The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh recently opened it’s newly renovated Carrick Branch, which was built to Passive House standards. We are proud to have worked on this project with Thoughtful Balance and NK Architects. A library is a perfect fit for Passive House, considering relatively low occupant loading over time, coupled with the need for low operating costs. We hope to see more library systems following the trail blazed by the Carnegie Library!
The new multi-family apartment building at 600 West Main in Charlottesville is coming out of the ground! Energy analysis predicts the building will use 43% less energy than a building built to current energy code.
The Puget Sound Business Journal featured Cascade Built’s Pax Futura project. This 35 unit apartment building will be Seattle’s first Passive House certified apartment building. Staengl Engineering is proud to have been a part of the project. Read more about it here.
The new Hershey Montessori Upper School opened in Huntsburg, OH in February 2018. This energy-efficient and sustainable building is the first school in the Midwest to be constructed to Passive House (PHIUS) standards. Ben Bowman, the school’s facilities manager, explained that the school incorporates numerous cutting-edge energy efficiency enhancements that make it a very special structure. “The building has a remarkably low heating and cooling load because it’s extremely well insulated,” he said. “So, by spending a little more money on the skin, the (climate-control) equipment becomes less expensive over time.” Staengl Engineering provided HVAC and energy consulting through PassivScience, the Passive House consultants for the project. http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20180205/hershey-montessori-school-to-host-grand-opening-at-new-upper-school-in-huntsburg-township
The march of technology has brought buildings that generate just as much power as they annually consume (Net Zero Energy) really close to the mainstream. A team of professionals are developing a roadmap for builders, owners, and designers to make it easier to take the leap to Zero.
Steve Davis is a nationally recognized leader in sustainable design and construction with over twenty years’ experience designing award-winning projects for residential, commercial, government, and institutional clients.
Steve has long been deeply involved in advancing the building community’s understanding of stewardship, conservation, health, and wellness. For his efforts, he was awarded the distinction of LEED Fellow, by the Unites States Green Building Council in 2015. Recently, he has been active working with doctors and public health researchers to integrate evidence-based health strategies into the built environment.
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The Daily Journal of Commerce in Seattle has featured the 3700 Hudson project (Pax Futura).
“Cascade Built broke ground last month on Pax Futura, a 35-unit apartment building in Columbia City that is targeting Passive House certification.
The developer said it received a $55,788 Edwards Mother Earth Foundation Grant to support its ultra-high-performance goals for constructing the four-story building at 3700 S. Hudson St.
The project is expected to be complete in fall 2018.”
UVA celebrated a ribbon cutting for the 126 kW solar array installed on the roof of Clemons Library on April 18th, 2017. http://www.dailyprogress.com/gallery/sun-tribe-solar-array-tops-uva-s-clemens-library/collection_eb79b162-246f-11e7-a7ae-37bd0e830b08.html#1 Staengl Engineering is proud to have worked on the project, and hopes it is the first of many for The University.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mingjie Zhao to the Staengl Engineering design team. Dr. Zhao joins us from Pacific NW National Laboratory, where she researched energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. Dr. Zhao’s background in mechanical engineering, applied statistics and data analytics is ideal for her position as Senior Building Scientist with us.
Conceived by William McDonough and Partners, the ICEhouse pavilion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is designed to be disassembled and reassembled at the next event, reducing waste and use of raw materials. The ICEhouse served as an educational and functional gathering space showcasing an experimental structural system that could be used to build sturdy structures in remote places using affordable local materials.
Staengl Engineering designed the MEP systems to make the ICEhouse comfortable during the snowy January weather in the Alps and we are honored to be part of the project. We wonder where it will pop up next.
Images courtesy of Michelle Amt and McDonough Innovation.
The Virginia School Boards Association’s Exhibition of School Architecture recognized the Jefferson Houston Elementary School project designed by VMDO Architects with the 2015 Platinum Design Award. The award was presented at the VSBA Annual Convention in Williamsburg, VA. Staengl Engineering constructed a detailed energy model of the building and provided energy analysis and consulting services to the design team to help meet the efficiency targets set for the project
In August 2015, the USGBC officially awarded LEED Gold certification to the Jefferson Houston Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. Opened in September 2014, the new 125,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility serves students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Staengl Engineering constructed a detailed energy model of the building and provided energy analysis and consulting services to the design team to help meet the efficiency targets set for the project. Read more here.
Check out this awesome video of the vertical axis wind turbines being lifted into place for the Sustainability TreeHouse!
We are very excited that Staengl Engineering has been nominated for a USGBC Best of Building Award in the category of “Best Engineering Firm – Small”. If you’d like to support us, you can vote here (http://www.usgbc.org/best-of-building); the voting period runs from August 4th until August 22nd. Only USGBC members can vote. We appreciate your support.
In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America made conservation a stronger focus of the organization by introducing a new sustainability merit badge and opening an educational center in the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia (http://www.summitblog.org/). Using the Living Building Challenge as a guide (a rigorous set of construction standards similar to LEED), Seattle-based architecture firm Mithun spearheaded a multidisciplinary team to create a tree house that would turn lessons into an adventure. Sited on a former coal mine, the building features a locally made prefabricated steel megastructure, FSC-certified black locust wood housing, a photovoltaic array, a wind turbine, and a rainwater catchment system. Staengl Engineering provided mechanical design services and energy analysis for the project. http://www.dwell.com/finishing-touch/article/sustainable-educational-center-boy-scouts-america
ecoMOD South, a grant-funded initiative of UVA’s ecoMOD Project, has won Architect Magazine’s 2013 Research & Development Award. In 2011, the ecoMOD project received half of a $2.45 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission to commercialize an adaptation of a home designed by the ecoMOD4 student team in 2009 for Habitat for Humanity. The grant was structured to transform that design into a four-bedroom home that aspires to be the first truly affordable Passive House Standard modular home in the U.S. Achieving Passive House Standard requires rigorous energy simulation and analysis to reach a very low energy target for heating and cooling. Staengl Engineering provided mechanical design for the project. http://www.arch.virginia.edu/resources/ecomod-south-wins-architect-magazine-s-rd-award
The Crossings received the 2012 Virginia Housing Award for the Best Affordable Housing Energy Conservation Effort. The award was presented at the Governor’s conference on Housing at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA on Friday, November 15th. The building is a 60 unit, single room occupancy multi-family building to house low income residents in Charlottesville, VA. Building features included a highly insulated envelope, a high efficiency HVAC system, a 36 kW solar electric array that will provide at least 20% of the buildings electricity needs, and a 900 tube solar hot water heating system that will provide approximately 90% of the buildings hot water heat. Read More About the Project
Dovetail Construction’s New Offices was awarded LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification provided by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The project is also on track to be a Net Zero Energy building. Notable energy features included a super insulated building envelope, high efficiency LED lighting, a high efficiency geothermal heating and cooling design, energy recovery from exhausted ventilation air, and a photovoltaic array to generate power. Read More About the Project
Dovetail Construction’s New Offices was awarded a 2010 Green Innovation award for the Best Commercial Project by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network, at VSBN’s annual meeting. The project is pursuing LEED Platinum level certification, and will eventually be a Net Zero Energy building. Notable energy features included a super insulated building envelope, high efficiency LED lighting, a high efficiency geothermal heating and cooling design, energy recovery from exhausted ventilation air, and a photovoltaic array to generate power. Read More About the Project
The Poquoson Elementary School has achieved a LEED Gold level certification under USGBC’s LEED rating system. The new 80,000 square foot elementary school contains classrooms, break-out spaces, offices, a cafeteria, media center and gymnasium. Notable energy features included passive solar design, geothermal heating and cooling, and energy recovery from exhausted ventilation air. Read Project Description
The Free Union Country School’s New Arts Building design was awarded the Honor award by the James River of the US Green Building Council as a part of the first annual Virginia GoGreen Awards. The New Arts Building’s environmentally sensitive design recieved the top honor at the awards ceremony, which was held at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Center.
The Roanoke Higher Education Center achieved a LEED Gold level certification for its new Claude Moore Education Complex. The renovated complex includes a lecture hall, meeting spaces, and a teaching kitchen which will be operated by the new culinary arts program from Virginia Western Community College. Read Project Description
The Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center was awarded a Merit award by the James River chapter of the US Green Building Council as a part of the first annual Virginia GoGreen Awards. The award was presented at the JRGBC’s award’s luncheon at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Center.
The Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center was awarded a design Merit award by the James River chapter of the AIA. The project is intended to earn a LEED Platinum rating for its environmentally sensitive design, and will be a net energy exporter.
Staengl Engineering was recognized by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network at VSBN’s 10th anniversary celebration. Staengl Engineering was recognized as a leader in the region, promoting energy efficient building design.