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August 1, 2017
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Cecil Baker + Partners Grows its Passive House Expertise

By Mary Tasillo
Cecil Baker + Partners recognizes Christopher Blakelock, who has earned distinction as a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Cecil Baker + Partners recognizes Christopher Blakelock, AIA, NCARB, Partner, who has earned distinction as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) through Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), the leading North American passive building training provider.

PHIUS is committed to making high-performance passive building the mainstream market standard. CPHC training is the only passive building training program tailored to North America’s unique climate variations, market conditions and building components.

An architect with more than 20 years of experience, Chris has worked on a wide range of projects serving public and private clients, non-profit groups, neighborhood organizations and institutions of higher learning. His residential experience ranges from custom, single-family homes to affordable, multi-unit housing. He confidently guides the collaborative process from pre-design though construction and enjoys interweaving the goals of the Client with each project’s distinct site constraints, code regulations, and cost restrictions.

Chris joined Cecil Baker + Partners in 1998. He currently serves as chair of the AIA Philadelphia City / L&I Committee and recently joined the Asian Arts Initiative Board of Directors. He is a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and Building Industry Association, as well as a volunteer for the Community Design Collaborative.

With Chris’ guidance, Cecil Baker + Partners designed Gaudenzia’s Tioga Family Center, a highly energy efficient affordable housing facility designed to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s latest sustainability requirements. As one of the first projects under PHFA’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Program to achieve this level of efficiency, Tioga Family Center was designed to substantially reduce the long-term energy imprint of the building, resulting in utility bill savings for residents and the environmental benefits of reduced energy use. It is currently under construction in North Philadelphia.

Cecil Baker + Partners is an architecture firm providing design services to governmental, educational, institutional and private sector clients. Established in 1982 and based in Philadelphia, the firm's services include feasibility studies, programming, design of new structures, adaptive reuse of existing structures, and interior design.

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