Understand safe and efficient renovation choices for our housing stock


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • GreenHome Institute
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Instructor: Doug Selby Co Founder - Meadowlark

      Building science expert and co-founder of Meadowlark Builders, Doug attended Michigan State University and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry. After working as a pharmaceutical chemist and cancer researcher for 7 years, Doug left the profession in 1998 to become a carpenter, learning all trades while remodeling rental houses.

      During the early and mid-90’s, Kirk Brandon and Doug also founded and ran a woodworking company in Ann Arbor, where they honed their appreciation for fine craftsmanship. Doug and Kirk co-founded Meadowlark Builders in 2004, drawing on their previous experience in both business and the trades.

      Doug spent several years studying primitive living skills, and enjoys cooking, growing food and trying to keep up with his kids.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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