This team’s contract with a university client for a new 210,000-square-foot student housing project required LEED v4 Silver, a worthwhile goal. But the team wanted to punch up to meet more aggressive sustainability goals – Passive House and Living Building Challenge Materials Petal – within the same design and construction budget. Did they succeed? In this session, you’ll hear key findings associated with energy modeling, solar shading, water management, healthy materials, and high-performance building envelope. We’ll explore the metrics employed to evaluate options and their return on investment to make it palatable to naysayers and confirm financial feasibility. Speakers will also discuss the teams’ persistent approach to strive for a better building and strategies to engage the complex group of university stakeholders.