Paul A. Knight

Photograph Paul Knight

Paul Knight has dedicated the vast majority of his 40-year career as a licensed architect to creating healthy, sustainable, and energy-efficient housing. He frequently provides technical and architectural consulting services to federal, state, and city government agencies working to improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing. Paul founded Domus PLUS, a residential energy-efficiency consulting firm, in 1994.

Paul’s significant accomplishments through Domus PLUS include:

  • Incorporating energy-efficient and sustainable building techniques into the new development and rehabilitation of affordable housing, as a technical consultant for the Affordable Housing New Construction Program, sponsored by ComEd (formerly sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity); participating since the program’s inception in the rehabilitation of 4,674 multi-family units, the construction of 7,729 new multi-family units, and the development of 1,944 new single-family homes.
  • Developing weatherization standards for the Illinois Office of Energy Assistance’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program; creating architectural, mechanical, and health and safety standards, including diagnostic testing standards for air leakage, duct leakage, zone pressure and combustion safety testing.
  • Providing training in the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program; classes include Building Fundamentals, Building Assessment, Crew Leader certification and Contractor Blower Door and Air Sealing workshops.
  • Providing mold, moisture, and energy assessments to Native American Housing Authorities, through the Building Research Council of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; conducting more than 30 site inspections; making recommendations to improve energy efficiency and solve moisture problems.
  • Prior to founding Domus PLUS, Paul served as a research architect at the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was involved with providing residential technical assistance during his sixteen years at the Center.

Paul holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Miami University.