Affordable Multi-Family Built to High Performance Standards

exterior of building

Event Date: 

Friday, April 26, 2019
Portland, ME

CEU Information: 

CEUs: 3.0 AIA LU/HSW; certificates of attendance provided to all attendees

$25 Members/$35 Non-Members

This tour featured Parris Terraces, a new project providing Portland, ME with 23 units of affordable housing. The tour happened as the build was nearing completion, giving attendees the opportunity to see the progress of the project in its final stages.

Kaplan Thompson Architects, the firm behind Parris Terraces, hosted the event, which included an opening presentation, a tour with project experts, and a closing reception/Q&A. Parris Terraces is a unique effort to create affordable homeownership in the City of Portland. The project creates twenty-three new homes that are affordable to people making up to 120% of median income without any subsidies, either local, state or federal. A goal of Passive House air tightness, continuous insulation and right sized mechanical systems make this project the most efficient condominium project ever built in the city of Portland. Event attendees learned about the design decisions and building strategies that make this possible.

Project Details

  • Units: 23
  • Square Footage: 15,000
  • Type of Construction: New - Still Under Construction
  • Units designed to maximize fresh air and natural light with oversized windows and a full balcony with direct open-air access
  • Exterior finishes include Maine white cedar at the first level and at the balconies, with painted fiber cement clapboard


Tentative Schedule

12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA

1:10 PM

Overview of the project by the host

2:00 PM

Tour of project begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes back at initial meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


If you have questions about this event, you can contact Florence at or 413-774-6051 x10

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