Time with LHB:
What’s your favorite LHB project you’ve worked on?
Currently, a prototypical net-zero energy office-warehouse design guide and concept building.
Why do performance services matter?
LHB’s Performance Services promote human and environmental wellness within our built environment.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?
Living off grid, driving a Tesla, tending to a flock of angora goats and selling handspun mohair yarn at local farmer’s markets.
Day to day I work to integrate performance based design on LHB projects. My first ‘real’ design project was a passive solar house for my parents in northern Alberta, Canada over 10 years ago! It leverages the clear sunny winters, deep overhangs, a tight thermal envelope, and balanced “glass to mass” ratio so that on cold winter days the house can stay warm with little more than the wood burning fireplace! More recently as part of my Master of Science in Sustainable Design degree (and a continuation on my theme of passive sustainable design strategies) I investigated a methodology to use phase change materials (thermal energy storage) as not only a functional but also architectural design element.
More broadly, I endeavor to guide and support LHB in adopting high performance building best practices. Late 2016 LHB made the AIA 2030 Commitment and 2017 will be the first year we report annually on the modeled (and actual if available) energy performance of new construction and substantial renovation projects. I believe steps like this are pivotal in an industry wide transformation to become more environmentally responsive and responsible and am optimistic that LHB will continue to lead the way.
Authored by Abby Meuser-Herr, March 1, 2017