Assistant Project Architect/Manager Position Available

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Position: Assistant Project Architect/Manager

BluPath is seeking an experienced architect with a passion to learn about Passive House Standard. We request the following qualifications:

  • B Arch or M Arch degree.
  • Working toward Registration.
  • 5 years of experience in an architectural firm.
  • Strong design portfolio showing understanding of sustainable and passive building design principles.
  • Excellent technical, documentation and detailing skills. Experience with REVIT, AutoCad LT, Sketchup and Microsoft Office Suite a must.
  • Strong 3D modeling and rendering skills.
  • Experience with or aptitude to learn Passive House energy modeling software: PHPP v8 or above, WUFI      Passive, WUFI, and THERM.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Please email your resume and a PDF of your best work (no larger than 4MB) to or link to your online portfolio. Submissions without work examples will not be considered.

BluPath, a small award winning WBE firm, offers a unique opportunity for hands on training in the world’s most rigorous energy standard from an area leader in the field. We seek out mission driven clients and design to help our clients and communities thrive. We specialize in high performance residential, multifamily, and non-profit projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We also develop and manage the construction of local projects in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Italian Market Passive House Blog #1 – Soft Soil

The old 7-Up Warehouse in the Italian Market

Welcome to the first of many blog posts that will outline the construction process for our Italian Market Passive House Project.

Our design called for a two story residence to be built above the old 7-Up warehouse in the Italian Market district of Philadelphia. The existing 80 year old steel structure holding up the roof was deemed insufficient by our structural engineer, and the geotechnical report on the soil below showed that the soil is very soft. A new steel structure with spread footers was designed to provide a sturdy base for the new house above. The existing heart pine roof trusses were salvaged from the roof demolition to be refinished into stair treads and a dining table in the new house. Check back soon to read our next post covering air sealing at the party walls and sequencing the installation of the air vapor barriers.

Building Section

The old 7-Up Warehouse in the Italian Market

Demolition of the existing slab, the roof and steel structure will also be removed.

Excavation of the soft soil to make room for the spread footers

Spread footer forms

Spread footer pour

New Steel Structure

New Steel Structure

BluPath Presents! 11th Annual NAPHC 2016


BluPath Design is proud to announce that we will be presenting at three break out sessions during the 11th Annual North American Passive House Conference here in Philadelphia.  Haven’t registered yet? Don’t miss out by registering now! Register Here!

On Friday, September 23 at 10AM you can catch Laura Blau, BluPath’s Principal, and Paul Thompson, Principal at IEI Group and one of BluPath’s founding principals, presenting  “Maze to Matrix: Retrofit Challenges – A 4-Unit Townhouse Development.”

Case Studies: Passive Retrofits

“Maze to Matrix: Retrofit Challenges – A 4-Unit Townhouse Development”

Location: Orchestra Room, Double Tree Hotel, 237 South Broad St, Philadelphia


Later that day at 4:00pm you can catch Laura Blau, presenting “Designing the Passive Future” along side David Peabody, Alan Barlis, and Laura Biggs.

Architects & Practitioners Hootenanny: Business and Aesthetics

“Designing the Passive Future”

Location: Aria Room, Double Tree Hotel, 237 South Broad St, Philadelphia


On Saturday, September 24 at 12:30pm Laura Blau and Kevin Davey from BluPath, Chris Hanson of Hanson Fine Building, and Juan Levy of Future Fit Building will be presenting “Up on the Roof – An Italian Market Passive House.”

Passive House Case Studies: Single Family

“Up on the Roof – An Italian Market Passive House”

Location: Orchestra Room, Double Tree Hotel, 237 South Broad St, Philadelphia


The Italian Market Passive House is also featured in the Passive Projects Tour on Sunday, September 25. Unfortunately the tour is full booked at this time, but you are able to join the waiting list by registering here: Registration: Passive Projects Tour.

We hope to see many new and old faces at the North American Passive House Conference over the next few days. Don’t forget to register! Registration – NAPHC 2016