Columbus Ave. Affordable Passive House
Located in the heart of Jackson Square, the transit-oriented 65-unit affordable housing project for Urban Edge will be built on a previously developed site within short walking distance of the MBTA Orange Line, several bus routes, and various retail and service options. 1599 Columbus is pursuing Passive House certification through the PHIUS+2018 standard, building upon a successful Passive House Feasibility Study through the Mass Save Multifamily Passive House Incentive Program. As such, the design team has integrated energy modeling into the design process to optimize building envelope insulation, thermal and air barrier continuity, and high performance glazing to drive down heating and cooling loads. Right-sized MEP systems include balanced energy recovery ventilation and a high performance, all-electric central VRF system, and future-ready PV infrastructure. This level of performance will result in reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, low operational costs, enhanced thermal comfort and indoor air quality, and greater levels of resilience.