2021 Dec 13

Staengl Engineering is looking to hire qualified Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. Please contact Andrew Wright: for details on current openings.

2021 Mar 15

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, heat pump water heaters, and solar photovoltaic arrays.

In collaboration with Pathstone Corporation, SWBR, and Sustainable Comfort, Inc., the Baird Road Apartments was awarded $1M for its fossil fuel-free systems, use of low-carbon materials, resilient characteristics, and Net-Zero Energy benchmark. Additionally, the building is targeting PHIUS+ 2018, WELL, and Enterprise Green Communities 2020 certifications.

We would like to thank NYSERDA and our fellow team members who continue to challenge building standards and strive for excellence in multi-family housing design.

2021 Mar 03

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 featuring more than 1500 and over 40 varieties of tree. See more details about the build on PHIUS’ official database.

2021 Feb 10

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 above is intended to be used for community activities. PHIUS recently announced the pre-certification and we are thrilled to have worked on this wonderful project.

We are delighted to report the official PHIUS+ certification of our collaboration with Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), the Pioneer Apartments in New Kensington, PA. This mixed-use 36-unit work and living space has been sustainably-designed to benefit its entire community from the get-go. The building sits on a donated lot from the city, is equipped with multiple disability-fitted units, has 60+ integrated public-programs for its residents, and was funded by multiple federal and local tax credit programs. Even before opening local businesses were eager to express their enthusiasm about its expected opening. See the PHIUS announcement here.

2020 Nov 11

ULI’s panel-based webinar will focus on the Garrett Street building here in Charlottesville, VA, highlighting the complexities of designing and constructing all the cool sustainable features going into this project with William McDonough + Partners and Apex Clean Energy. Stop in for the Q&A to find out more about Cville’s first sustainable mass timber building.

2020 Oct 22

We’d like to extend our sincerest congratulations to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency – for their continued success in providing sustainable, affordable homeownership and rental housing options for seniors, low-Income families, and those with special needs. This award was received for our retrofit of the Harrisburg HQ. Check out the dedicated article here! We look forward for the fulfilling and invigorating work to come.

2020 Oct 21

Three separate energy consultants recently teamed up to perform air leakage tests on SE’s 138-Unit 2nd + Del., producing results twice as airtight as needed to achieve Passive House certification! Geek out on the performance numbers above.

2020 Aug 31

Kansas City’s 2nd + Delaware is due to open its doors in November 2020, welcoming its new residents and showcasing a blueprint for buildings of the future. The structure will act not only as a living model of sustainable development, but also as a model for building ethically with the community as the focus. This project features triple glazed windows, 16″ thick insulated walls, a dedicated outdoor air supply system, and variable refrigerant flow.

2020 Aug 30

We are excited to announce that Staengl project, Pax Futura in Seattle, WA, was recently awarded Best Multifamily Project of 2020 by PHIUS. We are thrilled to have worked on this groundbreaking project that proves, yet again, there are healthy and better ways to build!

2020 Aug 10

The Kansas City Business Journal recently published an article highlighting the key features of Staengl Engineering’s & Arnold Development’s 2ND + Delaware Project, showcasing that a building does not have to sacrifice amenities, affordability, or comfort to achieve high energy-efficiency standards. Once completed, 2ND + Delaware will be 330,000 sq. ft. of luxurious but affordable living, making it the largest Passive House-certified building in the world.  The project will include a 34,000 sq. ft central courtyard, a 16,000 sq. ft usable ‘green roof’ for gardening, a saltwater pool, fitness and yoga centers, and multiple electric car-charging stations – all while renting at market rates and using 70%-90% less energy than a typical building of its type. Jonathan Cohn and Jonathan Arnold (leading developers on the project) see this as a “legacy” project, with the intention to build like we once did, designing to “…last hundreds of years” and become an integral part of the community.

2020 Jul 10

The official PHIUS+ Certification of Pax Futura is a a momentous occasion. The mixed-use apartment building developed by local builder Cascade Built serves not only as an outstanding proof of concept, but also proof of scalability and economic viability. Check out a local publication about the project here!

2020 Jul 09

Staengl Engineering is excited to announce our latest passive house project, 24th & Union, coming to downtown Seattle with partners b9 Architects & Cascade Built. The multi-family housing project will feature 100+ high-performance units in the heart of the Central District providing a more comfortable and environmentally sound way to live for residents of the area. The project teams have worked closely with the city to break through the ‘split incentive problem’ and bring a massive energy-reducing project to the city, having already been accepted into the EEaS (Energy Efficiency as a Service) Program.

2020 Feb 22

We invite you to take a detailed (and futuristic) look at our award-winning HITT Co|Lab Center in Washington, DC with this interactive 3D walk-through! Learn about the advanced building technologies implemented and why they were selected for this space.

2020 Feb 21

With construction finishing up in Kansas City, MO, the 2nd + Delaware multi-family project is already making waves! Designed for Passive House certification with Arnold Development and Jeffery White Architects, this 275+ unit project will be the largest of its kind in all North America! Passive House Accelerator recently featured 2nd + Delaware in its Happy Hour Series, highlighting the project as a breakthrough in green building and development. Video coming soon.

2019 Dec 31

Staengl Engineering strives to bring affordable, healthy, and green living to every project – no matter how large or small. PE Chris Fuller embodies this attitude and approach in and out of the office, so we are proud to share news about Chris’ efforts to bring more options for sustainable living to our own communities! Also featured in Cville Tomorrow.

2019 Dec 30

Galen Staengl & David Leetch were honored to present at the 2019 Passive House Institute US Conference. Employees from Staengl Engineering attended the conference this year to network and discuss ‘what’s next’ in ultra-efficient BAS & MEP design. Check out their presentation below.  

2019 Dec 22

SE Senior Mechanical Engineer Chris Fuller received a leadership award from USGBC for his hard work running our local chapter and bringing sustainability-focused professionals together on a monthly basis. Congrats Chris!

2019 Nov 19

We are happy to announce that the Roxbury Apartments building constructed in Johnston, PA has received certification under Phius+ 2015. The 43 unit apartment building was designed by Upstreet Architects, and constructed by Mistick Construction. Read more about the project here.

2019 Oct 18

Apex Clean Energy held a ground breaking ceremony on October 15th for the building that will house their new headquarters in Charlottesville, VA. The 187,000 sq.ft. office building, designed by William McDonough + Partners, and developed by Riverbend Development and Hourigan Development, is targeting Net Zero energy for the Apex tenant space. The mass-timber construction building contains many energy efficient and sustainable features. Read more about the project here.

2019 Jul 18

Simply put, we love our community. This year we decided to volunteer with the Crozet Trails Crew for our bi-annual company retreat and bring some general maintenance and updating to our local trails that give us so much. Thank you CTC for the opportunity!

2019 Jun 30

Staengl Engineering’s HITT Co|Lab Center is the focus of this article from Architecture Daily.

2019 May 08

Hitt Contracting have launched an interactive website for their Co|Lab project; a Net Zero, LBC Petal project in Falls Church, VA. Click here for the link.

2019 Feb 06

Staengl Engineering project Pax Futura is the focus of this article from

2019 Jan 15

Charlottesville Tomorrow outlines the history of this neighborhood in downtown Charlottesville. We are proud to be a part of this critical redevelopment of Friendship Court with Grimm + Parker Architects.

New master plan for the re-development of Friendship Court in downtown Charlottesville.

2018 Dec 31

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!

2018 Dec 11
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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.

Staengl Engineering was proud to work on one of Washington D.C.’s most advanced net-zero energy builds in the Stack Eight Project with Flywheel Development. Check out an article from the NZE Action Bulletin discussing how to scale net-zero projects here! The project also received a dedicated session at the 2019 PHIUS conference.

2018 Aug 17

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.

2018 Feb 13

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.

2017 Oct 05

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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2017 Jul 24

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.”


2017 May 15

UVA celebrated a ribbon cutting for the 126 kW solar array installed on the roof of Clemons Library on April 18th, 2017.  Staengl Engineering is proud to have worked on the project, and hopes it is the first of many for The University.

2016 Jan 26

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.

Read more about ICEhouse and the Circular Economy here:


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Images courtesy of Michelle Amt and McDonough Innovation.

2015 Dec 23

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We are excited to announce that our design of the “Clifton Forge Enrichment Center” won 1st place in the 10th Green Spaces competition. Special thanks and congratulations to our collaborator Greg Jackson of Topia Design!


Check out the project page for more information.


2015 Nov 23

JHES_FacadeThe 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

2015 Aug 11


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.

2015 May 11

Check out this awesome video of the vertical axis wind turbines being lifted into place for the Sustainability TreeHouse!

2014 Aug 05

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 (; the voting period runs from August 4th until August 22nd. Only USGBC members can vote. We appreciate your support.

2013 Dec 17

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 ( 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.

P9B8902_edit-smecoMOD 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.

2013 Jun 27

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

2013 May 26

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

2013 Apr 25

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

2013 Mar 24

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

2013 Feb 23

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.

2013 Jan 23

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

2012 Dec 22

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. 

2012 Nov 21

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. 

2012 Oct 20

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.