North Commons at Village Hill Passive House

Market: Multifamily
Type: Affordable Housing, Office
Location: Northampton, MA
Developer/Owner: The Community Builders
Architect: Davis Square Architects
Building Size: 152,000 st; 3 stories; 53 units
Pending Certifications: Passive House Institute U.S.
Indoor AirPLUS
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home
LEED for Homes

Image courtesy of Davis Square Architects, Inc.

Project Background:

The Community Builders is one of America’s leading nonprofit housing organizations whose mission is to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. They realize their mission by developing, financing and operating residential communities, neighborhood amenities and resident opportunity programs. In their development work, TCB has worked to revitalize or construct high-quality, energy-efficient apartment homes. At North Commons at Village Hill, they are seeking to add a multifamily building that meets their sustainability goals and takes it to the next level of efficiency: the Passive House standard.

Working to achieve this level of performance and quality requires an integrated design process and teamwork from all parties throughout design and construction. This project is currently in design and will be seeking Passive House certification under the Passive House Institute U.S. Program, as well as certifications for Energy Star, Indoor Air Plus, and Zero Energy Ready Homes.

Project Services:

Steven Winter Associates provided program certification and energy modeling for the project.

Primary Energy Conservation Measures:

  • This ambitious design will result in superior comfort and indoor air quality, reduced space heating, and increased durability.
  • High efficiency features of this project include heat pump water heaters, photovoltaics, triple-pane windows and a super insulated façade.
  • Projected savings of 60-70% whole building energy demand.

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