The new 45,500-square-foot residence hall at Wheaton Collage in Massachusetts is the first large-scale college residence hall in New England to meet the Passive House standard. The L-shaped residence hall features 178 beds for students and a 2,000-square-foot common space for programs and events including gaming competitions, meetings, yoga classes and miniconferences.
We provided passive house consulting, whole building energy modeling, building envelope and structural design services to Spagnolo Gisness & Associates for the residence hall, which was completed in 2019.
- The building design uses 70 percent less energy than a building built to current codes and is targeting a site Energy Use Intensity of 20 kBtu/st/yr.
- The building is designed to meet PHIUS+ certification and perform more than 50 percent better than the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 standard.
- To achieve these goals, the team is using highly insulated airtight construction methods, R-32 walls, R-50 roofs, high performance triple glazed windows, high performance triple glazed curtainwall, optimized exterior shading and high-efficiency heating, cooling and lighting systems.
- The building was designed and constructed with a girder slab framing system, a steel-and-precast-concrete system prefabricated and then assembled on site.