Van Dessel, Steven
In this project, a high-performance building design for the Addition to Kaven Hall is proposed to address the space needs of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at WPI. The addition is a multi-use academic building with three floor levels and one mezzanine level. It offers dedicated studio space, building science labs, classrooms and offices. Studies of solar radiation, daylighting conditions and energy consumptions were conducted to optimize the building’s performance, including visual and thermal comfort and energy usage. Parametric studies of the energy performance were conducted in the DesignBuilder software to optimize the building envelope systems. The final design incorporates a double skin facade and utilizes mechanical and natural ventilation.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering