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Ferrum College will host event at CEED
Event will feature builder Adam Cohen and professor John Richardson
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Courtesy Photo: Adam Cohen, architect and designer of the CEED, will be one of the speakers in a program to be held at CEED on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ferrum College will host its first event at the Gereau Center on Thursday.

The event will feature green architect Adam Cohen, who designed the Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED), and the college's adjunct professor John Richardson, who taught at the Gereau Center and helped develop the CEED.

During the 90-minute program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Cohen and Richardson will discuss how Passivhaus design was incorporated into CEED.

Pioneered in Europe, Passivhaus design is among the least expensive and most elegant means of achieving low energy and zero energy buildings.

CEED, a part of the Franklin County school system, is the first public school in the country to use the energy-efficient Passivhaus technology.

During their presentation, Cohen and Richardson will review the building's performance and show the components of the innovative structure that led the U.S. Department of Education to designate the Gereau Center as one of the 79 Green Ribbon Schools in the country.

Richardson and his special topics class on sustainable energy (ESC 390) will host the event.

Professor David Johnson and Gereau Center Principal Kevin Bezy developed the program as part of the college's "Sustainability: More for Less, for All" annual theme programming.

Cohen owns Structures Design Build and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified architect, a certified Passivhaus consultant and the 2012 Virginia Sustainable Building Network Green Designer of the Year.

The event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested. Refreshments will be served.

To make a reservation or request additional information, contact Dr. David Johnson at

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