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|About||PH01:BRK is a student designed Passive House located in Brookings SD. It will be built as part of a grant received by the SDSU Department of Architecture.|
The South Dakota State University Department of Architecture (SDSU DoArch) has been awarded a Future Funds grant by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to integrate curriculum using relevant technologies specified by U.S. Passive House Standards. The initiative is an ongoing, self-sustaining, and collaborative effort led by student design teams. The grant provides for training, research, and monitoring of new and existing Passive Houses, and most visibly, the design, development, and construction of PH01:BRK, the first passive house in Brookings. A DoArch graduate architecture studio has completed the design, and construction commenced in October 2017. The project is partnering with Brookings Built Green, the general contractor.
Students are working in collaboration on many aspects of the design. In addition to the studio, building workshops, seminars, and technology courses are being offered that support this project and energy-conscious construction in general. Currently, PH01:BRK is in the process of completing PHIUS Pre-Certification. This includes the review of an energy model, building envelope details, mechanical and ventilation system design, and other criteria that "challenges the building industry to construct buildings that can maintain a comfortable indoor environment with very low operating energy."
As part of the larger Passive Housing Initiative, DoArch advocates for the Passive House standard as an alternative for normative design and construction types. The combination of a specific, low-energy building system with the department's research, teaching, and outreach capacities is intended to jump-start our regional design and construction industry.