Achieving Performance Goals: Modular New vs. Retrofit Existing

Two very different projects – Oak Bluffs Town Hall and The Graphic Lofts – share a common goal to create a passive-house-inspired high-performance building. One building utilizes conventional construction techniques, the other building employs off-site construction strategies. These case studies will review decisions made and lessons learned following each project’s approach. The speakers will compare and contrast the challenges and benefits of on- and off-site construction to realize this common goal. We will discuss early design decisions, performance strategies, and construction details for each project, identifying areas of cross-fertilization between stick-built and modular projects. We will reflect on our experiences in the hope that you will find them valuable as you evaluate your next building opportunity.

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Event Time: 

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:00am

CEU Information: 

AIA 1.0 LU/HSW
BPI 1.0 hour
GBCI LEED BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1 hour
Conference-day attendance credits available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe key features that promote health and wellness in a high-performance building
  • Assess when building reuse is the right construction strategy
  • Evaluate when modular/offsite construction is the right construction strategy
  • Enumerate benefits and challenges of achieving performance goals of the two construction approaches

Session ID: 

BOS21-601