Research Fellowship

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General

Assessing the challenges and opportunities for Passive House design for high-density residential in select U.S. markets and climates. SCB is seeking a research fellow for the summer of 2018. The duration of the appointment is from June through August with a competitive salary. The topic of research is: Assessing the challenges and opportunities for Passive House design for high-density residential in select U.S. markets and climates.

Building upon studies and projects completed or in progress, most notably those undertaken in the NYC metropolitan area, this study will identify the main impacts of designing to the PHIUS standard for typical high-density residential
projects in several large US markets with representative climates. Potential impacts to be studied include changes to
building form, envelope design and detailing, HVAC types and efficiencies, and whole-building airtightness. Drawing on SCB’s extensive experience in this building type and these markets, the study will identify the critical impacts of the Passive House standard, discuss the feasibility in today’s market, and identify pathways for adoption.

Working with the Director of Sustainability, the Fellow will be responsible for refining the program and process, performing the modeling, problem solving, and reporting the results. The Fellow will interact with SCB project teams as needed to inform the process and check results. At the end of the term the Fellow will share their findings with the firm.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • A background in architecture, engineering, and/or sustainability
  • A basic knowledge of building design, mechanical systems, and building construction
  • Some experience with building simulation and modeling tools
  • An ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Good verbal and writing skills

 

The following is not required, but is preferred:

  • Experience with relevant building simulation and modeling tools such as: Honeybee/Ladybug, Equest, IES, WUFI, Passive, Therm
  • Previous Passive House experience and/or Passive House training completed