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BESF Training: Energy and Passive House Modeling for Terwilliger Plaza Assisted Living Facility

JULY 26, 2023 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Terwilliger Plaza assisted living facility: Employing energy modeling analysis to support a more sustainable and comfortable residential community

Join us for a Building Energy Simulation Forum (BESF) on July 26 to learn about Parkview at Terwilliger Plaza – a new high-rise building that adds 127 independent living apartments to the existing three-building senior living campus. Designed for Passive House© certification, this highly energy efficient building is projected to use 50% less energy than code compliant buildings. The design also includes continuous preconditioned fresh air circulation, resulting in interior spaces that are healthy, quiet and thermally comfortable. This unique building also includes green living roofs, green living walls and solar panels.

PAE Engineering and LRS Architects will share how this project’s EUI goals and the owner’s commitment to sustainability, resident comfort and safety and health resulted in extensive analysis including:

  • Whole building and system life-cycle analysis (IESVE)
  • Building Passive House analysis scope and progression across the project (PHIUS)
  • Thermal bridging, moisture conditions and effects of humidity analysis with architectural coordination (WUFI)

Participants will also hear how the architecture and engineering teams applied the dual modeling analysis to better inform the building’s energy, life cycle and cost analysis. The webinar will conclude with a comparison of final results from both study pathways and the design and coordination lessons learned.

About the presenters:

Cynthia Schuster, senior associate, LRS Architects

Cynthia’s expertise lies in finding the best path forward to enhance the design intent with creative problem solving that provides unique and innovative solutions to very complicated projects. She serves as a firm-wide resource for quality assurance in building and energy code compliance.

Forest Tanier-Gesner, PE, associate, PAE Engineering

Forest is a mechanical engineer and building performance specialist with a decade in the industry. He has consulted on a wide variety of high performance and sustainable projects across all building sectors, helping the project teams understand the energy and emissions impacts of each design decision.


Wednesday, July 26

Presentation time: 12 – 1:30 pm


Webinar presentation through GoToWebinar.

Webinar log-in information provided at event registration.

CEUs available: 1.5 AIA HSW CEUS pending approval.


Date: July 26

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Event Category: Commercial, New Buildings, Training



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