The Green Rehab Experiment is a multi-year, interdisciplinary research project focused on the comprehensive sustainable renovation of off-campus student housing that is owned and managed by Washington University’s subsidiary, Quadrangle Housing.
This applied project aims to chart a path towards netzero energy performance for 100-year-old, multi-family buildings within current market constraints. The first phase of the experiment consists of two identical buildings that have been rehabbed as control (standard specification) and experimental (high-performance) buildings, with a focus on energy performance. The project engaged interdisciplinary groups of students, faculty, researchers and allied professionals to renovate the experimental building into comfortable, low-carbon student housing.
Student teams have played an integral role, from concept development to design and construction management. Faculty and students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, Arts & Sciences and the Olin Business School are involved.