The Green Rehab Experiment: Testing Sustainable Redevelopment Strategies

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This seminar will explore Washington University’s innovative Green Rehab Experiment. This multi-disciplinary applied research project aims to chart a path towards net-zero energy performance for 100-year-old, multi-family buildings within market constraints, while transforming the interiors to meet contemporary housing demands. Outcomes are measured through the comparison of control (standard specification) and experimental (high-performance) buildings with the goal of improving building and occupant performance.

DNK_Green Rehab Experiment_WU Quadrangle_745_749 Westgate_01The project engaged interdisciplinary groups of students, faculty, researchers and allied professionals to  renovate Quadrangle Housing apartment buildings into comfortable, low-carbon student housing.

Presenters Koster and Valko will explain the sustainable design strategies implemented, the procedures and tools used for monitoring, findings based upon the data that was collected, and policy implications for multi-family net zero energy building.

Donald N. Koster III, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis
Donald is a practicing architect and educator. As a senior lecturer, he teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios and seminars on sustainable, community-based design and development and architectural representation. Donald has received numerous honors for both academic and professional work, including the AIA School Medal and multiple AIA Awards in Architecture. He has been awarded public service and collaborative community health grants in support of his community-based teaching and research. Dedicated to the education of designers committed to work in both the public and private realms, his practice-based teaching and research has included leading the student design of a sustainable community marketplace and urban agriculture project in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis in collaboration with the St. Louis chapter of the American Institute of Architects, adaptive reuse proposals on the St. Louis Riverfront, and environmentally responsible, affordable housing projects in north St. Louis and The City of University City.

Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability, Washington University in St. Louis
Phil works with senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students to incorporate and implement sustainable practices into the university’s strategic planning, operations, and resource management. In the last few years, Phil and the team of campus collaborators have significantly expanded Washington University’s sustainability efforts. The university is now home to 21 LEED certified projects, including two major LEED Platinum projects. To-date, Phil has led the development of 550 kilowatts of solar PV on university-owned property. He spearheaded the creation of an updated Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations scheduled to be released in February 2016. Phil has also collaborated on a number of regional and state sustainability efforts, including: the 2012 Sustainable Land Lab competition hosted in partnership with the City of St. Louis, the steering committee appointed by Governor Nixon to develop a comprehensive energy plan for Missouri, and the Sustainable Energy Future conference planned for April 2016.

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 map

Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members; $45 for Non-members

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