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DIALOG Team Presents at Passive House Canada Conference: Designing for a Hot and Dry Climate

May 12, 2022

Join DIALOGers Saurabh Shrestha, Associate and sustainability consultant, and Haobo Liu, sustainability specialist, for their presentation “Designing MURBs for a Hot and Dry Climate by Integrating Environmental Analysis” as part of the 2022 Passive House Canada Conference, on May 26, 2022.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday May 26, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
Location: Virtual & in-person

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Designing MURBs for a Hot and Dry Climate by Integrating Environmental Analysis

Hermosillo is known as “the city of the sun” because it is in one of the zones that receive the greatest solar energy in the world. Our team has been working on residential development in this location, much of which is constructing midrise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs). The design team identified several challenges with the design of MURBs in a hot and dry climate, including less flexible orientation, less daylight opportunity, and less cross-ventilation possibility. Through environmental analysis, the design team explored various strategies to overcome these challenges to achieve daylight, energy and comfort targets and applied them to the project. This project presents that by incorporating knowledge about the environmental performance in the design process, the designers could benefit from the wind, sun, and heat in this hot and dry climate and better amalgamate architectural design with performance objectives.

Saurabh Shrestha is a sustainability consultant with experience in collaborating with project teams to realize their sustainability goals through an integrated design process. Saurabh has wide-ranging skills in building performance analysis, including early-phase energy and daylight simulations, and has delivered LEED certification for several projects in the mixed-use/residential, commercial, healthcare, sports and education sectors. Before joining DIALOG in Toronto, Saurabh worked as a sustainability consultant in California for five years. Saurabh has a background in Architecture and is a LEED® Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction and a WELL Accredited Professional.

Haobo Liu is an award-winning sustainability designer. He is a practitioner who advocates green building design and carries on through the design process by introducing new solutions and collaborating with various stakeholders. Haobo has presented his projects and research at various venues, including the 24th International Passive House Conference with his First-Prize award project from the 2019 High-Performance Buildings Design Competition. Besides his practice, Haobo is an adjunct professor teaching high-performance building courses at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in UBC.

About the Passive House Canada Conference

The Passive House Canada Conference is a national annual event that will celebrate the advancement that Passive House has made in Canada and also highlight the challenges that are in front of us. Climate Change, Health & Wellness, Retrofits and Affordability will be at the forefront of the discussions.

At the Passive House Canada Conference, participants can expect to participate in engaging and interactive sessions that will further enhance their knowledge of the standard and how it supports emission reduction. Those new to the standard will find opportunities to network and learn from other Passive House enthusiasts.

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