Rushing’s own Alexandra Ramsden and Nathan Miller along with Myer Harrell from Weber Thompson were recently interview by Meghan Hall from The Registry regarding their research on “Pursuing High-Rise Multifamily Energy Efficiency in Seattle.”  This study sheds light on the future of Seattle high-rise multifamily energy efficiency, and narrows and prioritizes the best practices to be aware of when planning future developments of this type.  Rushing and Weber Thompson co-authored this white paper, in recognition of the close collaboration and integrative design necessary between engineers and architects for successful performing buildings.

From The Registry article by Meghan Hall:

Market demand for high-rise multifamily (HRMF) product has taken off in Seattle as the City attempts to keep up with its current rate of population growth. In 2018 alone, more than 10,000 high-rise residential units were at varying stages of the entitlement and construction throughout downtown Seattle, South Lake Union and the First Hill neighborhood, accounting for a large portion of new dwelling units in the region. With large-scale development playing a pivotal role in the Puget Sound, Seattle-based architecture and design firm Weber Thompson and Rushing, a multidisciplinary firm focused on mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, partnered to examine how future iterations of the environmental code will impact HRMF design and development. The report, drafted by Myer Harrell, director of sustainability at Weber Thompson, Alexandra Ramsden, Rushing’s director of sustainability, and Nathan Miller, a senior energy analyst at Rushing, came to a somewhat surprising conclusion: Even as the Seattle Energy Code (SEC) continues to change every three years, HRMF product should be able to keep pace with future environmental standards without the need for groundbreaking new technologies.

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