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New case study added! Garfield Passive House in Williamstown!
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October 16, 2019

New case study added! Garfield Passive House in Williamstown!

Renovation into a passive house building?  A building from 1850? Can it be done?

If this was your question, then this Swegon Air Academy Case Study is the answer to you. The building is originally from 1850 built as a residence hall. The project is considered as a deep energy retrofit and the aim was to integrate the building with the surrounding landscape. Swegon Air Academy Case Studies are compelling interesting information about interesting buildings, renovations, building certification schemes and good indoor climate.

Garfield Passive House in Williamstown!

Garfield Passive House Residence Hall in Williams College is located in Massachusetts, USA. The building of 1,500 m2 was completely remodelled in 2019. Garfield House is a 40-bed, suite-style residence hall and it offers students common space, a kitchen, and a billiard room. Construction materials include enhanced wood framing and structural insulated panel systems.

Designed to meet Passive House (PHIUS) standards, this project has a targeted EUI (Energy Use Intensity) of 28. To meet these rigorous standards of energy efficiency, the building relies on passive ventilation and phase change materials for cooling. These measures lead not only to energy savings but also 50-80% cost savings in operating energy costs.

Garfield Passive House is designed to LEED Gold standards as well as a high-performance, wood-framed building using the “Passive House” design criteria and philosophy, which focus on a well-insulated, airtight outer shell, high-performance windows, and high-efficiency energy recovery. The roof is layered with insulation and is about 90 cm thick. The windows are all triple-paned, and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, the system works in the winter by recapturing the heat from the air before it is vented from the building.

Read more about this building (link here).

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