Wheaton College's New Residence Hall Achieves Passive House Certification

Published 6-16-2020
  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall
  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall
  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall
  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall
  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall

    Courtesy of SGA.

  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall

    Courtesy of SGA.

  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall

    Courtesy of SGA.

  • Wheaton College - Pine Hall

    Courtesy of SGA.

Wheaton College's Pine Hall is the first academic residence hall in the state of Massachusetts to attain PHIUS certification from Passive House Institute US. Consuming 50 percent less energy than a conventional structure, the 45,000-sf facility features advanced HVAC and lighting systems, triple-glazed windows, solar shading, and high-performance walls and roofing. Prefabricated construction technologies were employed in the delivery of the four-story building, which offers 178 student beds and a 2,000-sf commons area for meetings, gaming competitions, yoga classes, and gatherings. The project, which opened on the Norton campus in August of 2019, was designed by SGA in collaboration with engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.

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