Both the 2 Bedroom Units and the Attached Units are based off of the same modular footprint to allow fort efficient construction and reduce upfront costs for affordability. This one-size-fits-all strategy not only greatly reduces the cost of construction, but also provides a generous yet fully compact form that facilitates low heating and cooling needs. Two bedroom units are detached whereas one bedroom units are attached.
NET ZERO ENERGY
Designed to Passive House standards, each unit takes advantage of a full 12” of exterior wall to provide superior insulation and thermal efficiency. This could be achieved through using structural insulated panels (SIPS) or through advanced framing techniques – yet to be determined.
This energy efficiency reduces the overall energy needs of the building, allowing 100% of the energy to be provided by the rooftop PV arrays.
Despite their compact form, each unit feels incredibly spacious, due to the generous quality of natural light that floods each space through large windows and multiple skylights and the vaulted ceilings featured inside.. Solar tubes or skylights within the bathrooms and laundry bring natural light into even the subservient spaces.
WATER AND WASTE
The homes could either be connected to municipal water and waste or decoupled depending on interest from the homeowners and willingness by the city to approve alternative means of water collection – like rainwater and waste treatment through composting. Greywater could be handled within the site or be connected to the municipal system.