Green Building Housing

Jamaica Plain, Boston

About .......................................................................................

Energy Positive E+ Green Building Competition
Completion: 2011

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Credits   ..............................................................................................................

  • Project Team
  • Hansy Better Barraza
  • Anthony J. Piermarini
  • Eun Joo Kim
  • Developer
  • Urbanica Design + Development
  • General Contractor
  • TurnKey Development, Inc.

Overview   ..............................................................................................................

Our proposal for Mayor Menino’s Energy Positive E+ Green Building Demonstration Program introduces the townhouse type to the Jamaica Plain Woodbourne neighborhood, contributing to the diversity of homes in the area while remaining respectful of the existing neighborhood character. The design competition was held by the City of Boston on city-own property to promote the next generation of high performance deep green building prototypes in Boston. The E+ Program is an initiative of the Boston Environment Department, the Department of Neighborhood Development and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The building consists of two typical units, approximately 1,500 sf each, sharing a mirror twin relationship with the central party wall. Variations in proportion and scale are developed as a response to the unique triangular site configuration. We see this as a soft prototype, where the spatial layout and systems of a basic unit can be adapted to fit the specific demands of the site, its context and particular climate.

The proposal seeks to obtain LEED Platinum, HERS index: -9