Structures Design Build of Roanoke has achieved pre-certification to construct a new Jewish center (above) using Passivhaus energy-efficiency technology. The Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center for Jewish Life, now under construction across from the Virginia Tech campus, will be the first religious building and the largest commercial building in the United States incorporating PassivStructures propriety technology and standards to achieve low-energy usage certification.
Passivhaus-certified structures typically use 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than conventional buildings. Pre-certification is part of the process whereby the Passive House Institute US confirms a project’s ultra low energy projections and methodology before construction. Passivhaus is a German term for a new trend in construction that meets extreme standards in energy efficiency.
The 8,000-square-foot center will provide an inclusive, nurturing environment with programming space needed for Jewish cultural, educational, social, and religious activities.