Bronwyn Barry

Design Director, One Sky Homes


Ms. Barry was educated in South Africa, the UK and the USA and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Natal-KwaZulu. She completed post-graduate studies in Architecture at UC Berkeley and currently works as the Design Director at One Sky Homes, a Silicon Valley Passive House and Net Zero Energy Design|Build firm.  In addition to building design, Bronwyn has worked in product development.  She designed one of the first Passive House Certified windows in the US for Wooden Window of Oakland, California, and is a co-developer of a new PHPP optimizer software service, PDTPassivhaus.

Bronwyn is a Certified Passive House Designer and founding member of both Passive House California (PHCA) and the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN).  She served as the chair of the Passipedia Committee for the International Passive House Association (iPHA) and currently serves as the Co-President of PHCA and the NAPHN.

 In 1995 she was recognized with a Citizen of Achievement Award by the Mt. Diablo Women’s League for her leadership of the first Habitat for Humanity All-Women Construction Crew.  Her architectural designs and projects have been recognized with multiple awards. Most notably, One Sky Homes was recently was presented with the 2014 Innovation Award, Grand Winner, in the Custom Home Builders category by the US Department of Energy.

 Ms. Barry is widely recognized for her Passive House advocacy work and her dynamic presentations focused on Passive House-related topics. She is regularly invited to present at local, national and international Passive House gatherings.

 When Bronwyn is not encouraging architects, planners and builders to aim for high performance building, she can be found cycling around San Francisco, or hanging out on Twitter, connecting with the global Passive House community. Her guilty pleasure is travelling.  (She is looking forward to the day that Elon Musk gets around to designing a zero emissions commercial airplane so she can indulge this habit without the carbon guilt).


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