Christina Aßmann, Project Architect at Ashley McGraw Architects, presented at the 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Chicago, IL on Friday, November 16, 2018. Along with Amber Bartosh, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, they presented “Virtual Reality: An Emerging Tool for Sustainable Design.”

The presentation will highlighted the application of VR as a visualization and simulation tool to support the design process and educational outreach of Nuthatch Hollow. The presentation demonstrated how an immersive VR representation of the project that included environmental analysis and interactive educational content supported the understanding of the sustainable quality of the built environment. It introduced critical aspects of the Living Building Challenge criteria and how the Nuthatch Hollow Project design team met them using passive house standards to help reduce energy emissions. These design aspects and more are highlighted through a VR walk-through that easily conveys to the client and public how these design decisions contribute to a better built environment. The presentation explained the workflow for incorporating energy data in the immersive 3D environment. The presentation ended with a hands-on demonstration of the Nuthatch Hollow VR environment and invite participants to engage directly with the project.

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Sustainability is the foundation of Greenbuild. The theme for Greenbuild 2018 is Human By Nature (styled as Human x Nature). The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us.