How low can multifamily go? Like any building type, multi-unit residential projects can be designed to have very low energy use and high levels of occupant comfort, safety, and health. However, they do have some unique challenges. In this recorded presentation, John Straube looks at what’s different about multifamily buildings (including mechanical systems and the need for effective fire and sound separation), how much energy they typically use, and some of the in-service performance problems experienced. He also discusses strategies for achieving Net-Zero and other high-performance goals, and considers what lessons can be learned about improving the energy performance of any multifamily project.
Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist
At RDH, John conducts forensic investigations, assists with the design of new high performance buildings, and leads research projects in the areas of low-energy building design, building enclosure performance, hygrothermal analysis, and field performance monitoring. Dr. Straube is also a cross-appointed faculty member in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Straube’s leadership as a building scientist and an educator has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Building Science Education from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC).
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