Virginia Tech – Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center

ClientMalcom Rosenberg Hillel Center at Virginia Tech
LocationBlacksburg - Virginia
Size8,000 SF
HighlightsFirst US Passivhaus Mixed Use Assembly Building PHIUS Certified - First Project in the World to Include Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hood in the Passivhaus Envelope.
Energy Use65% Below Code (predicted)

Hillel Center

The 8,000 SF Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center for Jewish Life in Blackburg, Virginia, employs airtight Passivhaus building envelope with superinsulation, high performance windows and doors, super-efficient energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), and carbon dioxide sensors to negotiate the huge range of occupancy demand inherent in community centers.

At the Hillel Center we employed an airtight Passivhaus building envelope with superinsulation, high performance windows and doors, and super-efficient energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) for a constant supply of fresh air. These measures decreased heating and cooling demand so much that we eliminated conventional (and expensive) mechanical systems and replaced them with smaller, more efficient equipment. The cost savings allowed us to build the project at just $135/SF, comparable to conventional construction.