Faculty Advisor

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

Date Accepted

April 2015


Architectural Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering