Katie Bennett – A Resilient & Efficient A-Frame: Lessons From an Architect’s Self-Build


June 5, 2024

9:30-10:30 a.m. ET

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW
Washington, DC 20001
Room 146C

Katie Bennett, Project Manager, KTGY

What are the possibilities when an architect and her husband embark on designing and self- building an A-frame in a remote area within a highly sensitive ecosystem?

This seminar will capture the story of a couple who strove for ~80% self-build using the Pretty Good House framework. You’ll witness the challenges, stressors, and results of this build as they aimed high for a self-reliant, energy-efficient design that would endure extreme climate swings, offer wildfire prevention, and achieve safe indoor air quality—all while building within a limited budget.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn from the presenters’ first-hand experience evaluating and selecting green building rating systems to use as a framework for shared project goals.
  2. Explore how to design for resiliency and abundance, even with tight budgets and limited construction abilities.
  3. Examine how a small project can sit lightly in a delicate ecosystem and witness how using a particular framework can change the behavior of end users.
  4. Review options for envelope design and detailing in a quickly changing climate and examine material selection for a lower carbon footprint and good indoor air quality in a tight envelope.