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PROJECT

the passive building pool, Rodell suggested modeling the boarding

as possible-both initial construction and operating costs over time.

house with 3D energy software that can work side by side with Au-

Additionally, "The company is very mission driven," Rodell re-

todesk Revit software. "Revit has been transformational to our shop,

marked. "There is more involved than just finances; there are quali-

and being able to put the PHIUS software on top of it really puts a lot

ty-of-life issues at play." Sunshine has a history of investing in inno-

of power in your hands as a designer."

vative quality-of-life enhancements, so Rodell was not surprised

Because Sunshine Health Facilities' business model is based on

Rodell didn't oversell it initially, to manage expectations. The de-

penses represents their best opportunity to affect the bottom line.

sign team modeled a building in WUFI passive-energy modeling

The four-story, 58-bed, 25,000-sq.-ft. boarding home-if built to code

software and then modeled it built-to-code to show the owner the

minimum-would spend more than $120,000 more each year on util-

differences. Passive House Institute U.S. provided a cost-benefit anal-

ity costs. Building a Net Zero facility represented tremendous

ysis spreadsheet to paint a more sophisticated financial portrait of the

low-hanging fruit because it could be done using current construc-

savings over time. In addition to the hard costs of construction and

tion technology, so Sunshine went for it. The building is pre-wired

daily operations, the analysis accounted for inflation, interest rates,

for solar panels on the roof, which the owner plans to install as fund-

and rate of change in the cost of energy over time (in Spokane, it is

ing becomes available. At that point, they could easily have a net-pos-

about 2% annually).
"We look at bracketed scenarios, worst-case to best-case, and they

More surprising was what it cost to get there: just $134/sq. ft., in-

can see without needing to have a crystal ball, what the range of

cluding soft costs. PHIUS+ construction costs less to build than

possibilities look like," Rodell explained. The predicted savings were

comparable mainstream construction.

in the six-figures, and the project has delivered more than promised.

Beyond the financial benefits and energy savings, passive-house

After getting so much building for their construction budget, af-

construction improves the quality of care and living conditions for

ter not paying utility bills for the building, and after experiencing the

the people who live there. Passive-house elements "make a much

comfort and indoor environmental quality of the facility, when it

more comfortable, quieter building...with purified air that eases respi-

came time to build the administration building, there was never a

ratory problems for our clients," reported Dr. Nathan Dikes, CEO of

question as to how they'd design it: PHIUS+.

Sunshine Health Services.

Sunshine Health Facilities' resident
building has 15-in.-thick walls and can
produce more energy than it uses.

when they embraced passive building.

fixed reimbursements, squeezing utility and value out of capital ex-

itive building.

exteriors

Passive House construction added costs to the building envelope,
in the form of thicker walls, better windows, and meticulous detail-

THE BUSINESS CASE

ing, but it lowered other expenses moving forward,particularly with

Despite the superior comfort and indoor air quality, the project's de-

things such as firewalls.

sign process was primarily cost driven. Sunshine Health's income

Despite the tradeoffs, the finished cost of the project was lower

potential is limited and established mainly by outside agencies. Profit

than a comparable built-to-code building would be because once the

margins are extremely narrow, so the design must be as economical

building envelope was completed, the remainder of the project went
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture November 2017

The Architects
Preserve Or Restore?
Adaptive Reuse
Light, Sound Contribute to Comforting Experience
Access Flooring Saves Energy, Improves IAQ
Green Walls Welcome Restaurant Guests
High-Profile Ceilings
HVAC System Redirects Convent Resources
Lighting Complements 'Study Cascade' Design
Assembly-Plant Lighting Retrofit
Brewing Up Lighting
Have It All: Quality, Comfort, Efficiency, Cost Savings
Translucent Facade Highlights Learning
Historical Details, High-Performance Windows
Protecting And Enlightening History
Most-Wired Hospital Saves Big
Showcase
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Preserve Or Restore?
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Light, Sound Contribute to Comforting Experience
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Access Flooring Saves Energy, Improves IAQ
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Green Walls Welcome Restaurant Guests
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Brewing Up Lighting
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Have It All: Quality, Comfort, Efficiency, Cost Savings
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Historical Details, High-Performance Windows
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Protecting And Enlightening History
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Commercial Architecture November 2017 - Most-Wired Hospital Saves Big
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