Carefirst Animal Hospital Becomes the first Passive House Animal Hospital in the World

Carefirst Oberlin is a 45,000 sq.ft. animal hospital in Raleigh, NC. The facility has become the first Passive House certified animal hospital in the world. Equipped with kennels, cat boarding, surgeries and operating rooms, ventilation was the major challenge in this building! We were lucky to work with a deeply committed and passionate owner and […]

Cool Lane opens in Richmond

Virginia Supportive Housing have finished and opened Cool Lane in Richmond. This 86 unit building will house homeless and VSH’s headquarter offices. Read more here.

Anatomy of a deep energy retrofit – tackling the masonry mid rises of the 70s.

Like many of its contemporaries the Colonial 2 apartment building was an uninsulated energy guzzler. Prior to the energy crisis in 1973, most buildings in the US were constructed with little or no insulation. Still in service today, many of these buildings are huge energy consumers that provide poor comfort to their occupants.  With no […]

Staengl Engineering Projects Win Phius Awards

We are excited to announce that two of our projects were honored at the 2023 Phius Convention. The Community Development Award was given to 2nd and Delaware, a 276-unit multifamily building in Kansas City. The collaborative design team consisted of Staengl Engineering, Arnold Development Group, and Jeffrey M White Architect. Additionally, Ellie Passivehaus, a 66-unit […]

Passive House on the Horizon

Faircliff Plaza, a 122-unit affordable housing apartment building in downtown Washington, DC, recently celebrated its topping out ceremony, signaling the progress of an upcoming Passive House affordable housing project. Beyond its commitment to Passive House certification, the project boasts an array of eco-friendly features including green roofs, solar photovoltaic arrays, and high-performance HVAC and plumbing […]

2nd and Delaware featured on The Build Show

The “World’s Largest Passive House” – 2nd and Delaware was featured in two parts on The Build Show. Check it out for details on this ground breaking project: Part I – Part II

New York Recognizes its Buildings of Excellence

We are honored that two of our projects have been recognized by the NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Awards! The Colonial II Apartments was designed with Beacon Communities Services LLC, Rida Architecture, and New Ecology, Inc. This redevelopment plans to achieve Net-Zero Energy and Carbon through a combination of on-site geothermal wells for heating and cooling, […]

Sustainable Cider Arrives in New York

We are pleased to congratulate Seminary Hill Cidery & River Architects on their PHIUS+ 2018 Certification! These apple & pear cider-making masters have added an ultra energy-efficient mixed timber and masonry round-floor production facility with a top-floor tasting room and event space to their beautiful Callicoon, NY site. The building resides atop 12 growing acres […]

From Synagogue to Sustainable Housing – North Negley Residences Get a PHIUS+ Refresh

Authorized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and partially-funded by the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Agency (PHFA) including low-income housing tax credits, the century-old former synagogue recently received a thoughtful rehabilitation led by Beacon Communities in partnership with Desmone Architects. The PHIUS+ pre-certified project is nearly 85% affordable housing and its stunning rotunda (1923) pictured […]